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Redbones Somerville MA (update)

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Kinfolks Award Winning BBQ Taunton MA

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Surfside Smokehouse Plymouth MA

Sweet Cheeks Boston MA (update)

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Hoodoo Brown Ridgefield CT

Dinosaur BBQ Stamford CT

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Wire Mill BBQ Redding CT

Brick & Tin Bridgewater MA

Smoky Bro's Shelburne Falls MA

Rock 'n' Roll Rib Joint

Medfield MA

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Larry J's BBQ Cafe Boston MA

Northern Bell Brooklyn NY

Moe's South Portland ME

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New England Country Market Haverhill MA

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Walrus + Carpenter Bridgeport CT

Bear's Smokehouse Hartford CT

Blue Smoke NYC (update)

Arrogant Swine Brooklyn NY

Cask 'n' Flagon Boston MA (update)

Riverside Barbeque Nashua NH (update)

Lady C&J Soul Food Brockton MA

Mexicue (Times Square) NYC

Po's Ribs & BBQ Acton MA (update)

American BBQ Rowley MA (update)

Northern Smoke Carmel NY

Black-eyed Sally's

Hartford CT (update)

Top of the Hill Grill Brattleboro VT

Rosebud Somerville MA

Brutopia Cranston RI

Humo Smokehouse Brooklyn NY

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Cambridge MA (update)

Causeway Boston MA

Chip Shots Littleton MA

Bluebird BBQ Burlington VT

3 Guys Basement BBQ

Hanover NH (update)

Meadowbrook Orchards Sterling MA

Full Rack Smokehouse Revere MA

Smokin' Al's

Massapequa Park NY (update)

South Shore BBQ Patchogue NY

Mara's Too Wantagh NY

Lilian's Smokin' Rack Boston MA

Bobbique Patchogue NY (update)

Depot Grille & Bar Pepperell MA

Carnivores Milford MA

G. Lee's Brooklyn NY

Hill Country Brooklyn NY

Wildwood Barbeque Hadley MA

AD's Barbeque Portsmouth NH

Morgan's Brooklyn NY

Smokehouse Tavern Lowell MA

Riverside Barbeque Nashua NH

SlowBones Burlington MA

Coast Cafe Cambridge MA (update)

Memphis Joe's Weymouth MA

Salvage BBQ Portland ME

State Park Cambridge MA

Hometown BBQ Brooklyn NY

Marathon Burgers & Barbeque Hopkinton MA

JW's Burger Bar Scituate MA

Mo Gridder's Bronx NY

Mason Jar NYC

Buck's Naked Portland ME

Taste of Texas Bennington NH

Bear's Windsor CT

4 Points BBQ Winterport ME

Mainely Meat on Main

Ellsworth ME

BBQ Red Wappingers Falls NY

Tres Carnes NYC

Kinfolks Award Winning BBQ Brockton MA

Cask 'n' Flagon Boston MA

P&P Soul Food & BBQ

Brockton MA

BBQ Guy Truck Dover NH

Lonestar Empire Brooklyn NY

Fink's Smokehouse

Dumont NJ

Goody Cole's Smokehouse

Brentwood NH (update)

Phil's Old Fashioned BBQ

Milford NH

Wicked Awesome BBQ

East Thetford VT

Route 4 Country Store

White River Junction VT

Mable's Smokehouse

Brooklyn NY(update)

Vermont Maple BBQ Randolph VT

Summer Shack Dedham MA

Sista's BBQ Brunswick ME

BrisketTown Brooklyn NY

Smokestack Urban BBQ

Worcester MA (update)

Fletcher's Brooklyn NY

Blue Ribbon Arlington MA

Slater's Bolton MA

The Farm Manchester NH

Joff's Backyard Grill

Bellingham MA

Lester's Roadside BBQ

Burlington MA (update)

Ducks Eatery NYC

Ladder 133 Providence RI

Mighty Quinn's NYC

Firebox BBQ Bedford MA (update)

 

 

 

 

 

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Ken's Steakhouse Framingham MA

