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Bayport BBQ - New Restaurant Review (Unable to post as such. Their locaion is the former Bayport Cookery and Chowhound hasn't been updated.)

Bayport BBQ opened in the former Bayport Cookery location this past fall. I've visited many times since and it just keeps getting better and better. I brought a group of nine to dinner last night. Chef Chris bent over backwards to give us a sample of almost the entire menu. Yowsers! We left stuffed and very satisfied!

We sampled the pickles, chicken salad, sourdough bread, brisket (OMG!), chicken off & on the bone, turkey, ribs (LOVED the ribs!), potato salad (much improved), coleslaw (perfect), fettuccine (too bland), cheesy potatoes (also, bland and a bit oily), coffee cake (To die for!), and pecan pie (ALMOST as good as the coffee cake;-) For drinks, lemonade and sweet tea. Kudos to the chef(s). The meal was outstanding and the service as amazing as ever!

Each of us paid $15 for EVERYTHING (incl. drinks, dessert, and tip!) VERY reasonable. Also, they do offer acoustic music on most Sundays and, occasionally, other days of the week. They do have a website but it's best to find them on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Bayp...

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Bayport BBQ
328 5th Ave N, Bayport, MN 55003

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  1. I did a quick take out from here on Tuesday. Wow. Best beef brisket EVER. Moist style, sauce on the side. Hot links were perfectly smoked, slightly coarse grind, mildy spiced but very tasty. Also got an assortment of pickles. Can't wait to get back and try other stuff on the menu.

    I haven't been to Texas yet - going for the first time in May. I have done lots of research on their style of BBQ, and from what I have read this place seems to be spot-on Texas style. The meat is cooked over oak logs, and much of it is started the night before. Everything - brisket, ribs, turkey, chicken, links - is sold by the pound (most of the meats at $9.95 a pound). White bread (nice touch - crusted with cornmeal). Several sides, a couple of desserts - mostly pies/cobblers. Tall can of Pabst beer for $2. Cheap whiskey, a few other beers, real Mexican Coca Cola.

    I'll be back soon.

    www.bayportbbq.com

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    1. re: rp1760

      Here's the updated info.

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      Bayport BBQ
      328 5th Ave N, Bayport, MN 55003

    2. I'm glad their food is good, but to me it is sad that the Bayport Cookery is now a BBQ joint.

      And BBQ places are popping up everywhere now.

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      Bayport BBQ
      328 5th Ave N, Bayport, MN 55003

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      1. re: galewskj

        I never had the pleasure of dining at Bayport Cookery, though it was on my list. Always sad to see a small unique restaurant go under.

        I went here again last night just to try a few more meats. I ordered 2 ribs, 1/2 pound of pulled pork, and one of their specials of the night - 3 smoked chicken wings. The ribs were perfect. Not fall off the the bone tender, but toothesome tender. And incredibly flavorful. The pork was nice and smoky, very tender and moist, with lots of crispy end bits. The wings were a miss. Very large, beautiful color, fall off the bone tender, but strangely dry. They were OK with some sauce, but I'll pass on them next time.

        I love how everything is sold by the pound. I love how this joint is trying to stay true to Texas-style BBQ. I love the cheap white whiskey they sell by the shot and serve in in a 2 oz. canning jar. Time to grab a party and go on a weekend night and catch a band and some Q!

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        Bayport BBQ
        328 5th Ave N, Bayport, MN 55003

        1. re: rp1760

          Glad you enjoyed Bayport BBQ. It was sad to see the Bayport Cookery close, especially because I had always hoped to go there. I just never had a date:-( That chef was enticed back into the restaurant world and was at The Kitchen in Stillwater. That restaurant has now closed (I'm not surprised. I never heard very good reviews of the place and it was pricey.)

          Now, Shanghai Bistro is moving in. The owner is from Eau Claire and owns one there, in Woodbury, in Hudson, and will, also, be opening one in Lowertown. WOW!

          I've eaten at the Woodbury location and it was okay but not great. I've, also, been to the one in Hudson (Thanks to restaurant.com) and, again, good but not great. My friends rave about the sushi, though. I'm not a fan of sushi so I've never tried it. They did have a phenomenal lunch deal for $5.99 but that recently changed. It's now matching their other prices as "spendy". That's according to my 50-something old mom:-)

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          Bayport BBQ
          328 5th Ave N, Bayport, MN 55003

          Woodbury Cafe
          803 Bielenberg Dr, Saint Paul, MN 55125

      2. Bayport BBQ = Winner!

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        Bayport BBQ
        328 5th Ave N, Bayport, MN 55003

        1. Had lunch there today. I'll agree with the rest - the brisket is the best I've had outside of Texas, and at $9.50/lb, quite a bargain. Chicken and turkey were also both good, as was the sauce.

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          1. re: greghoffman

            Thank you, all, for supporting Chris and his endeavors! I'm so happy you've enjoyed your meals and agree that the food is delectable:-)

          2. RUN, don't walk for the brisket. Went for lunch yesterday. Can't wait to try some of the other offerings.