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chuck s May 10, 2002 08:37 PM

I'm always surprised when I go to the Linwood that it is not packed and that not more is mentioned about the place on these pages. I guess I have to take matters into my own hands. I just got back and am still licking my fingers. My family shared appetizers, fried plantains with mango chutney (sorry psmith), cast iron bbq shrimp in debris sauce, cod cakes, and pan roasted mussles, littlenecks and andouille sausage. They do wonderful things with fish, often on the edge, sometimes they may miss, but often its a hit. Their bbq takes a hit on these pages but my daughter's pulled pork was right up there. Can't wait to have the leftovers. Dessert was a very good chocolate cream pie. Maybe its okay that more people don't go. I can always get a table and even a parking place.

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    C. Simon May 11, 2002 08:32 AM

    We go there all the time and usually leave with smiles on our faces and a similar feeling to the one you describe. As for the barbecue, I find it to be decent, but never bother ordering it anymore because the specials are invariably better.

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      Lindsay B. May 11, 2002 11:29 AM

      We went last week for the BBQ. We were both pretty disappointed.

      The Linwood Grill's buffalo wings are the best I've had in Boston. Their blue cheese dipping sauce is unusually good too.

      The pulled chicken had an unappealing cottony texture. Even the "hot" BBQ sauce is very sweet and ladled on in great quantity. On the whole, I enjoyed the chicken after I doused it with habanero sauce. This is probably traditional, so I shouldn't complain, but I was grossed out by the slice of untoasted Wonderbread they put under the very saucy chicken.

      The side dishes were hit and miss. The mashed sweet potatoes were fluffy and buttery, and the grilled vegetables were simple and satisfying. The cheesy grits was greasy, gritty, and nearly devoid of cheese flavor, except for a sour aftertaste. The cornbread tasted like a mix.

      I wouldn't rush back, but I might give the place another try at some point.

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        C. Simon May 11, 2002 01:37 PM

        Your experience is consistent with my visits. The mashed sweet potatoes are typically wonderful, but other sides can be more erratic. Also, the barbecue is not thrilling. (note: the wonder bread slice is a nod to tradition.) If you do go back, I strongly recommened whatever the speicals are that day. They seem to be the best.

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          chuck s May 11, 2002 02:15 PM

          As I said, I find the appetizers and grilled seafood to be creative and very good.

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