Snappy Pattys Medford MA

Red Raven Acton MA

2 Ovens Shrewsbury MA

Bartley's Cambridge MA

WuBurger Woburn MA

Wheelhouse Boston MA

Rossetti Restaurant Lynn MA

The Blue Ox Lynn MA

The Bancroft Burlington MA

Mama's Boy S. Norwalk CT

Townsman Boston MA

Blue Dragon Boston MA

The Fix Worcester MA

Gibbet Hill Grill Groton MA

Chopps Burlington MA

Del Frisco's Grille Burlington MA and Chestnut Hill MA

Hard Times Sundaes Brooklyn NY

Retro Burger Arlington MA

Minetta Tavern NYC

Ceres Bistro Worcester MA

Kirkland Tap & Trotter Somerville MA

Casey's Diner Natick MA

Alden & Harlow Cambridge MA

Smashburger Natick MA

Beat Hotel Cambridge MA

White Manna Hackensack NJ

Crazy Burger Narragansett RI

Farmstead Providence RI

Burger Boys Lincoln RI

SkyBokx 109 Natick MA

Brew City Worcester MA

Shake Shack Chestnut Hill MA

Trade Boston MA

The Sinclair Cambridge MA

Lincoln Tavern S. Boston MA

The Brindle Room NYC

Coney Island Worcester MA

Craigie On Main Cambridge MA

Elevation Burger S. Portland ME

Bobby's Burger Palace

Burlington MA

Oak Long Bar Boston MA

Met Back Bay Boston MA

Burger Dive Somerville MA

Shake Shack Connecticut

Farmstead Table Newton MA

M3 Somerville MA

RF O'Sullivan & Son Somerville MA

Grass Fed Jamaica Plain MA

Catalyst Cambridge MA

Happy's Boston MA

Louis Lunch New Haven CT

Nosh Portland ME

Brick Wall Burger

Greenfield MA

JM Curley Boston MA

Shake Shack NYC

Grumpy White's Quincy MA

Wahlburgers Hingham MA

Abigail's Cambridge MA

Eastern Standard Boston MA

Firebrand Saints

Cambridge MA

Griddler's Boston MA

BGR Burger W. Hartford CT

The Gallows Boston MA

Max Burger W. Hartford CT

Gilley's PM Lunch

Portsmouth NH

Lexie's Joint Portsmouth NH

The Boynton Worcester MA

Plan B W. Hartford CT

White Hut W. Springfield MA

Russell House Tavern

Cambridge MA

Burgers, Shakes & Fries

Greenwich CT

Five Napkin Burger

Boston MA

The Butcher Shop Boston MA

Ritual Worcester MA

Scholars Boston MA

Corey's Catsup & Mustard Manchester CT

Radius Boston MA

Back Bay Social Club Boston MA

Harry's Bar & Burger Providence RI

Beehive Boston MA

Lord Hobo Cambridge MA

Towne Boston MA

 

Other Reviews:

Backroom Waltham MA

Union Square Donuts Somerville MA

Floramo's Chelsea MA

New Bridge Cafe Chelsea MA

Katz's Delicatessen NYC

Fogo de Chao Boston MA

Frank Pepe's Pizzeria

New Haven CT

Donna's Donuts

Tewksbury MA

 

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Blackstrap BBQ opening

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Dinosaur Harlem's new digs

BT's Smokehouse opening

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2009 Chili Rankings

Phantom BBQ Beach Party '09

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Phantom BBQ Beach Party '08

Nick Solares Interview

Inner Beauty Hot Sauce

Hog Pit vs Hill Country

NY vs Boston

How To Be A Good Waiter

Jake Jacobs at Roadhouse

NY is Boston, Boston is NY

Chris Hart interview

Wildwood review rebuttal

Blue Ribbon commissary

Chris Schlesinger interview

 


 

 

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(07/21/16)

New Hampshire BBQ: Smokeshow Barbeque Reviewed

The site's 347th barbecue review is for Smokeshow Barbeque (Concord NH), a Texas style over-the-counter joint set in a shopping plaza. Check the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

 

 

See my review of Smokeshow Barbeque

 

 

 

 

 

(07/08/16)

Joints Directory Madness

Here's the latest batch of barbecue Joints directory activity, spanning five states. This time there are nine new joints (or new to the site), one new expansion, three closings, one pending closing and one move.

 

 

NEW JOINTS and/or NEW TO THE DIRECTORY

 

  • Smoke Shop BBQ (Cambridge MA) is now open in the One Kendall Square complex that also includes barbecue dabbler State Park. This much anticipated joint is by barbecue champion Andy Husbands (Tremont 647), whose competition team IQue is a perennial winner on the local circuit and nationally recognized as the grand champion of the prestigious Jack Daniels in 2009. Beyond the usual ribs, pork, brisket and chicken, Smoke Shop offers smoked-then-fried chicken, fish, steaks and even smoked tofu. Grab a gang and you can dig into a whole pig or whole brisket with all of the sides. www.thesmokeshopbbq.com

 

  • Sammy's House of BBQ (NYC) is a three-story joint near Times Square that marks the triumphant return of "Big Lou" Elrose, who previously manned the pits at Wildwood and Hill Country, also in Manhattan. www.sammysbbq

 

  • Preppy Pig (Warren RI) is a recently opened restaurant with a sibling on the way, targeted for Jamestown. The menu features pork ribs, pulled pork, brisket, chicken, sausage links, and beef ribs on Fridays and Saturdays. Thanks to Thomas for the lead. www.preppypigbbq.com

 

  • Binge BBQ (Newport RI) is a new joint with s southern-meets-BBQ menu that includes ribs, brisket, pulled Pork, smoked pork belly, smoked turkey, hot pastrami, fried chicken and biscuits. Thanks to Eric for the lead. www.bingebbqri.com

 

  • Taino Smokehouse (Spring Valley NY) is a Hudson Valley expansion of the Middletown CT joint that's also working on a Meriden CT location that's targeting a fall 2016 opening. Thanks to Marty for the lead. www.tainosmokehouse.com

