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Birthday 'cue

Hey 'hounds -

My bro's coming into town for the weekend, and I want to treat him to large quantities of delicious meat for a belated birthday present(places with decent beer selections are a plus, I'm trying to wean him off Bud Light). I was thinking Redbones, but it doesn't seem like a consistent fave from what I've read on here. I'm not tied to the idea of BBQ, it just seems like the most meat-centric dining experience. Whatever it is, needs to be T/bus accessible and not TOO pricey. Thanks a million!

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  1. I cannot say enough about the cue at Blue Ribbon BBQ. If it's huge portions of meat for small money, I really think this is the place to go. The Arlington outpost is accessible by bus, I just don't know which one.

    Redbones cue just isn't good. But the beer selection is great. (No beer at Blue Ribbon.)

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    1. re: yumyum

      No question, Blue Ribbon over Redbones for the barbecue.

      I haven't been a big fan of Redbones, having seen the quality slip over a 10 year period. But my last 2 visits haven't been bad, pointing to a possible upswing. And like you say, great beer selection.

      Another alternative might be a crawl. Bukowski's for beer, ECG for barbecue.

    2. If you're after something a bit different....and TONS of meat....try the Midwest Grill in Cambridge for Brazilian BBQ - really excellent & well worth the trip in my opinion.

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      1. re: kparke30

        That is what I was thinking too. I love Blue Ribbon but they don't serve beer.

      2. East Coast Grill. Great 'cue. Lots of other non-'cue options. Good (not great) beer selection. Fun place.

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        1. re: Blumie

          I remember having some good beef ribs at Sunset a long time ago (they used to have all you can eat on Sun-Tues. I think). Do people like them? Certainly plenty of beers to choose from.

        2. Well, Redbones may not have consistently superlative BBQ, but I still think it's very good, and a great value. Redbones does, however, have an incredible beer selection, easily top 10 in the city----the same cannot be said for any of the other 'cue places. I've never found the food at Blue Ribbon to be worthy of choosing it over Redbones (it's better but not THAT much better), the place is just not nearly as fun to go to.

          If you have a small group, try to get a seat at the kitchen counter, you're guaranteed some free food from the kitchen (usually an app) and you get to see the cooks work. To get the most for your money order family-style---a distended stomach and 2 beers each will be about $25-30 total per person.

          I was at Redbones recently and had a Cantillon Geuze for only $5!!! Went great with the barbecue. They also have a great, and regularly rotating selection of microbrews.

          1. I think it depends on what you want in your BBQ. Pork ribs? Uncle Pete's. Brisket? Blue Ribbon.