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Archive - September 2011

 

 

(09/26/11)

Joints Directory Madness

Here's the latest batch of barbecue Joints directory activity, spanning four states. This time there are five new joints, a double expansion, one closing, and three new or corrected websites.

 

NEW JOINTS and/or NEW TO THE DIRECTORY

  • Backroad Grille (Bristol RI) is a new joint with a something-for-everyone menu whose barbecue section includes "slow roasted" pulled pork "simmered in BBQ sauce" and "fall off the bone" ribs "cooked to perfection." Thanks to Mark for the lead. www.backroadgrille.com

  • Johnny's Smokehouse (Willsboro NY) is so far east, it's practically in Vermont and so far north, it's practically in Montreal. Their lunch menu features a four-meat barbecue sampler for a mere $8.95, and their all-purpose menu includes smoked meats in various permutations plus a local burger, chicken and biscuits, steak, seafood, pizza, several salads and deep fried asparugus. www.johnnyssmokehouse.com

  • Spoon (Roxbury MA) is a new Boston food truck whose uncomplicated tagline is "Uncomplicated BBQ." Thanks to Marc for the lead. www.spoontruck.com

  • Jake's Sweet Meat BBQ (Providence RI) is a food truck usually located at Kennedy Plaza. Thanks to Adam for the lead. Facebook

  • Boudin BBQ (Shelton CT) is another food truck specializing in barbecue. The standard menu is compact, but the specials change daily. Everything is smoked over oak, including the fried dough. Thanks to Michelle for the lead. www.boudanbbq.com

  • Mexicue (NYC) is a food truck that expanded not just to include multiple trucks but also two new restaurants: one in Midtown West and another in the Lower East Side.www.mexicue.com

 

CLOSINGS

  • Rubbin' Butts BBQ (Cranston RI) is closed. Thanks again to Mark for the info.

 

OTHER CHANGES

 

 

 

(09/22/11)

New York City BBQ: Southern Hospitality (Hell's Kitchen) Reviewed

Reviews on back-to-back days? Why not. This one and my previous New York City review (Neely's Barbecue Parlor) are bookends of sorts: both have a celebrity connection less connected than they lead on, but at least the ending is happier in my 229th barbecue joint review for Southern Hospitality (Hell's Kitchen). This is an expansion of the Upper East Side watering hole that's never been one of my favorites, but I headed in with an open mind. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or link to reviews using the red icons in the Joints directory.

 

 

See my review of Southern Hospitality (Hell's Kitchen location)

 

 

 

(09/21/11)

Massachusetts BBQ: The Farm Downtown Reviewed

The site's 228th barbecue review is posted for The Farm Downtown (Beverly MA), a citified, over-the-counter take on The Farm in Essex. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or link to reviews using the red icons in the Joints directory.

 

 

See my review of The Farm Downtown

 

 

 

(09/19/11)

New York City BBQ: Neely's Barbecue Parlor Reviewed

The site's 227th barbecue review is posted for Neely's Barbecue Parlor (New York NY), an Upper East Side barbecue joint banking on the name and popularity of Food Network stars Pat and Gina Neely. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or link to reviews using the red icons in the Joints directory.

 

 

See my review of Neely's Barbecue Parlor

 

 

 

(09/14/11)

Massachusetts BBQ: An Updated Review for Casey's Crossing

Never let it be said that I don't give a second chance to joints that got a less-than-favorable review the first time around. I'm not so sure how favorable this one is, but after five and a half years, it's a reflection of what's going on right now at Casey's Crossing (Holliston MA). Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or link to reviews using the red icons in the Joints directory.

 

 

See my updated review for Casey's Crossing

 

 

 

(09/12/11)

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Wings

The 2011 NFL season is underway and the Patriots kick off their schedule tonight against the Dolphins. Monday Night Football snacks mean different things to different people, but it should go without argument that the go-to meat snack is the almighty wing. Here's my latest list of favorite smoked wings at a baker's dozen different barbecue joints in New York and New England.