 

  • Mago Point Smokehouse (Waterford CT) is a new barbecue outfit that marks the return of pitmaster Pete Daversa, who previously made a name for himself at Blue Smoke and Hill Country in New York City, and more recently as the opening pitmaster at Taino Smokehouse (Middletown CT). You can get a taste of his smoky wares at the Niantic Farmers Market on Thursday afternoons. www.magopointsmokehouse.com

 

  • Billy Goats BBQ (West Dennis MA) is a new Cape Cod BBQ joint with a bar, live music and a menu that offers barbecue by the pound and in combos. Beyond the usual suspects, they offer smoked wings, brisket chili, burnt ends and a few non-BBQ appetizers. Thanks to Steven and Mark for separate leads. www.billygoatsbbq.com

 

  • Wood and Smoke BBQ (Middlefield CT) is s barbecue trailer doing temporary duty until s permanent location becomes ready. There currently offering brisket and pulled pork sandwiches, along with daily specials, with the idea to expand the menu with time. Thanks to Marty for the lead. Facebook

 

  • Linda's Rib Kage (Brooklyn NY) is a barbecue/soul joint in Bed-Stuy offering beef ribs, pork ribs, jerk pork loin, jerk chicken, fried chicken and all the soulful sides you'd expect. Thanks again to Marty for the lead. Facebook

 

  • Morrell's BBQ (Stoughton MA) is a new barbecue truck that sets up every Wednesday through Saturday at the Sons of Italy parking lot. Thanks to Mark for the lead. www.morrellsbbq.info

 

 

CLOSINGS

 

  • Po's Ribs and BBQ (Acton MA) is now closed. The owners, who previously ran the Chinese restaurant Ginger Court across town, are bringing that concept back in this space. Thanks to Tom for the info.

 

  • Newfound Wild Hog (Bristol NH) is closed. Thanks to Dave for the info.

 

  • Witty and Droll BBQ (Warren NH) has closed, probably for a while now.

 

  • Back Forty West (NYC), a joint that I already "grayed out" because its menu moved away from the barbecue presence it had at opening, will close on July 16. It is the last remaining restaurant in the stable of chef Peter Hoffman, who has announced that he'll focus on "curated events, pop-ups, and more published prose."

 

 

OTHER CHANGES

 

  • Tennessee Jed's (Wantagh NY) is a longtime Long Island barbecue joint that has shut down its original location and has moved to Lindenhurst NY.

 

 

 

 

 

(05/12/16)

Joints Directory Madness

Here's the latest batch of barbecue Joints directory activity, spanning four states. This time there are nine new joints (or new to the site), five closings (one of which was already "grayed out") and one impending closing.

 

 

NEW JOINTS and/or NEW TO THE DIRECTORY

 

  • Smokeshow Barbeque (Concord NH) is a new joint in New Hampshire's capital that serves meats (ribs, brisket, turkey, pulled pork, pork loin and "goodness") by the half pound. The location is strip mall, the smoker is a J&R and the "goodness" is to be determined soon. Thanks to Jeff for the lead. www.smokeshowbarbeque.com

 

  • Barrel Saloon & Texas BBQ (Albany NY) is a new addition to the warehouse district of New York's state capital. Beyond the usual barbecue fare, they offer smoked wings, burnt ends and smoked meatloaf. They have a mechanical bull, couches backed with whiskey barrels and live musical entertainment every weekend. www.barrelsaloon.com

 

  • Bull and Barrel Smokehouse Grill (Latham NY) is a new joint in the Albany suburbs serving "traditional BBQ with a modern twist." In addition to the BBQ standards, they plate both wet and dry ribs and offer house cured and smoked pastrami. www.thebullandbarrel.com

 

  • The Memphis King (Schenectady NY) is a small barbecue joint that thinks outside the box with smoked and fried chicken thighs and homemade kettle chips. They do the typical spare ribs, brisket and pulled pork too, all cooked on inexpensive offset smokers and all very promising based on Yelp photos. www.thememphiskingschenectady.com

 

  • The Meat Truck (New Haven CT) is a globally influenced, butcher shop inspired, gourmet sandwich truck whose location varies; they invite you to call them to see where they're set up each day. Regular stops include Thursday and Friday lunches in downtown New Haven on Church Street (between Wall and Grove streets) and Friday afternoons in Hamden at No Worries Brewery. Sandwiches include smoked brisket and pulled pork, a Cubano, a cheesesteak and a burger, with smoked wings also available. www.themeattruckco.com

     

  • Smoke Shack Blues (Port Jefferson NY) is a new Long Island joint that took a while to open, but they're open now. Thery're regionally focused, with even the soda and beer offerings sourced from the major barbecue regions. Based on a report from someone I trust, it was worth the wait. Maybe it's because they stick to the four barbecue basics of pork ribs, pulled pork, brisket and chicken, with brisket also available in sliders and chili. Thanks to Guy for the lead.
    www.smokeshackblues.com

