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Village Smokehouse

bostonbroad May 22, 2008 01:07 PM

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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    macadamianut RE: bostonbroad May 22, 2008 01:31 PM

    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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      trufflehound RE: macadamianut May 22, 2008 01:41 PM

      They are opening in Lowell soon, too.

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        PaulB RE: macadamianut May 22, 2008 02:03 PM

        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.

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          BarmyFotheringayPhipps RE: macadamianut May 22, 2008 02:23 PM

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

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

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            macadamianut RE: BarmyFotheringayPhipps May 22, 2008 03:42 PM

            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.

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              BarmyFotheringayPhipps RE: macadamianut May 22, 2008 08:11 PM

              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.

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                BostonCookieMonster RE: BarmyFotheringayPhipps May 23, 2008 07:11 AM

                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.

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                  BarmyFotheringayPhipps RE: BostonCookieMonster May 23, 2008 09:20 AM

                  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.

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                    lergnom RE: BarmyFotheringayPhipps May 23, 2008 09:41 AM

                    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.

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          lergnom RE: bostonbroad May 22, 2008 02:38 PM

          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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            StriperGuy RE: lergnom May 22, 2008 03:58 PM

            Parboiled ribs under no circumstance qualify as Barbecue.

          2. MC Slim JB RE: bostonbroad May 22, 2008 04:27 PM

            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. galleygirl RE: bostonbroad May 22, 2008 05:54 PM

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

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                ghostcat RE: bostonbroad May 22, 2008 10:24 PM

                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.

                1. Matt H RE: bostonbroad May 23, 2008 05:47 AM

                  I work in the area and have tried Village twice and both times was extremely disappointed. The brisket is much too lean and the pulled pork is flavorless. No evidence of smoked flavor whatsoever!

                  My personal recommendation? Skip Village and walk over to either Brookline Family Restaurant for excellent Turkish cuisine or Orinico for great Venezuelan

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                    Taralli RE: Matt H May 23, 2008 06:10 AM

                    I heartedly 2nd Orinoco! 3 of us found the BFR's food too bland for our tastes.

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                      galleygirl RE: Taralli May 23, 2008 06:55 AM

                      Finally, someone else who isn't smitten with BFR!!!

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                    xperteater RE: bostonbroad May 23, 2008 06:34 AM

                    I would agree that the ribs are not the best but the burgers are outstanding!

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                      goodeater RE: bostonbroad May 23, 2008 09:00 AM

                      Get ready for a super long wait at Orinoco. We were there a couple weeks ago -- wanted to get to a movie afterwards but the wait was almost 2 hours even though they told us 45 minutes. The staff was apologetic and they bought us a round of drinks so we decided to chalk it up to newness and agreed to give them another chance. Appetizers were very good, entrees seemed small but maybe because we were starving by the time we sat down.

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