It seems as though in the past year BBQ has become a whole other food group to Bostonians. No, I’m not talking about Burgers and Hot Dogs on the grill, I’m talking Southern style BBQ. Fall off the bone ribs, creamy mac and cheese, and of course biscuits. It seems as those BBQ restaurants have been popping up all over the city. Here are our top three favorite BBQ spots, for times that you simply cannot eat enough.
1. Sweet Cheeks Q
Location: 1381 Boylston St, Boston.
Favorite Menu Item: Biscuits
Owner and Chef Tiffani Faison from Bravo’s Top Chef, has hit the nail on the head with this new local favorite. Located just two blocks from Fenway Park, Sweet Cheeks has quicly become a hotspot for Texas Style BBQ lovers young and old. When you walk into the restaurant you are immediately greeted by the aroma of smoked meats and sweet biscuits cooking in the distance, as well as the friendly hosts. The tables are made of unique items such as old bowling alleys and church doors, which gives the restaurant a welcoming and rustic appearance. You are encouraged to make new friends at this restaurant where almost half of the tables are communal tables, where you and 10 or so of your closest..err..strangers can enjoy this out of this world menu and some of the most delicious local craft beers.
All of the meats are dry rubbed and smoked in house. You can choose from one or all three of the sauces provided right on the table. The majority of the menu consists of trays. You choose your type of meat (or three different kinds if you’d like) and your choice of a hot or cold scoop. Some of the scoops include potato salad, collard greens, black eyed peas, and of course mac and cheese.
But the one thing you can absolutely not leave without getting is the Biscuits. One biscuit is about the size of your head. It is buttery, flakey, and nothing short of perfection served with the honey butter on the side for dipping or spreading. Warning: These biscuits will give you ultimate satisfaction and a very full stomach.
Sweet Cheeks is open everyday from 11:30-11, except for Monday and Tuesday where they close at 10.
2. Soul Fire
Location: 182 Harvard Ave, Allston.
Favorite Menu Item: Fried Chicken
This is a great place to go especially now with the half off Groupon they are offering! Soul Fire is located as hop and a skip off of the B line at the Harvard Ave stop. Located right in the middle of hipster city, Soul Fire has become an Allston favorite.
The absolute best thing to do at Soul Fire is a platter. A platter comes with your choice of meat, two sides, corn bread and pickles, for a completely reasonable price. Ranging from $12-$25. There are 5 different sauces to choose from which brings out the smokey delicious flavor of the meat.
By far the most perfect, wonderful, and must-have item on the menu however is the Fried Chicken. For just $13, you can have the juiciest, crispiest fried chicken just north of the mason-dixon line. Pair it with the house made lemonade, and you have a meal fit for a king.
Soul Fire is open M-TH 11:30-10, F-Sat 11:30-11, and Sunday 12-10. Monday is all you can eat wings for $8.99. Is this place too good or what?
Location: 55 Chester St, Somerville.
Favorite Menu Item: Fried Pickles, Sweet Tea
Tucked nicely in the quaint Davis Square, this BBQ joint has been a BBQ lover’s fantasy for years! With the new addition of a Redbones food truck, you can now get your BBQ fix all across the city!
On a Friday or Saturday night, don’t be surprised to see a line out the door. Don’t be turned off by a long wait time, because within the restaurant there are two full bars, where you can grab a beer, or three while waiting for a table.
While you’re waiting, it is a necessity to grab some of the Fried Pickles. A salty, fried pickle with a horseradish dipping sauce that is to die for. It is the perfect thing to hold your hunger while waiting for the delicious meal that awaits you.
When you sit at your table, the first thing you must do is order a sweet tea. Its the perfect mix of sugar, tea, and lemon. You just can’t get this kind of tea anywhere else in New England.
All of the Ribs and BBQ are served with coleslaw and beans unless otherwise noted. Some other sides include a corn pudding (out of this world), potato salad, and candied yams.
Redbones is open everyday from 11:30-12:30, except for Sundays where they open at noon.