     

  • Ricky D's Rib Shack (Derby CT) is a food truck with a compact menu of ribs, wings and barbecue sandwiches (chicken, pork, brisket, tri-tip). Sweet and tangy flavors collide in Ricky D's custom "Kansalina" barbecue sauce. www.rickydsribshack.com

     

  • Judy's Bar & Kitchen (Stamford CT) is a second restaurant by the owners of Tabouli Grill. Serving "food your mom would cook if she had the time," Judy's features Low Country platters of pork ribs, beef ribs (evenings only), brisket, BBQ chicken, fried chicken and chicken & waffles. Daily happy hours from 3:00PM to 6:30PM offer deals on ribs and smoked wings. www.judysbarandkitchen.com

     

  • Connecticut BBQ (Bridgeport CT) is apparently a very new operation on Barnum Avenue, located a short walk from Bridgeport Hospital. They don't have a website or Facebook presence, so know that they don't open until 2:00PM daily.

 

CLOSINGS

 

  • Bobby Q's (Westport CT) has closed. This is a major loss, as this one one of the better barbecue joints in the state. Owner Bob LeRose has more tricks up his sleeve, so look for an opening of a new joint soon.

 

  • The Shop (Brooklyn NY) has closed. It took years to open after their big announcement. They didn't have a phone. Most of the menu wasn't even available the one time I tried it. Shocker? Hardly.

 

  • Pig Out BBQ (Schenectady NY) has closed, probably a while ago.

 

  • D&A Smokehouse (Scarsdale NY) has closed. They were shut down by a fire a while back and never got the operation back on track.

 

  • Jerry Remy's (Boston MA), which had already been "grayed out" in the directory because the barbecue presence once highlighting the menu had been phased out, is now closed for good.

 

OTHER CHANGES

 

  • 4 Points BBQ (Winterport ME) has announced that they will be closing on May 29. Kudos to them for giving their fans some advance notice. That's Memorial Day weekend, so it might be a worthy vacation stop.


 

 

 

(04/05/16)

BBQ Essays: 40 Truisms, Observations, Mottos and Rules of Thumb

With PigTrip winding down this year, I'm starting to think about legacy. Even the reviews that are up to date now (and I freely admit it's not even close to all of them) will become out of date at some point. So maybe it's the truisms, observations, mottos and rules of thumb listed here that have a greater chance for lasting power. Some have appeared before and some are controversial, but I believe in all of them. I hope some are worth remembering.

 

See the list here: Truisms, Observations, Mottos & Rules of Thumb

 

 

 

(03/21/16)

Joints Directory Madness

Here's the latest batch of barbecue Joints directory activity, spanning six states. This time there are five new joints (or new to the site), three expansions, three closings and four restaurants "grayed out" because the menus today don't have the same barbecue representation as when they were initially added.

 

 

NEW JOINTS and/or NEW TO THE DIRECTORY

 

  • Gotta Q (Cumberland RI) is the brick-and-mortar incarnation of their (still operating) barbecue food truck that started in Albion. They opened shop in early February with a limited menu that includes ribs on weekends. Facebook

 

  • Meat BBQ Company (Forked River NJ) is a brand new barbecue food truck whose menu features ribs, brisket, pulled pork and chicken, plus smoked wings, pig candy and burgers. www.meatbbqtruck.com

 

  • Mighty Quinn's Barbeque (NYC) continues its global expansion with another location on the Upper East Side. It's an area that could use another barbecue joint, so it's a nice addition to see, as is their next stop: Staten Island. Thanks to Chuck for the lead. www.mightyquinnsbbq.com

 

  • Waterfront Tavern (Holyoke MA) is a renovated tavern that has reopened under new ownership, Beyond the cosmetic changes, they've added a new food focus and have enlisted the barbecue services of Damn Yankees BBQ (Granby MA) toward that end. They'll smoke barbecue on site, according to a MassLive report, "serving everything from applewood pulled pork and Texas brisket to bacon-wrapped jalapeños and sweet potato casserole." Thanks to Mark for the lead. Facebook

 

  • Huntspoint Meat & BBQ (Epping NH) is a market with bulk takeout packages of smoked meats. Various combinations have family sized combos of ribs, pulled pork, brisket, chicken and turkey. And if the name sounds familiar, yes, they're based in the Bronx. Thanks to Sully for the lead. Facebook

 

  • Red White and Que Smokehouse (Kearny NJ) is a new barbecue joint run by two marine buddies looking to fulfill the American dream. The compact menu sticks to the basics, plus smoked Buffalo wings. Thanks to TF for the lead. www.redwhiteandqueme.com

 

  • Tres Carnes (Garden City NY) is the newish Long Island outpost at the Roosevelt Field Mall. Thanks to Chuck for the lead. www.trescarnes.com

 

  • Goodstuff Foods (Uxbridge MA) is a barbecue food truck starting its second season. Facebook

 

 

CLOSINGS

 

  • Danny's Little Taste of Texas (South Windsor CT) has closed, now focusing on catering only. Thanks to Zeke for the lead.

