Barbecue in Eastie
Swung by the old standby rib joint, Uncle Pete's Hickory Ribs, this weekend. For those of you who haven't been, it's located on Day Square in East Boston, in a former Dairy Queen. Black naugahyde booths, red and white checkered tablecloths, rolls of paper towels on each table, and a constant stream of oldies complete the decor. I usually get the three rib sampler (an absolute steal - 3 ribs and two sides for under $5 before dinnertime). The pork ribs are quite tasty- smoky, sweetish, tender and meaty good. And the two sides come from a page-long list, most of which are plentiful and carefully prepared - homemade mashed potatoes, giant baskets of hand-cut skin-on fries and homemade onion rings, decent baked beans, as well as more unusual offerings (for a barbecue joint) like asian slaw. I also tried the fried chicken, which, while perhaps not a spiritual experience, was quite good. Thinly coated and lightly fried, the meat was juicy and flavorful. And did I mention the $2.75 Pete's and Sam Adams drafts served in immense chilled mugs? And the fabulously friendly service? And that Uncle Pete really runs it? And that you should really check it out?
Go through the tunnel towards Logan but take the local exit immediately at the end of the tunnel. At the light, go left onto Chelsea Street. Straight down Chelsea Street about five blocks is Day Square. Uncle Pete's is on the right (309 Bennington St) and absolutely unmissable. Go before dinner time and get the three rib sampler. It's a steal. Enjoy!