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Sit down BBQ w/ alcohol?

Gordough Oct 24, 2007 09:04 AM

Can anyone recommend a sit down BBQ place (i.e. waiter service and drinks) in or near the western suburbs? At this point, I am thinking of trying Firefly's in Framingham but I am always open to suggestions. Keep in mind alcohol is a must as we are going out for my birthday and my dining companions will want to have a drink or 3. Thanks!

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  1. MC Slim JB RE: Gordough Oct 24, 2007 09:07 AM

    Blue Ribbon in West Newton has beer and wine. I like their barbecue.

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      twentyoystahs RE: MC Slim JB Oct 24, 2007 09:21 AM

      Yeah but they don't have waiter service....
      I haven't been to Firefly's but that might be a good bet. Uncle Pete's is always excellent, it's in Revere.

    2. Chrispy75 RE: Gordough Oct 24, 2007 10:11 AM

      I would suggest Redbones in Somerville. Not too far from the westwern suburbs. They have a full bar and an excellent beer selection with an upbeat atmosphere. If you arrive early or want to stay on after your meal, you can grab drinks at either the bar upstairs or downstairs.

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        Gordough RE: Chrispy75 Oct 24, 2007 11:03 AM

        ant tips for parking near Redbones? I have not had good luck in the past.

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          Chrispy75 RE: Gordough Oct 24, 2007 11:08 AM

          Sunday is by far the easiest day to find parking because you can park in the resident spots without a sticker. On other days, the public lot behind Redbones sometimes comes up a winner. If Davis Sq. is really jammed, I will park on Mass Ave. and walk down one of the side streets. This option usually saves me the frustration of driving in circles for 20 minutes.

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            finlero RE: Gordough Oct 24, 2007 11:16 AM

            There's a metered parking lot on Holland St, just past the T station. It's large enough that there's a fair amount of turnover, so it might be a good place to start.

            There are a few smaller metered lots on Grove Street as well. A smidge closer to Redbones, but the odds of finding a space are lower.

            I'd also like to highlight an extra possible selling point for Redbones: their wheel o' microbrews, a beer selection mechanism for the indecisive.

        2. Joanie RE: Gordough Oct 24, 2007 10:19 AM

          No waiters but alcohol at Soulfire in Allston. I've had good luck my 2 times there. Good place to watch a game too.

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            kitchenkate RE: Joanie Oct 24, 2007 11:08 AM

            I second Soul Fire. Good meat, good sauces.

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              steinpilz RE: kitchenkate Oct 24, 2007 12:15 PM

              I'll third Soul Fire, always been happy there. I also like Redbones, don't mind the crowd, and think Blue Ribbon is also good (though as I recall there isn't beer at the Arlington location, haven't been to the West Newton one).

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            buffet king RE: Gordough Oct 24, 2007 11:23 AM

            I would go to Firefly's in Framingham over Redbones in Somerville. Even though Redbones is closer to me I would drive to Firefly's. The food is far better in my opinion at Firefly's. Redbones is very small and usually crowded. The tables are small and people are packed in like sardines. At Firefly's you can sit at a table or in a comfortable booth. Firefly's also has plenty of free parking. It's not easy trying to find a parking space at Redbones and avoiding a parking ticket.

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              Bostonbob3 RE: buffet king Oct 24, 2007 11:35 AM

              I agree. Although my fav in the area is Uncle Pete's (for their fab pork spare ribs), I'd choose Firefly's over Redbones any day. Redbones IS a lot of fun, especially downstairs, but the actual BBQ is, well, kind of below average.

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                buffet king RE: Bostonbob3 Oct 24, 2007 01:30 PM

                I haven't tried Uncle Pete's in Revere yet. I will have to try the ribs at Uncle Pete's. What else would you recommend at Uncle Pete's? I have been to Firefly's, Blue Ribbon BBQ, Lester's BBQ and Redbones. I used to go to Redbones all the time. In my opinion the food at Redbones was better years ago.

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                  Bostonbob3 RE: buffet king Oct 24, 2007 01:44 PM

                  The pork spare ribs are far and away the best thing at Uncle Pete's. They're "competition quality," so don't expect that nasty "fall off the bone," mushy, overcooked nonsense too many places call BBQ.

                  If you like beef BBQ, the enormous Texas ribs are good, too.

                  Sides are kind of hit or miss, although surprisingly, there's a decent Thai salad (Pete's wife is Thai).

                  I understand Pete recently spent a month in Texas learning the fine art of brisket BBQ, so I'll have to try that next time I go.

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                TomH RE: buffet king Oct 24, 2007 12:30 PM

                Wow. I really couldn't ever imagine picking Firefly's over Redbones. Redbones has better BBQ, better atmosphere and a better beer selection IMO. Just my opinion though and what do I know! :)

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                  yumyum RE: TomH Oct 24, 2007 02:42 PM

                  Redbones is like cilantro. People love it or hate it. I'm in the latter camp, although the atmosphere is definitely more fun for a party.

