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May 22, 2008 01:07 PM

Village Smokehouse

So, some friends of mine want to go here this weekend and that prompted a little research on the board. There are a couple of references that this place isn't good, but does anyone have more specific criticism? Since I probably can't get out of it, what is the best / safest thing to order?

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  1. The food is just not that good. The ribs are thrown on the grill and sauced and you get your food two minutes after ordering. The salads look like something from the 70's. The sides are very average and It's a place I just do not recommend. I am surprised it has stayed in business as long as it has. Matt Murphy's would be a far better choice. The quality at Village Smokehouse is below average.

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      1. re: macadamianut

        Definately avoid any BBQ items as there is zero smoke flavor or texture in their BBQ, odd for a place called the smokehouse. I had ribs that appeared to have been boiled before they were thrown on the grill and had the sauce burned onto them.

        1. re: macadamianut

          "Matt Murphy's would be a far better choice."

          And given that Matt Murphy's sucks, that's saying something.

          1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

            I have not been to Matt Murphy's in the past six months. Why does it suck? I used to like the homemade bread, salad, soupsand fish and chips. I always thought it was better than the Publick house.

            1. re: macadamianut

              We had the fish and chips there fairly recently and the quality of the fish in particular was so low that I considered the dish a personal insult. It was basically the parts you would trim off of a cod filet.

              1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                Matt Murphy's does not suck. I realize you had a meal you didn't enjoy and it's all subjective, but this sweeping statement just is not true. The bread, the stew, the pork chop, the fish and chips every time I personally have had it--all excellent to me, anyway. It's not as cozy as it used to be, but it's still a very pleasant place to go.

                1. re: BostonCookieMonster

                  It wasn't jsut the food, though. The atmosphere was vile. Too crowded, too noisy, too cramped, and all around unpleasant. I'm glad you like it, but it was a deeply unpleasant experience that I'm never going to repeat, and frankly, I probably wouldn't go back even if the food was good simply because everything else was so awful.

                  1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                    It's a bar that has become more of a restaurant over time. It's a very good bar but is less successful as a restaurant, both foodwise and because it gets way over-crowded. The best times to eat there are lunch or for an afternoon snack.

                    I live around the corner and it's a terrific place for a pint and some fries.

        2. I would say the ribs are cooked not boiled - though they may be parboiled since that is a technique often used - and then set next to the grill in a pile waiting to be heated over the fire for serving. They are okay, which is a tepid endorsement, but the atmosphere is lively, like you're stepping into a pool of life in otherwise quiet Brookline Village.

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          1. re: lergnom

            Parboiled ribs under no circumstance qualify as Barbecue.

          2. It's undeniably popular, but it's not barbecue in the serious sense (slow smoke cooking at low temperature). It's barbecue in the backyard sense, i.e., grilling, with a finishing sauce burnt on at the end, and parboiling of ribs before they hit the grill.

            It's not awful per se, but real BBQ fans will consider it anathema. I don't like the food, myself, but the highballs are pretty good. It is what it is.

            1. They have a few fish options for non-meateaters. They use frozen fish. 'Nuff said,

              1. It's not a destination place by any means, but the brisket used to be very good. I haven't been there is a while, but if you are looking for a safe dinner, that would be my recommendation.