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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.)

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Inasuitcase Jan 23, 2011 06:03 PM

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

  1. rp1760 Jan 27, 2011 05:59 AM

    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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      SmartCookie Jan 27, 2011 07:24 AM

      Here's the updated info.

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

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      galewskj Jan 28, 2011 11:39 AM

      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
        rp1760 Jan 28, 2011 01:15 PM

        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

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          Inasuitcase Jan 28, 2011 11:09 PM

          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. MSPD Jan 29, 2011 02:16 PM

        Bayport BBQ = Winner!

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

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          greghoffman Jan 30, 2011 02:25 PM

          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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            Inasuitcase Jan 31, 2011 09:59 AM

            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:-)

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            ssioff Feb 5, 2011 07:30 AM

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

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              mnwild12 Apr 25, 2011 12:38 PM

              Bayport BBQ catered (we picked up the food) our Easter lunch this year and everything was just delicious.

              We ordered Beef Brisket, Shredded Pork, Shredded Chicken, and Smoked Hot Link Sausages for the meat dishes. While all were excellent, the brisket is truly exceptional and has a bacon like quality that must be tasted.

              For side dishes we had Au Gratin Potato, Baked Beans, Cole Slaw and Chicken Salad. The baked beans were smoky and spicy with large pieces of delicious brisket, best beans I've had. The Au Gratin potatoes were good but I preferred the dine in experience with a baked cheese crust on a previous visit. This may have been a limitation of take out containers. The Chicken Salad was delicious and looked to be made from smoked rotisserie chicken. This is not your deli pasta style chicken salad, it is dense and almost all meat. The cole slaw was pretty standard and a good compliment to BBQ food but nothing special.

              Bread was fresh baked and tasty. They also included a couple free delicious Berry Cobblers.

              All in all a great experience and an incredible value. I almost want to tell them to raise their prices! <$10 per lb of delicious meats make it tough to justify cooking at home.

              Thanks Bayport BBQ.

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

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                HuaGung May 3, 2011 03:50 PM

                Slow to the party here, but, WOW!

                Been there three times in the past two weeks. I've had the brisket each time (once you try it, you'll understand), the pulled chicken, the ribs, and pulled pork. From a pure nirvana standpoint, the brisket is the best bbq I've ever eaten anywhere. I'm no expert and don't mean to imply such. I'm just sayin'. Utterly phenomenal. Moist, deeply smoky, we got some off the lean and some off the fat each time.

                The ribs were my second favorite. Meaty, moist, fall-off-the-bone tender and deeply smoky like the brisket (which, duh, it's what they do there...). I love bbq that needs no sauce.

                Friends loved the chicken but were non-committal about the pulled pork. Thought it was the weakest of what we tried. It was fine really, just lacked the intense flavor of the rest. The sides we ordered were fine, but don't warrant their own conversation. We had slaw, beans, au gratin potatoes, and a loaf of bread. Had apple crisp and pecan pie for dessert, which, again, oh well. I wouldn't order the desserts again.

                And the cheap white whiskey mixed in your lemonade is a wonderful thing.

                Best part of the evening for my 15 year old was having the cook who brought out the food say "here you go fellers, think you might like it."

                He was right. I'll go back often. It really is that good.

                Cheers,

                Huagung

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