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Muddy River Smokehouse in Portsmouth????

lobstagal May 4, 2008 08:48 PM

Has anyone tried this place? How are the steaks? How's the BBQ? What's the atmosphere & service like?

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    elgato May 6, 2008 04:02 PM

    I like the food at the MRS. The barbeque is decent, better than most.
    The fried pickle appetizer is fantastic. Salty, tangy, and fried, what more could you want with a frosty beer?
    On my way north to the land of lobster, crab and fresh fish I would never consider stopping for BBQ. But after several days of pigging out on fine fishes, a big hunk of pork on the ride home hits the spot. They've got some funny T-shirts for sale, and the place is clean.

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      bewley May 5, 2008 09:26 AM

      I've only tried it when it had the original owners and the food (bbq) was pretty blah. I haven't heard anything good about it recently.

      The original owners opened the Muddy River Marketplace in Elliot Maine. We ate there a year or so ago and it was pretty good, but not great, we only ate the ribs:


      1. ScubaSteve May 5, 2008 05:56 AM

        haven't been a couple of years but i was Not a fan of their BBQ.
        from what i remember they serve Wet Ribs that are too done (i.e. fall off the bone, ewwww!).
        it just didn't seem like proper Q.

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          merrvally May 5, 2008 07:23 AM

          You may already know this, but MRS is owned by the folks that owned The Roma. I haven't, however, tried the BBQ.

          A friend is playing a show there this summer so I expect I'll get the chance then.

          1. re: merrvally
            ScubaSteve May 5, 2008 07:26 AM

            The Roma? in Haverhill?
            another Pit of Despair.

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              merrvally May 5, 2008 07:32 AM

              I slung ziti there for 8 yrs ... probably waited on you.

              The food was better back then for sure(late 80s, early 90's) but I wouldn't go there now!

              1. re: merrvally
                ScubaSteve May 5, 2008 08:17 AM

                i ate there 3x.
                but i put "workers" in their kitchen when i ran a "placement agency" so i've been in the kitchen.

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                treb May 5, 2008 09:00 AM

                You're being very kind, a can of spaghetti' o's would be fine cuisine compared to the Roma. It was OK in the 80's, went back for a function about 4or5 years ago. Ech... I couldn't imagine they're the same owners of MRS.

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                  merrvally May 5, 2008 10:04 AM

                  it's same folks that ran the roma in the 80's...I think they sold around 1998 or so... their standards are clearly higher than whoever runs it now.

                  I also believe there is some competition for BBQ recently come to Portsmouth...but i can't remember name or location.

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            treb May 5, 2008 05:56 AM

            Have had their Q many times, good quality, casual atmosphere. Not the best I've ever had but it's OK. and reasonable.

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