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Lunch today at Redbones

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Mmm, Redbones. Need I say more?

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  1. You don't need to; but it might be helpful to those reading along...what did you get? good? bad?

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    1. re: 9lives

      I agree with Dax that it's overrated. Much, much better food, service, ambience, and value for your dollar at the Blue Ribbon. I think Redbones does well because the college kids give it that "hip" reputation, and because of a general scarcity of good BBQ in Boston overall.

      1. re: reginleif

        agreed. barbecue in boston is weak overall, with blue ribbon likely being the best of a not-so-great field of choices.

        there's a southern style place in hyde park that i want to try that sounds fairly promising, though....murphy's country kitchen on fairmount. the cook is supposedly from georgia, so maybe things are done right there.

        1. re: reginleif

          I don't think the college kids have been giving Redbones a "hip" reputation since I was at Tufts, and that was a million years ago. I think people like the wheel of beer and some of the cue (I don't enjoy it at all), but I agree that Blue Ribbon is in a whole 'nother universe.

      2. I think it's over-rated. Poor pulled pork, excellent beer selection, passable ribs.

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        1. re: Dax

          I also agree that Redbones is way over-rated. It's gone downhill. Years ago the food at Redbones was good. The last time I went to Redbones the food was fair at best. I would rather drive to Firefly's in Framingham than drive 10 minutes to go to Redbones.

        2. I still love Redbones but not so much because of the BBQ but because it's predictable and comfortable. I love the beer selection and I like hunkering down at the basement bar on cold nights every now and then. I like the simple bean sides. I manage to luck out often and be there when the bean is black eyed peas. In the past 6 months I've ordered the jerk beef, which has a nice complex heat. I guess after going for over dozen years I don't take the BBQ there so seriously. I know what I like and tend to stick to those items and leave the serious BBQ action for home. When I was there last I had a really good bowl of the chili verde.

          As far as ambiance goes, I'm not sure the scene at Redbones qualifies as "ambiance" but I don't think Blue Ribbon has much to offer in that sense either. While Blue Ribbon in the clear winner in the pulled pork department it's never been a place where I wanted to relax and stay a while.

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          1. re: kittychow

            Hope this is ok to post - but seems like a crowd that will appreciate - apologies if you are already aware but there is a BBQ Festival on City Hall Plaza the weekend of June 22 & includes pitmasters from around the country. Found out about it thru phantomgourmet.

          2. Maybe not Boston's best BBQ, but I really love eating their catfish sandwich at lunch. And anywhere with valet bike parking is okay in my eyes. :)

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            1. re: bee

              Agreed--but Boston isn't a BBQ city. Not sure i'd say Blue Ribbon is better. Catfish at rb's unparalleled.

            2. i've given RedBones three chances...all three times I had a terrible meal and I hate the cramped quarters. I think it's very overated but hey...everyone is entitled to their own likes.

              i've become a HUGE fan of Uncle Pete's in Revere...everyone i've taken there LOVES it.

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              1. re: lasiciliana

                I agree with many of the others. Redbones is highly over rated. I have eaten there twice and each time come away unimpressed. I would never claim to be a BBQ expert and I think the Boston area is very weak for this type of food but Redbones is at the bottom of the list IMHO. Recently I tried Lester's BBQ on Rte 3A in Billerica and was pleasantly surprised.

              2. Redbones is my favorite hangout in all of Boston. Great draft selection that rotates constantly (with best prices for craft beer in the city) and with the Northwest beers, outpaces draft selection of all other beer bars in Boston on a yearly basis. I have met people from all walks of life here, the bartenders are friendly once they have seen your face a couple of times, and I have even had some amazing bbq in there. I have yet to have something at blue ribbon, that I haven't had better at RB's at one time or another, but I will agree, on a consistent basis I think BR is a bit better. BBQ in this area is all about being at the right place at the right time - you cannot predict if a place,item, or even plate will be good or not due to inconsistency.

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                1. re: LStaff

                  I completely agree with you on their beer prices and selection. If you hear that they have something really unique on, you better get there within an hour because it will be gone.

                  I sat there one Friday afternoon at lunch and watched them put on 5 new beers. I returned on Sunday to sample some and all 5 were gone. This wasn't even a festival weekend. I don't understand how they can sell so much beer. Are they filling up growlers for people or something, geez.

                2. Redbones has no shortage of naysayers on this board, but I happen to like the place. And I see no reason why one can't like East Coast Grill, Uncle Pete's, Blue Ribbon, Firefly's, Bison County, and Redbones -- I do. All are much better to my taste than, say, the Linwood Grille, Muddy River Smokehouse, Memphis Roadhouse, or Village Smokehouse.

                  Whether any of them measure up to a place like Bryant's in KC is another story, of course.