 

  • Apps and Ales (Patchogue NY) has closed, apparently in mid-2015.

 

  • Neely's Barbque Parlor (NYC) has closed. I think I announced this altready here but neglected to make the change in the directory until now. Thanks to Matt for the lead a while back.

 

 

OTHER CHANGES

 

  • AOA Bar & Grill hasn't closed, but the amount of barbecue representation has eroded to the point where they no longer belong in the directory.

 

  • Back Forty West (NYC) hasn't closed, but the amount of barbecue representation has eroded to the point where they no longer belong in the directory.

 

  • The Cecil hasn't closed, but the amount of barbecue representation has eroded to the point where they no longer belong in the directory.

 

  • Pork Slope (Brooklyn NY) hasn't closed, but the amount of barbecue representation has eroded to the point where they no longer belong in the directory.

 

 

 

(03/04/16)

Boston Burgers: Ken's Steakhouse Reviewed

Still cleaning out the files from this past holiday season with a burger review for Ken's Steakhouse (Framingham MA). Come for the salad dressing, stay for the burger?

See my burger review for Ken's Steakhouse

 

 

 

 

 

(02/28/16)

Boston Burgers: Snappy Pattys Reviewed

Still busting out of winter hibernation with another burger review, this time closer to Boston.Here's my take on Snappy Pattys (Medford MA), a small eatery with some of the best small burgers around.

See my burger review for Snappy Pattys

 

 

 

 

 

(02/14/16)

Boston 'Burbs BBQ: First Look at CK Pearl

Yes, it's a barbecue review at last, though more of a "First Look" to be finalized once I get a few more visits in. It's for CK Pearl (Essex MA), a waterfront restaurant that dabbles in barbecue in the heart of clam country.

 

 

See my "First Look" at CK Pearl

 

 

 

 

(02/02/16)

Joints Directory Madness

Here's the latest batch of barbecue Joints directory activity, spanning four states. This time there are four new joints (or new to the site) and two closings.

 

 

NEW JOINTS and/or NEW TO THE DIRECTORY

 

  • Fink's BBQ and Cheesesteak Roadhouse (Suffern NY) is a rebranding of the cult pitmaster's previous operation in the same space, Look for the cheesesteaks, obvi, along with Fink classics like smoked wings, Texas lollipops and crispy pulled pork with tangy apple barbecue sauce. www.finksbbqroadhouse.com

 

  • Harlem Bar-B-Q (NYC) is a January expansion to a second location on Lenox Avenue. It's a joint that Eater's Robert Sietsema (unfavorably) compared to Dallas BBQ. For what it's worth, the website claims the ribs are smoked, and the photo below (from the restaurant's website) looks worlds better than anything I've had at Dallas BBQ. Thanks to Chuck for the lead. www.harlembarbq.com

 

  • Kimchi Smoke (Bergenfield NJ) has soft opened, marking the brick and mortar debut of Robert Austin Cho's popular barbecue venture that's been touring the area at farmer's markets and pop-ups. The mash-up of Korean and barbecue features smoked meatsand kimchi in tacos and on donuts. www.kimchismoke.com

 

  • Traveling Texas Smoke Shop (Laconia NH) is a food truck on the strip of Route 3 between Lake Winnisquam and Lake Winnipesaukee. The menu includes pulled pork and chopped brisket sandwiches, plus leg quarters, ribs and rib ends. Thanks to Bruce for the lead. Facebook

 

 

 

CLOSINGS

 

  • Firebox BBQ (Bedford MA) showed so much promise out of the gate in 2009, then plateaued, coasted and tanked before calling it quits recently.

 

  • East Coast Grill (Cambridge MA) closed toward the end of January, capping a brilliant 30 year run with one final Hell Night. Not only did they deftly balance seafood, barbecue and spicy equatorial fare, but they broke in some amazing chefs over the years: Andy Husbands, Tim Partridge, Jason Santos, Mark Romano, Paul O' Connell and Tony Maws, to name just a few. And then there are the second- and third-generation barbecue joints either manned by or directly influenced by alums from ECG and Chris Schlesinger's early work at Jake and Earl's (the barbecue joint that became ECG's expansion into the Lava Lounge): Jake's Boss BBQ, Jake's Dixie Roadhouse, Way Back Eddy, Blue Ribbon, Lester's, Rouge, High Street Grill, Scratch Kitchen, Spitfires and probably a few more. My moles tell me that Chris Schlesinger still owns the building, so do not rule out a return. If Fast Eddy Felson can make a comeback, so can Schesinger. The cryptic farewell on the site certainly leaves open the possibility of a comeback in one form or another. www.eastcoastgrill.net

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(02/01/16)

Boston 'Burbs Burgers: Red Raven Reviewed

OK, time to bust out of winter hibernation. But just like a Red Sox slugger coming off the DL, I need to get my timing back with the PigTrip equivalent of a stint in Pawtucket: a burger review for a place in the Boston 'burbs. This time it's for Red Raven (Acton MA), a gastropub with an Edgar Allan Poe theme. The Quoth Burger has some interesting toppings.