              3. edgrimley RE: Gordough Oct 24, 2007 12:00 PM

                I'd go with RedBones for convenience and beer selection (wheel of indecision at the bar is fun). Another option is East Coast Grill. Full bar, plus good small bbq selection - ribs and pulled pork.

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                  Northstar22 RE: edgrimley Oct 24, 2007 12:42 PM

                  Why are we suggesting Redbones, Uncle Pete's Soul Fire etc when the OP obviously mentioned the MetroWest. None of the places mentioned are close to the metrowest except Firefly's so based on Op's question that is my rec. Good luck OP.

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                    finlero RE: Northstar22 Oct 24, 2007 12:49 PM

                    Well, to be fair, when Chrispy75 suggested Redbones, the OP did ask about parking, which would suggest some level of interest...

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                      Northstar22 RE: finlero Oct 24, 2007 12:54 PM

                      I know but none of the suggestions are close to the Metrowest parking or no parking. Just Baffled that's all.

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                        LStaff RE: Northstar22 Oct 25, 2007 05:52 AM

                        I don't know, I live in West Concord and think of Redbones as my local bar - its easy to get in and out if you know what you are doing. Half hour drive is nothing when you live outside of 128 - for me, Firefly would be a half hour drive - everything is a half hour drive from where I live.

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                          Joanie RE: LStaff Oct 25, 2007 09:37 AM

                          Plus the choices are so limited. He already knew about Firefly, just trying to throw some booze/bbq places out othere. isn't there another place where the bikers go on Rt. 20 in Marlborough that has bbq? Not a bbq only place, has patio? Can't remember the name.

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                  bear RE: Gordough Oct 24, 2007 01:17 PM

                  This will get panned, but we like Lester's BBQ on 3A in Burlington, on the Billerica border.

                  Edited: Actually, Lester's is order at the counter, too, and has a pretty small drink selection. We use it for take-out.

                  Redbones or Firefly would be better for a group night out. Can't beat the beer selection at Redbones, but lingering would be easier at Firefly if it isn't jammed, which it usually is.

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                    steve999 RE: Gordough Oct 24, 2007 01:38 PM

                    I think Firefly's in Marlborough is better than the Framingham location. They have the sit-down, full service dining room, a small bar area with a couple of tables, and also Dante's - a live blues music venue. It's right on rte 20 in the middle of town.

                    350 E Main St, Marlborough, MA

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                      Wes Mantooth RE: Gordough Oct 24, 2007 04:51 PM

                      I agree with the recs for Firefly's. Their St. Louis Ribs are meaty and DO NOT fall off the bone. My wife loves the Pulled chicken and pork there as well. I've also dined with people who raved about their fried chicken. The one big weakness on their menu is brisket, which is usually too dry. As for sides, the sweet potato pecan pudding is addictive and the fries are top notch. Try them - you won't be disappointed!!!!

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                        LStaff RE: Wes Mantooth Oct 25, 2007 05:52 AM

                        Any smoke flavor in the meat at Firefly's?

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                          jjbourgeois RE: LStaff Mar 4, 2008 06:20 AM

                          Not in the Quincy location. That Fireflys is pretty horrible. I've heard the Marlborough location is the best out of the 3 Fireflys.

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                        twisty cup RE: Gordough Oct 26, 2007 01:47 PM

                        How about Jakes Dixie Roadhouse in Waltham. I've never been there, so I can't vouch for the food, but it is in metrowest and has a full bar.

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                          Spenbald RE: twisty cup Oct 26, 2007 09:35 PM

                          I have been and it's really awful. I paid $20 for a rib combo that came with pre-determined sides and dry, flavorless ribs. I'd much rather buy some beer from Gordon's and get take out from Blue Ribbon than drop a dime at Jake's.

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                            jgg13 RE: Spenbald Oct 27, 2007 11:04 AM

                            Yeah, I went there once and it was That Bad. I don't think any of us enjoyed our meal, the service was terrible, and the one reason we went (chicken fried bacon) was off the menu.

                        2. meuri RE: Gordough Mar 3, 2008 07:33 PM

                          Tennessee's Real BBQ has a store in Framingham. I've had more consistent Memphis-style ribs at Tennessee's (Quincy and Peabody places) than at my second favorite, Blue Ribbon in West Newton, although I know that other posters will disagree. I went to Firefly's in Framingham once, and wasn't too pleased with the food or the service (although they have a more extensive menu than the other BBQ places I've been too). Redbones has excellent quality meat, but nothing really exciting.

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                            Chris VR RE: meuri Mar 3, 2008 07:37 PM

                            But does Tennessee's have alcohol available? I don't recall seeing it in the Peabody outpost, but I'm usually there with kids and not in an alcohol frame of mind.

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                              ScubaSteve RE: Chris VR Mar 4, 2008 05:05 AM

                              Tennessee's in Peabody does have beer.

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                            foodismyfun RE: Gordough Mar 3, 2008 08:09 PM

                            chicken bone in framingham has good wings, good burgers live music, but food is not as good as redbones. good luck

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