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Jun 26, 2008 04:18 PM

Pilgrim BBQ, Ansonia, CT: what's the real answer?

Here's this place on 115, or Main Street, just two blocks from Crave. Nothing at all about them on Chowhound, yet CitySearch and InsiderPages both give it five stars! Many, if not most reviews are in screaming caps. I'm talking thirteen reviews, where this is the "perfect 10" rated restaurant that has everything. Southern fried chicken, BBQ, Italian and God knows what else!
Do I smell a rat or is this another "Crave"?
This reminds me of the discussion of Yelp, Citysearch and other food forums and guides that seem are uncontrolled and abused. Perhaps Yelp is not quite there...
Does anyone know anything about this hole-in-the-wall looking place that's unknown to Chouhounders?

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  1. Pilgrim BBQ is very well known to locals, has been in the Valley forever (or close to it). It used to be in an even more hole-in-the-wall location; the present place has a back room for catering. Everyone I know, including relocated southerners, loves their stuff; but everyone I know isn't a picky eater, so please bear that in mind. Not necessarily cheap food, but pretty reasonable, and very tasty. I haven't gotten anything from them in a couple years, but it's just because I'm never down there any more. It's still the same people doing the same stuff they always did, I believe.

    Eddie's Bake Shop, a couple of doors down, is also a long-standing, very yummy place.

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    1. re: harrie

      You seem to have been in the Valley a long time and have a good feel (or taste?) for things. I don't consider myself a picky eater, just a discriminating one. I'm more curious about the "Q" aspect of the restaurant; after all, it's part of their name, and I AM a relocated Southerner.... Does anyone know the style of it? Do they use a smoker or pit? Similar Q to Uncle Willie's? I think I'll try it soon, anyways.
      Eddie's bake shop: do they do breads?
      Ya know, we should do the CH get-together at Crave (that javaandjazz is suggesting).

      1. re: Scargod

        I've only lived here 18 years; it's kind of like moving to Maine, where you are considered "from away" for the first 50 years of your residence.

        I've never done the ribs because 1) I don't really care for them; and 2) they don't make for a work-friendly afternoon when you shuffle papers for a living.

        My cubicle-mate at the time was the most critical person I know and from Alabama, and she raved about the fried chicken -- but then Jimmy C. had bad fried chicken experiences, so there you go. Different tastes and expectations abound. I usually had the fish and chips or fried shrimp, never had too much to complain about.

        Maybe I can talk the hubby into Pilgrim for lunch tomorrow to refresh my memory and get his rib opinion.

        The get-together sounds fun, but my schedule's really hairy for the foreseeable future, so I can't commit right off the bat.

    2. It's a take out joint not to be confused with a real sit down restaurant. I've tried their chicken on several occasions. I found it to be overcooked and dried out at times. Other times it was greasy to the point of being inedible.The steak fries (they call them DJs) are soggy and ordinary. Ironically, their fried fish is totally on the money. I've never had their ribs but I'm told that they are very good. When I want good fried chicken I head to the Drumstik Bar-B-Q in Bridgeport. It's been there since I was a kid and still going strong although I haven't been there in a while.

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      1. re: Jimmy Cantiello

        Not to give deference to harrie, but I will have to see for myself since harrie puts it in a positive light, or says the local do. It would be so cool if they have fried catfish or decent Q ribs! I was driving by rather quickly yesterday and caught a quick glimpse of it and saw lots of tables outside, yet the place appeared small and dark. I could be wrong. That's why I perhaps, misapplied the "hole.." label.
        As I said to harrie, we should do the Crave get-together. I frequent the Seymour-Derby part of the valley.

        1. re: Scargod

          Growing up in the Valley you learn that Pilgram BBQ is just one of those places thats always been there. I haven't had it in probably more than 20 years when I was in highschool. So sorry Scargod, I can't help you with any type of review for their food.

          But like a few others have said, Eddie's Bake Shop is also a Classic in the Valley and yes, they do breads. If you go in there and they don't have what you're looking for you can order it and they will make it for you.

          1. re: Scargod

            I agree with you wholeheartedly, Scargod. You should go see for yourself. I gladly listen to all opinions, then go see for myself. After all, you are ultimately the best judge of your personal tastes.