See my burger review for Red Raven

 

I have a backlog of burger and barbecue reviews on deck (in various stages of completion), so I'll post as time allows. One thing's for certain: February will be more prolific than January.

 

 

 

 

 

(12/21/15)

Worcester Burgers: 2 Ovens Reviewed

Here's another holiday season burger review, this time for 2 Ovens (Shrewsbury MA), an experimental pizza restaurant just outside Worcester that cooks its burgers in a pizza oven imported from Italy.

See my burger review for 2 Ovens

 

 

 

 

 

 

(12/18/15)

Joints Directory Madness

Here's the latest batch of barbecue Joints directory activity, spanning four states. This time there are five new joints (or new to the site).

 

NEW JOINTS and/or NEW TO THE DIRECTORY

 

  • House of Que (Hoboken NJ) represents a new venture for Michael Rodriguez, formerly of the Salt Lick in Texas and still with the Tres Carnes mini-chain. House of Cue is a slick space with an L-shaped bar, a wall of TVs behind it, a stage for entertainment, cafeteria style ordering and possibly the best view of the Manhattan skyline of any barbecue joint near it. If you're a fan of Tres Carnes' chili, you'll find it here too. Thanks to Billy for the lead. www.houseofque.com

 

  • Billygoats BBQ (West Dennis MA) is a week-old Cape Cod barbecue joint offering ribs,pulled pork, brisket, smoked wings, fried chicken and lettuce wraps with smoked meats. Adding to the experience are a few TVs and live music on weekends. Thanks to Mark for the lead. www.billygoatsbbq.com

 

  • Blue Bayou BBQ (Clark NJ) is a new addition with the basic four in various permutations, plus meatloaf, a few different fish and steak options, pierogies with onions and a strong emphasis on desserts. www.bluebayoubbq.com

 

  • Two Neanderthals Smoking BBQ (Springfield VT) is a food truck featuring "caveman style" barbecue (ribs, pork and brisket) along with burgers, dogs and chili. Seems like they're open all year, Thanks to Jeff for the find.
    www.twoneanderthals.com

 

  • Smokin' Rib (Rockville Centre NY) is a new Long Island barbecue joint about which not much is known. But they do serve Shiner Bock, as evidenced by a neon in the doorway. Thanks to Sledneck for the lead. Facebook

 

 

 

 

(12/07/15)

Connecticut BBQ: Smoke Not Just BBQ Reviewed

The site's 346th barbecue review is for Smoke Not Just BBQ (Manchester CT), the third different barbecue joint in three years to occupy the same downtown space. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

 

 

See my review of Smoke Not Just BBQ

 

 

 

 

 

(12/01/15)

Boston 'Burgers: Bartley's Reviewed

A holiday weekend means a focus away from barbecue and towards burgers, so here's a look at one of Boston's old guard. The latest burger review is for Bartley's Gourmet Burgers (Cambridge MA), a Harvard Square institution that's been slinging burgers since the days of JFK.

See my burger review for Bartley's Gourmet Burgers

 

 

 

 

 

(11/27/15)

Boston BBQ: Redbones Re-reviewed

The barbecue re-reviews continue with Redbones (Somerville MA), another Boston barbecue legend in its third decade of operation.

See my review update for Redbones

 

 

 

 

(11/17/15)

Massachusetts BBQ: Ed's Famous BBQ Reviewed

The site's 345th barbecue review is for Ed's Famous BBQ (Fall River MA), an over-the-counter joint not too far off the highway.Check the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

 

 

See my review of Ed's Famous BBQ

 

 

 

 

(11/13/15)

Massachusetts BBQ: Kinfolks award Winning BBQ Reviewed

The site's 344th barbecue review is for Kinfolks Award Winning BBQ (Taunton MA), a food truck in a liquor store parking lot that slings barbecue year-round. Some of you may remember my 2013 review of their now-closed Brockton brick-and-mortar location; this one is a step up, at least for ribs. Check the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

 

 

See my review of Kinfolks Award Winning BBQ

 

 

 

 

(11/06/15)

Boston BBQ: Village Smokehouse Re-reviewed

The barbecue re-reviews continue with Village Smokehouse (Brookline MA), a fresh look at a joint that opened in 1987. Not much has changed in the nine years since my last review.

See my review update for Village Smokehouse

 

 

 

 

 

(11/02/15)

Boston 'Burbs Burgers: WuBurger Reviewed

Let's start the week with a burger review and end it with a barbecue review. The burger is WuBurger (Woburn MA), an over-the-counter joint with a retro look (and a burger with a Shake Shack look).

