Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > General Tristate Archive >
May 12, 2008 04:12 PM

BBQ Dry or Wet- best FFD or Westchester?

I love chicken, brisket and beef ribs any suggestions other than what is noted? And of course a great dessert to go with it...

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. When Jeff's Cuisine is fresh, they are great! Great dessert there too. They have some sort of banana pudding concoction. Just make sure you get there at 5pm for dinner, otherwise, you're eating dried up food that's been out for hours.

    1 Reply
    1. re: UWStoSONO

      I have had his many times looking for something new and better, thanks

    2. Q is the best in Westchester. The sliced brisket ranges from very good to outstanding. Better than the burnt ends.

      Never had their ribs (and I don't think they sell beef ribs... those are pretty hard to come by) but I've heard good things. The chicken has been very good, though it's been 2 years for that.

      Good hickory smoked BBQ beans as a side.

      10 Replies
      1. re: adamclyde

        I think it is hard to find good BBQ here - been to Q and think it is pretty good. we also like ribs on the run in white plains for take out - i know I will get flamed as they are not a "true" BBQ but we like it anyway - very wet and saucy.

        1. re: KarenNYC

          I agree, Karen. I didn't find Q exceptional and didn't like their setup one bit.

          Ribs on the Run was good for what it is, and the place in Valhalla was ordinary, imo.

          I'd still like to find the outstanding BBQ that I see (or used to see) on the Food Network.

          1. re: dolores

            really? Maybe I'm weird, but I love the order up front set up of Q. I'm not a fussy diner, I guess, but I like the quasi self service. Particularly for BBQ, where everything is pre-cooked, what can a waiter do for me except refill my water?

            And so that's all they do... they have busboys that refill water. I like that.

            as for quality... I really do like Q - the sliced brisket is wonderful. Pulled pork is pretty good too. The wings are very good as well.

            1. re: dolores

              Q used to be excellent. They've been going downhill for the last few years. They are still the best "authentic" BBQ joint in Westchester though.

              1. re: pabboy

                Define "authentic." For me, it's an all-wood-fired pit. Combo wood and electric or gas are commercial pits. I think you can tell the difference and I generally prefer all wood, but that's not to say I haven't had more than my fair share of commercial q. There are exceptions. I do like Q in Port Chester among Westchester options, though they use a gas/wood Southern Pride. And, interestingly, Southbound BBQ in Valhalla uses a J&R all wood pit, but I have not been fond of their results.

                1. re: woodburner

                  Yes I agree with your definition of "authentic". I put authentic in quotes to mean Q's smoked ribs or briskets versus Ribs on the Run baked style.

                  1. re: pabboy

                    OK, pabboy, so we have authentic, not authentic, and incredibly not authentic LOL

                2. re: pabboy

                  Q has only been around for a few years. Personally, I haven't noticed any change there.

                  Somewhat outside of Ffld. Co., there's Uncle Willie's in Waterbury. I only went once, but the brisket was delicious. I've heard good things from other people, too.

                  1. re: shellyesq

                    I've been going to Q since they opened back in '05. The portions have gotten smaller. The brisket and ribs are hit or miss now. Sometimes they can be pretty dry and flavorless. The pulled pork is a lot greasier and aren't shredded as evenly. Only the BBQ chicken has remained consistent.

                    I shouldn't complain because it's still the only decent BBQ joint in Westchester.

                3. re: dolores

                  Dolores, go to BigW in Wingdale.

            2. Maybe try a road trip to Wingdale north of Westchester and try Big W. Got a great write up in the times, but I haven't been there yet.


              1 Reply
              1. Best BBQ in Fairfield county is probably Smokey Joe's, on the Stamford/Darien border, Post Road.

                Of course, "best BBQ in Fairfield county" is a bit like being the tallest midget...

                2 Replies
                1. re: ChefBoyAreMe

                  >>Of course, "best BBQ in Fairfield county" is a bit like being the tallest midget...

                  Now that's funny. Politically incorrect, Chef, but funny.

                  Hmmm, I've been to Smokey Joe's and didn't mind the casual at all. In fact, one of my favorite casual places has logs for seats - it serves lobster and I think it's in CT. adamclyde, come to think of it, I can't define why I don't like Q.

                  And yet none of these places had BBQ that wow'ed me like it did in the South. Southbound had too many kids. Sounds like Big W is the next place to go for BBQ.

                  1. re: dolores

                    No offense to the "vertically challenged" intended...