BBQ in New Haven, CT area
- Mazey Jul 21, 2004 09:59 AM
I am new to the area and I am looking for real BBQ in the New Haven area (pulled pork, ribs, etc...). Is there any restaurant around here that has the real deal?
You should search this board for the many dicussions of CT barbecue. The short answer is that you're out of luck unless you want to drive about an hour or so. That said, there's a guy who parks his smoker on Cedar St. (outside the entrance to Yale-New Haven Hospital) and does a pretty credible Carribean jerk barbecue (ribs and chicken) for $5. Definitely worth a visit to stanch the craving.
there are are a few great rib joints, but no real pulled pork..
ive heard that Uncle Willies in waterbury (@ 20 mins from New haven)
ive never been, but word is that its a good spot for BBQ/pulled pork/soul food style bbq.
in new haven try The Amber on rt 17/Middletown Ave-(technically North Haven)...
great ribs/ onion bricks/BBQ sauce...skip everything else and please dont go for the decor lol
the other good rib joint is The Rib House-on Route 1 ...branford/east haven line.
both these joints serve the wet sauced grilled ribs as opposed to dry rub/smoked.
SouthernQue BarBQ, 70 Pomeroy Ave., Meriden, CT -- I haven't tried this place, but I hear that it's good. I am doing this by memory from a newspaper story. There is a guy from the Carolinas who moved to CT and couldn't find decent BBQ to his taste, so he opened up a real BBQ in front of his home in Meriden. I understand the pulled pork is very good. It is pretty much right across the street from the Meriden Cinema on Pomeroy Ave. Just look for a BBQ wagon parked on the lawn. From I-91 heading north to Meriden, exit #16 Main street, right at the light (Main St) and then another right on Pomeroy Ave. Immediately begin looking to your left for the BBQ.
He is only open a couple days like Thursday, Friday and Saturday. I googled for a listing and got this: SouthernQue BarBQ 70 Pomeroy Avenue Meriden (203) 238-1542
Sorry, I should have mentioned Joe earlier. He does good barbecue and is probably the best sit-down place within 10 miles of New Haven. I didn't mention it since he's been closed all summer after a car ran through the front of his restaurant. He's been doing neighborhood parties and such (I stood in line for an hour at one last month), but it's hard to pin him down. If/when he reopens it's worth a visit. Dixwell Ave. near the Hamden line. Nice folks there, too.
Not a barbeque restaurant, but a very good one, has the best ribs in New Haven- Stillwater- if nothing else go for a cocktail and an app of ribs and calamari- the ribs fall off the bone every time