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Hickory BBQ-Kingston,NY Visit

Mike R. Mar 9, 2003 09:06 PM

Escaping the "outer boroughs" for the weekend, thought The Hickory BBQ Smokehouse looked kinda inviting so we decided on a birthday dinner for eight last night...

Although their parking lot seemed packed, there was dining room to spare...greeted warmly by owners and served by Hannah, a rookie waitress...who, after dealing with us, must have it down pat.

Suffice it to say that someone still cares about that delicate blend of quality and quantity, 'cause the smoker DELIVERED! (and delivered a LOT!)...two of us selected the catchy "Kingston Trio" (where you choose three different meats). We're still eating...there were ample BBQ ribs, pulled chunks/strips of pork and just-right Atlantic salmon to satisfy...and NOT smothered with some funk-a-dunk vinegary slime, but served dry with YOUR choice of BBQ Sauces on the table...I like that!

And anyplace brave enough to offer a veg-of-the-day like string beans with liver & onion flecks gets two points...we tried various sides, the most outstanding were nicely done sweet potato and the smoky collards...least enjoyed a dried-out mac 'n' cheese and the garlic mashed, but others dug it.

About those ribs...they were NOT especially fatty and they were certainly NOT the fall-off-the-bone type, but were solid on flavor.

Throw in some Jane's local strawberry ice cream, a decent chocolate mousse cake (with a candle and a song) free roadhouse band after 9 o'clock and call it (with a nod to one Manhattan Board 'Hound) a "rockin-good" evening...recommended!

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    Wanda Mar 9, 2003 09:27 PM

    Thanks for the report, Mike. I have been there for lunch and liked it very much--loved the pork and the roast potato salad, and thought the service was very friendly and fine. They had a pretty nice selections of beers, too. We plan a dinner some time. Was it noisy at night (before the band began)? Also, what do you mean by a roadhouse band--did they play rock or country or what? And do you know if they play every night, or just weekends? Thanks

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    1. re: Wanda
      Mike R. Mar 11, 2003 10:06 AM

      I'd call it FESTIVE atmosphere...with rock-a-billy sound, bikers at the bar; back room is more relaxed, better for the kiddies...it was our first time, and don't know the live musicians' schedule.

      1. re: Mike R.
        mindburrp Mar 19, 2003 04:07 PM

        This place sounds like fun! WHere in Kingston is it? I tried calling information and searching the web, and the only thing I came up with was way our on Route 28 . . .


        1. re: mindburrp
          GB Apr 5, 2003 06:46 AM

          Hickory is about 3.5 miles from the traffic circle at exit 19 on the NY State Thruway. Head up Route 28 towards Woodstock and the restaurant is on the left. Watch out for state troopers and local police who strictly enforce the 45 mile per hour speed limit.

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      Betsy Mar 10, 2003 06:24 PM

      Glad you liked it, Mike! My fiance and I are locals, and we go all the time. Wanda, I think the band only plays on the weekends, and after nine...if you sit in the back room, it's not too loud, just right.

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