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Jul 25, 2003 10:21 PM

Lunch today at Redbones

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Mmm, Redbones. Need I say more?

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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.