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Curtis BBQ in Putney VT

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Does anyone know when Curtis opens for the season? Memorial Day? Does it vary according to weather?

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  1. Hi there, Putney local here. Curtis' was open for weekends it looked like in mid-late April. It's best to call ahead because he's open when he feels like it really; when the weather's nice; weekends; holidays, etc. I'm not aware of a set 'schedule.'

    There's also a new location in Chester, VT near the Country Girl Diner.

    1. UPDATE - The summer schedule is Tues - Sun. However, when we were there last Sunday, our meat was so overcooked it was barely edible. The ribs were like jerky and the chicken was very dry. I couldn't believe it...really no excuse for that at those prices.

      I'll just buy the BBQ sauce and make my own ribs.

      p.s. Curtis' BBQ sauce is a vinegar-based sauce, which I love, but if you like a sweeter sauce you may not like the very tangy sauce that Curtis makes.

      1. Sorry, but Curtis' is hit or miss. Sometimes the ribs are great and the next time they are nothing but fat and grizzle.
        I'll do my own ribs at home.

        1. I think the BBQ is better at the place in Brattleboro on the Putney road, although the atmosphere isn't quite as cool.

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            1. re: GaryLovesFood

              I think that what breadpuddin is referring to is the Top of the Hill Grille, at 632 Putney Rd. They have outdoor picnic tables and are open from April through October. I haven't had the opportunity to try the place yet, but I've heard that it's pretty good. You can check out their site at the link below.


            2. re: mr breadpuddin

              "Something on the hill", is that helpfull? It is on the putney road just south of the pet store-d'angelos-speedy lube plaza on the same side

            3. Top of the Hill Grill is much preferred to Curtis' BBQ. Much more consistent and, if I remember correctly, I think the prices are more reasonable. For two people it was $31.00 at Curtis' and I don't remember paying that much at Top of the Hill or the sides were included in the meal price...something like that.

              1. After reading these posts, I planned to stop at Top of the Hill Grill on my way through the area on 7/15. Unfortunately, I arrived to find that they had had a fire the previous night and will be closed indefinitely (a few weeks??). The fire wasn't in the small building where they sell the food, it was another nearby building that is apparently part of their operation.

                1. Stopped off at Top of the Hill a week ago, and I too found out a part of it had burned down. Unfortunate. Went over to Curtis and got some ribs. Of the 6 Ribs, only 2 were tender and moist (fall off the bone). The others were really dry and tough. As you chew and chew the same piece, you soon recognize that there is no way you will be able to digest this stuff short of a miracle, and you end up spitting it out.

                  Curtis is way overpriced for what it is - unless you want to play the lottery and hope you get all nice pieces. Interesting that I ordered a half slab and I ended up with a bunch of individual pieces.

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                  1. re: Jestner

                    Went to Curtis with high hopes and was somewhat disappointed. The BBQ sauce had a decent flavor but the Ribs were dry (unforgivable) as was the chicken, not sure what the role of the two highschoolers behind the counter was?... Cooks? or counter help? The one bright spot was the baked beans which I enjoyed. Going to try Top of the Hill BBQ next over in BRAT... they have good ratings.