 

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(09/08/11)

Brooklyn BBQ: Fatty Cue Reviewed

The site's 226th barbecue review is posted for Fatty Cue (Brooklyn NY), a Williamsburg restaurant that combines Southeast Asian flavors and barbecue techniques. Now that I got a second visit in and now that Fatty Cue has a second location in Manhattan, it's about time, although I did have a preview posted last fall. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or link to reviews using the red icons in the Joints directory.

 

 

See my review of Fatty Cue

 

 

 

(09/06/11)

Joints Directory Madness

Here's the latest batch of barbecue Joints directory activity, spanning just two states. This time there are three new joints, two expansions, three closings, three new websites, one new phone number and one "closed for renovations" mystery.

 

NEW JOINTS and/or NEW TO THE DIRECTORY

  • The Cardinal (New York City) is a new East Village joint whose pitmaster is a former professional musicial who previously worked at Bubby's. Thanks to Vinny for the lead. www.thecardinalnyc.com

  • Joepper's Smoke Shack (Brooklyn NY) is a new takeout joint with free delivery. Thanks to Robert for the lead.

  • Mr. P's Mountain Smokehouse (Schroon Lake NY) is a new joint with some unusual non-meat dishes: hazelnut green beans, stuffed portobello, blue cheese cole slaw, spoon bread with bacon garnish and chop suey salad. thanks to Don for the lead. www.rubbbq.com

  • Fatty Cue (Brooklyn NY) quietly opened a second location in the West Willage. The official opening is this week and the menu, while similar to the Brooklyn original, is not intended to be the same. www.fattycue.com

  • Redbones (Somerville MA), in addition to its decades old restaurant and recently launched barbecue truck, now has a rib shack in Cambridge with limited hours and a stripped down, easy-to-serve menu. www.redbonesbbq.com

 

CLOSINGS

  • Mogombo International BBQ (Albany NY) is now magonzo.

  • Big Dave's Family BBQ (Goshen NY) is closed and for sale. Thanks to Thomas for the info.

  • Hog Heaven BBQ (Sloatsburg NY) is now closed. Thanks again to Thomas for the info.

 

OTHER CHANGES

  • Commonwealth BBQ (Wrentham MA) now has a website: www.commonwealthbbq.com

  • John Brown Smokehouse (Queens NY) now has a website: www.johnbrownsmokehouse.com

  • Cody's BBQ (Riverhead NY) now has a website: www.codysbbq.com

  • MEP's BBQ (Canaan NY) now has phone info and a Facebook link.

  • MoGridder's BBQ (Bronx NY) is closed for renovations. Yes, they're down again, though for how long is uncertain. Thanks to Steve and Steven (two different readers) for recent info.

 

 

 

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Recent Eats (click photo to view larger image)

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Ribs and pulled pork combo at Wilson's Holy Smoke BBQ, Fairfield CT.

 

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Ribs and burnt ends at John Brown Smokehouse, Long Island City NY (Queens).

 

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Wings at Scratch Kitchen, Salem MA.

 

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Pulled pork sandwich at The Farm Downtown, Beverly MA.

 

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Babyback ribs at Blackstrap BBQ, Winthrop MA.

 

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Wings at Firefly's, Marlborough MA.

 

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Pulled pork sammy at Commonwealth BBQ, Wrentham MA.

 

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Babyback ribs (front) and spare ribs (back) at Southern Hospitality (Hell's Kitchen), New York NY.

 

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Brisket platter at Neely's Barbecue Parlor, New York NY.

 

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Burnt ends at RUB, New York NY.

 

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Brisket, sausage and ribs at Hill Country, New York NY.

 

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Smoked jerk wings at Wildwood Barbeque, New York NY.

 

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Ribs at Casey's Pub, Holliston MA.

 

 

 

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