Hickory BBQ near Kingston
I had read a few glowing reports on here about Hickory BBQ, the newish place on route 28 west of Kingston, NY.
So I guess my expecations were a bit high. And boy were they dashed. Had the 3-sandwich sampler: beef, pork and turkey. I could hardly distinguish between them as they all suffered from an oversweet barbecue sauce (why do people think barbecue should be a dessert!) I couldn't really detect any smoky flavor, either. Blech.
The much-talked-about onion rings were nothing special at all. The collard greens were insanely salty - practically inedible. And the pecan pie had an unusually strong molasses flavor, which sort of ruined it for me.
The only really good thing was the roasted potato salad, which was quite tasty.
So I'm still, still hunting for some good barbecue upstate. I think I'll just have to cook it for myself!
Sorry about your disappointment at Hickory. They're usually pretty good, and have not put sauce on the ribs when I have ordered them.
At the risk of blaspheming about BBQ (it's supposed to be served in a shack, you have to see the pile of wood, you would never get BBQ at a chain restaurant), I have to say that the best BBQ (ribs, anyway) I have had in the Northeast have been at Smokey Bones BBQ on Central Avenue (just west of I87) in Albany. Don't even think of going there on a Friday or Saturday night, unless you like long waits for a table, but for a lunch or early dinner midweek, the St. Louis ribs plate is a perfect blend of dry rub and time over hickory smoke.
Yes, I know that it's a chain, but it's given any other place within 40 miles of Kingston a good run for the money. I even have been known to forgo the Dinosaur BBQ in Syracuse so that I could eat at Smokey Bones in Albany.
I've attached their URL so you can see their menu...
re: George B
I liked the place, but all I've eaten there (and all that really interests me on the menu) are the ribs (beef or pork) and the pulled pork. I had the latter in a sandwich wrap at lunch and thought it VERY tasty. I also loved the roasted potato salad. I had that at lunch and dinner; at dinner, the other veggie I had (at dinner) was collard greens, which I thought fine (for a green). Also liked the beer selection. Also liked the service and the physical space of the place.