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See my burger review for WuBurger

 

 

 

 

(10/28/15)

Massachusetts BBQ: Surfside Smokehouse Reviewed

The site's 343rd barbecue review is for Surfside Smokehouse (Plymouth MA), an upstairs joint overlooking a marina on one side and the Mayflower on another. Yeah, that Mayflower. Check the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

 

 

See my review of Surfside Smokehouse

 

 

 

 

 

(10/26/15)

Boston Burgers: Wheelhouse Reviewed

Last week's time consuming Sweet Cheeks review monopolized my barbecue attention, so I've been burgering as a diversion lately. Here's a review for Wheelhouse (Boston MA), a Monday-through-Friday breakfast-and-lunch joint in the Financial District with a focus on burgers.

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See my burger review for Wheelhouse

 

 

 

 

(10/21/15)

Boston BBQ: Sweet Cheeks Re-reviewed

Here's a fresh look at Sweet Cheeks (Boston MA), a joint famous for its celebrity chef and its biscuits.

See my review update for Sweet Cheeks

 

 

 

 

(10/20/15)

Boston 'Burbs Burgers: Rossetti Restaurant's "The Burger" Reviewed

Relax, there's a barbecue review coming tomorrow and many more ahead, but today let's do one more burger theme, this time for Rossetti Restaurant (Lynn MA), a red sauce joint with a more than respectable burger.

See my burger review for Rossetti Restaurant

 

 

 

 

 

(10/19/15)

Joints Directory Madness - Expansion, Resurgence and Waterfront Edition

Here's the latest batch of barbecue Joints directory activity, spanning four states. This time there are five new joints (or new to the site), four closings and one changed URL.

 

NEW JOINTS and/or NEW TO THE DIRECTORY

  • Smokehouse 320 (Mamaroneck NY), an expansion of nearby Smokehouse Chili Grill (New Rochelle NY), opened last Wednesday. Speculation has it that one of upstate New York's most noted barbecue socialites has at least token involvement. The compact menu features smoked wings, ribs, pulled pork, pork belly and a stuffed pork chop. Burgers, stone fired pizzas and a few seafood and vegetarian items offer broader appeal. www.smokehousechili.com

  • Brother Jimmy's (Stamford CT) is yet another expansion of what may now be New York City's largest barbecue chain. It's also their first expansion into New England since the closing of their short-lived Cambridge MA outpost. www.brotherjimmys.com 

  • Joey C's Boathouse (Stratford CT) is an expansion of Joey C's Roadhouse (Milford CT). With a deck overlooking the water, the emphasis is on seafood and Mexican, but there's a pulled pork sandwich, babyback ribs and the same barbecue sauces from its barbecue sibling further north. Early Yelp reviews have been rough. www.joeycsboathouse.com

  • Bernardo's BBQ (East Providence, RI) is the comeback of Bernie Watson, formerly of LJ's BBQ (Providence, then Pawtucket). His daughter owns the place and the pulled pork, according to a trusted mole, is the same pan-fried style. Thanks to Jeff for the lead. www.bernardosbbq.com

  • Surfside Smokehouse (Plymouth MA) is a dockside restaurant by Fred Bisaillon and Denise Corson, owners of B-ACK Yard BBQ (Nantucket). Barbecue meats—smoked with whiskey and bourbon barrels from Kentucky—include ribs, brisket, pulled pork, kielbasa, half chickens and chicken "hot legs." The raw bar and seafood options run even deeper. Thanks to Mark for the lead. www.surfsidesmokehouse.com

 

 

CLOSINGS

  • Neely's Barbecue Parlor (NYC), the Manhattan BBQ joint theoretically run by Food TV power couple Pat and Gina Neely, closed shop last week. Thanks to Matt for the heads-up.

  • Smokin' Aces (Douglaston NY) is a Queens BBQ joint that has recently closed. Thanks to Nestor for the info.

  • Perigee (Lee MA) has closed. Thanks to Bill for the info.

  • Brick & Tin Barbeque (Bridgewater MA), "due to unforseen circumstances" [is] closed at this time," according to their phone greeting. Thanks again to Mark for the lead.

 

 

OTHER CHANGES

 

 

 

 

(10/14/15)

Boston 'Burbs Burgers: The Blue Ox Reviewed

Let's stick with the burger theme, this time with a burger review for The Blue Ox (Lynn MA), a north of Boston gastropub whose Sin Burger has won the last three Boston Burger Battle competitions.

 

 

See my burger review for The Blue Ox

 

 

 

 

 

(10/09/15)

Boston 'Burbs Burgers: The Bancroft Reviewed

Time for another burger review, this time for The Bancroft (Burlington MA), a town whose exploding restaurant scene includes a deep roster of burger destinations.

 

 

See my burger review for The Bancroft

 

 

 

 

 

(10/08/15)

Brooklyn BBQ: Four Lunches and Still Hungry

Here's a brief recap of a July crawl through Brooklyn and Queens that I had hoped would yield some reviews: Slide Bar-B-Q (Maspeth), Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (Gowanus), Pig Beach (Gowanus) and The Shop (Bushwick). It wasn't, as Robert Barone might say, meant to be. Still, there's enough to talk about to warrant this 4-joint, 5-stop crawl report.

