townline bbq, anyone?
- wleatherette Jul 25, 2007 09:52 AM
any early reports on townline bbq in sagaponack? i've read quite a few "opening soon" profiles and heard a lot about the "down and dirty" decor (yeah, right), but i haven't found much about the actually quality of the food.
been there done that. food was really quite good, especially the pulled pork—though purists should ask them to skip the slaw and peppers on top and just go au naturale on the potato bun (and at $7.50 you can't go wrong). there's a review up at http://hamptons.plumtv.com/stories/to...
Ate there last week (friends & family type thing). Unfortunately I had eaten at Hill Country the day before and there is NO comparison (still dreaming of that brisket). However, TLB isn't bad. Pulled pork was the best thing I tried - good smokey flavor, just enough sauce. Pork ribs were meaty and good, burnt ends were decent and rib tips were not so great. Turkey chili was very meaty and smokey too. I really liked the slightly spicy bread and butter style pickles. Good beer selection on tap. Overall I'd definitely go back, particularly since it is so close. (1000 x better than Turtle crossing too - but much more limited menu).
Just got home after a day out east ending with a quick bite at Townline, and there is nothing negative to report. The decor is really nice, lots of wood but not "down and dirty". And the hand washing station in the dining room isn't as prominent as everyone made it sound!
We ordered a quick meal of pulled pork sandwich (fatty vs lean), a brisket sandwich, and sides of slaw and potato salad. They gave us a beeper, so we went into the other room to the bar (limited to bourbon, cognac, vodka, tequila: sad to see no Kahlua but they're "keeping it simple") and by the time she poured the drinks the beeper went off. Great system!
We usually don't go crazy for smoked food, but this was just right and we can see why people love it now. The best thing for some reason was the spicy pickles, I ate them off the sandwich beforehand and realized why they sell them separately. The meat was succulent, the salads were like homemade. We were sorry we didn't have enough of an appetite to try more. Everyone who worked there was on their best behavior, but of course this is their first weekend. We got there at 5:00 luckily, by the time we left there were long lines. And then I noticed there are tables outside too! Gorgeous view.
Nothing negative as well as nothing special....yet. Given time will improve, as the owners are serious people and professional operators. Hopefully the staff will not pick up the uber "attitude" of Nick n Tony's greeters. Management has made some smart choices such as the McDonald's type ordering counter, buzzer to notify when to pick up one's order, simple, clean, functional, unfussy decor,
Opening week is much to early for a BBQ joint to be good, let alone special. Blue Smoke's first year was less than one hoped for. Takes time to get the smoker equipment, forumla for sauces, and smoking techniques right. Given 6 months we will know if all is OK or if they should consider converting this space into another format.
Was there last Thur for a late lunch. Low expectations were not exceeded.
expensive, the food was overly average, and caraway seeds in coleslaw?.. are they kidding me ?