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May 27, 2008 11:31 AM

Does the East Coast Grill Serve Great BBQ?

FACT 1: Friend of mine swears by the brisket, pulled pork, and ribs at East Coast Grill (used to patronize regularly when she lived in Cambridge).

FACT 2: Chris Schlesinger is reknown as a barbecue/grilling expert (nice feature in the Wall Street Journal over the weekend).

FACT 3: The East Coast Grill is rarely mentioned in the inevitable quarterly "Who has the best barbecue" post on Chowhound.

So my question is...does the East Coast Grill serve great bbq?

Thanks for your advice.

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  1. Great,,, no. Good to Very Good,,, yes.

    1. Its serviceable, not bad, etc. Great, no.

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      1. re: jgg13

        Although it ranks with the best in the area (which does not make it great), it does not make the "Best BBQ" threads because it is not a barbeque joint.

      2. East Coast Grill serves a great burnt ends sandwich - I like it better than the burnt ends at Blue Ribbon. Cannot comment on other dishes, but the Xiao Jianming's Wetbones are fantastic as well.

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        1. re: gini

          Second the wetbones rec. Sticky, tangy, tamarindy ribs.

          1. re: yumyum

            Third the Xiao Jianming's wetbones. I'll admit, I go to ECG for the seafood but I like to get a wetbone or 2 as an appetizer.

          2. re: gini

            I agree. Not "great classic bbq", but what they serve is great. CS's dry rubbed ribs are great, as are the Xiao Jianming's and the Hell bones.

            well smoked , nicely finished.


            1. re: raddoc

              add my vote to the "yes" contingent, with the caveat that we're talking about an area where very good barbecue is as good as it gets and great barbecue seems to be just over the horizon. Anybody know anything about the barbecue place that opened on Washington Street just before market in Brighton? Used to be a Korean restaurant?

            2. re: gini

              Totally with you on the burnt ends sandwich. Make sure to order a side of inner beauty hot sauce, and apply liberally.

            3. Personally, I'd put it in the "just OK' category. Certainly not a destination spot for BBQ in my book.

              1. Id say no..
                BBQ does not = grilling...

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                1. re: hargau

                  They do have things like pulled pork, brisket, etc that's not just grilled.

                  1. re: jgg13

                    Yes i know, i have tried them and wasnt impressed. Id take blue ribbon or even tennesees! over it anyday and thats saying something cause tenesees isnt all that good...

                  2. re: hargau

                    The stuff they call BBQ at the ECG is the real, low-temperature slow-smoked deal. I'm no connoisseur, but I'm a big fan, especially of the pulled pork.

                    Their grilled seafood, which is just plain grilling, is also exceptional.

                    The most offensive self-styled BBQ joint in town in my book is the Village Smokehouse, which doesn't appear to smoke anything, just grills stuff (and parboils its ribs) and burns on finishing sauce at the end. Blech.