 

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See my crawl recap of Slide / Dinosaur / Pig Beach / The Shop

 

 

 

 

 

(10/05/15)

Hudson Valley BBQ: Billy Joe's Ribworks Reviewed

The site's 342nd barbecue review is for Billy Joe's Ribworks (Newburgh NY), a popular indoor/outdoor joint overlooking the Hudson River. Check the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

 

 

See my review of Billy Joe's Ribworks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(10/02/15)

Connecticut BBQ: Hoodoo Brown Reviewed

The site's 341st barbecue review is for Hoodoo Brown Barbeque (Ridgefield CT), a 4-month-old joint that's taken western Connecticut by storm. Check the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my review of Hoodoo Brown Barbeque

 

 

 

 

 

(09/29/15)

Stamford BBQ: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que Reviewed

The site's 340th barbecue review is for Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (Stamford CT), a nearly 3-year-old outpost of a New York legend. Check out how it stacks up since my initial preview in the full fledged review, accessible via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my review of Dinosaur Bar-B-Que Stamford

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Recent Eats (click photo to view larger image)

Ribs at KC's Rib Shack, Manchester NH.

 

Brisket at Smokeshow BBQ, Concord NH.

 

Chicken, ribs and brisket at Smoke Shop, Cambridge MA.

 

Chicken at Smokestack Urban Barbecue, Worcester MA.

 

Wings at Smokestack Urban Barbecue, Worcester MA.

 

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Smoked wings at Rosebud, Somerville MA.

 

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Chicken, ribs and pulled pork at Firefly's, Marlborough MA.

 

Wings at Smokestack Urban Barbecue, Worcester MA.

 

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Ribs, pulled pork and brisket at Phil's Old-Fashioned BBQ (Milford NH).

 

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Ribs and brisket at Hometown Bar-B-Que, Brooklyn NY.

 

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Wings at Beast of Bourbon, Brooklyn NY.

 

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Brisket at Izzy's Smokehouse, Brooklyn NY.

 

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Brisket, pork belly, ribs, pulled pork and sausage link at Fette Sau, Brooklyn NY.

 

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Ribs at CK Pearl, Essex MA.

 

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Brisket and pork belly at Sweet Cheeks, Boston MA.

 

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Pulled pork sandwich at Firefly's, Marlborough MA.

 

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Brisket and ribs at Texas BBQ Company, Northborough MA.

 

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Babyback ribs at Buck's Naked BBQ, Portland ME.

 

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Ribs at Salvage BBQ, Portland ME.

 

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Pork ribs at Tony G's BBQ, Belmont MA.

 

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Pulled pork and brisket at Blackstrap BBQ, Winthrop MA.

 

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Ribs and pulled pork at Mill at 185, West Boylston MA.

 

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Ribs, brisket and pulled pork at Firefly's, Marlborough MA.

 

Brisket at BT's Smokehouse, Sturbridge MA.

 

Ribs at Smokestack Urban Barbecue, Worcester MA.

 

Ribs at BT's Smokehouse, Sturbridge MA.

 

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Beef rib at Izzy's Smokehouse, Brooklyn NY.

 

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Pulled pork at Gotta Q, Cumberland RI.

 

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Brisket at Izzy's Smokehouse, Brooklyn NY.

 

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Sausage, brisket and ribs at Hometown Bar-B-Que, Brooklyn NY.

 

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Pulled pork sandwich at the Porch, Wakefield MA.

 

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Brisket sandwich at CK Pearl, Essex MA.

 

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Smoked wings at Rosebud, Somerville MA.

 

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Brisket and pork belly at Sweet Cheeks, Boston MA.

 

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Smoked wings at Rosebud, Somerville MA.

 

Brisket at Blue Ribbon, W. Newton MA.

 

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Brisket at Tony G's BBQ, Belmont MA.

 

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Firefly's Wings at Firefly's, Marlborough MA.

 

Ribs and pulled pork at MoJo's, Portsmouth NH.

 

Babyback ribs at Terlingua, Portland ME.

 

Ribs at Buck's Naked, Portland ME.

 

Burnt ends at Binga's Wingas, Yarmouth ME.

 

Rib and burnt ends at Blue Ribbon, W. Newton MA.

 

Ribs at Smoke Not Just BBQ, Manchester CT.

 

Ribs at Blue Ribbon, W. Newton MA.

 

Brisket, pork, ribs and chili at Daisy May's, NYC.

 

Brisket at Mighty Quinn's Barbeque, NYC.

 

Wings at Hank's Down South, Narragansett RI.

 

Ribs at Eddie's BBQ, Narragansett RI.

 

Ribs at Ed's Famous BBQ, Fall River MA.

 

Brisket and ribs at Redbones, Somerville MA.

 

Candied bacon at 2 Jerks BBQ, Raynham MA.

 

Ribs at Kinfolks Award Winning BBQ, Taunton MA.

 

St Louis ribs at Redbones, Somerville MA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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