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Archive - February 2013





Joints Directory Madness

Here's the latest batch of barbecue Joints directory activity, spanning four states. This time there are six new joints, five closings, one probable closing and one move.



  • The Honky Tonk Tavern (NYC) is a new Upper East Side BBQ joint that fills the void left by Southern Hospitality's recent closing and the less-than-stellar Neely's and Brother Jimmy's. Thanks to Sledneck for the lead.

  • The Creek at Black Rock (Bridgeport CT) is an offshoot of the Ash Creek Saloon mini chain that features "an ecclectic mix" of "American, Western, Southern, Fresh and classic."

  • Mini Vinny's (Georgetown CT) is a combination smokehouse/deli that's been receiving mostly raves on Chowhound and Yelp. The pulled pork appears to be the standout and the location appears to be difficult to navigate unless you substite the town of Redding in your GPS. The smoker is a roofed Lang on a trailer. Thanks to Sledneck for the lead.

  • Breezy's BBQ Truck (Brooklyn NY) is another promising addition to the Williamsburg BBQ scene, though on a part time basis (Thursday through Sunday evenings only) at bar Good Company. Thanks again to Sledneck for the lead. Facebook

  • Wherehouse (Newburgh NY) is a meatcentric Hudson Valley joint that invites you to "tune in, turn on and drop in" to try their wings, chili, more than 40 different burgers and the basic 4 for barbecue: ribs, pulled pork, brisket and chicken. Thanks once again to Sledneck for the lead.

  • Elsie's Place (Wallkill NY) is a new Hudson Valley joint offering ribs, pulled pork and brisket cooked over local apple wood in an outdoor smoker. It's named after Borden mascot Elsie the Cow because it created and located its farm in Wallkill. Thanks again to (you guessed it) Sledneck for the lead.



  • BBQ Restaurant (Milford CT) has once again closed. When people ask why restaurants close, the answer can be one of a hundred different things, many of them not even related to the restaurant's success or failure. But this one seemed like a tweener, especially in its second incarnation. Not really barbecue enough to be a barbecue restaurant, yet the BBQ in its name probably scared off the crowd that might have actually embraced the retro American fare. Thanks to Ed for the info.

  • Jeff's Cuisine (South Norwalk CT) has closed. I always said I was going to go back for the cornbread, and I did—once.

  • RUB (NYC) has closed, as mentioned here not too long after finding out. This is a major loss not only to the New York City barbecue scene, but a loss for barbecue in general.

  • Mama T's (Rutland VT) has closed.

  • Smokin' Al's BBQ (Bay Shore NY) has closed its Bay Shore flagship that for a decade was synonymous with Long Island barbecue. The Suffolk County sewer department required the restaurant's sewer system be redone; owner Smokin' Al Horowitz decided to shut down and look for larger digs elsewhere in Suffolk Country while continuing to operate in Massapequa Park. Thanks to Sledneck and Guy for the info.

  • Silk Road BBQ (Boston MA) is probably done. It's still winter, but they've operated in winter before. The website, Facebook and phone are all dismantled, so I'm hereby graying them out.



  • Uncle Willie's (West Haven CT) has moved its greater New Haven outpost once again, but this time it's only down the street a bit.








New Hampshire BBQ: The Farm Bar and Grille Reviewed

The site's 273rd review is for The Farm Bar & Grille (Manchester NH), a sister joint to the one with the same name in Essex MA. Did it fullfill the promise suggested (but never reached) by the flagship? . Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my review of The Farm Bar and Grille





Massachusetts BBQ, Boston BBQ: Joff's Backyard Grill Reviewed

The site's 272nd review is for Joff's Backyard Grill (Bellingham MA), a joint that's more burgers and wings than barbecue. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my review of Joff's Backyard Grill






Boston BBQ: Lester's Re-reviewed

Time for another barbecue review update, this time for the underrated Lester's Roadside BBQ (Burlington MA). Check the re-review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my updated review of Lester's Roadside BBQ






New York BBQ: Ducks Eatery Reviewed

Time for another New York City review, and another of the new breed: Ducks Eatery (NYC) is the site's 271st barbecue review. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my review of Ducks Eatery












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Recent Eats (click photo to view larger image)

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Ribs at BT's Smokehouse, Sturbridge MA.


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Wings at Smokestack Urban Barbecue, Worcester MA.


click to view larger image Pulled pork sandwich at Firefly's, Marlborough MA.


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Brisket sandwich at Slater's, Bolton MA.


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Babyback ribs, grilled chicken, pulled pork and steak tips at the Farm, Manchester NH.


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Brisket mini, minus some of the brisket that fell out, plus some condiments, at BT's Smokehouse, Sturbridge MA.


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Brisket at Sweet Cheeks, Boston MA.


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Ribs at Joff's Backyard Grill, Bellingham MA.


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Chopped pork sandwich at Fletcher's Brooklyn Barbecue, Brooklyn NY.


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Brisket at Mighty Quinn's Barbeque, NYC.







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