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Nov 2, 2011 10:21 AM

Redbones 'Hound Dog' an insult to hounds

For $5, the Redbones truck in the Back Bay offers a "Hound Dog" with "chili" & cheese. Yeesh, what a misnomer on all accounts. The dog is a standard 2 oz. link, steamed (i.e., nothing special.) The chili is beans. No chili meat. No chili flavor. Just pintos in a sauce vaugely reminiscent of food service taco spice. The bun is wonder bread's version or its unseemly cousin. Though my office is 40 feet away and three floors up from the 'Bones truck, the bun did not hold up under the weight of the 'chili.'

Let's call this "Hound" what it is - a dog with no bite.

55 Chester St, Somerville, MA 02144

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  1. Decent beer selection at the restaurant, but weak in just about every other area.

    1. That sucks.. I hate when i get food and its horrible. Makes me want to throw it at the cook

      Redbones has been an insult to us for years now. The only redeeming qualities are the beer and the apps

      55 Chester St, Somerville, MA 02144

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      1. re: Locutus

        I've had excellent BBQ there many a time, great service, and tasty food all around. It might be an insult to you, for whatever reason, but they're far from being a blight on the local food scene. That said, the hotdog described above sounds lame, but that's not at the restaurant... it's at the food truck.

        1. re: Boston_Otter

          I have had good food at redbones. but its very few and far between

      2. I like Redbones. Shoot me.

        55 Chester St, Somerville, MA 02144

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        1. re: FoodDabbler

          To be quite clear, the "Hound Dog" from their truck is an insult to chowhounds. FWIW, my Redbones days date back 2 decades, and I've even had them cater special events, though it's been awhile.

          55 Chester St, Somerville, MA 02144

          1. re: FoodDabbler

            FoodDabbler, have you been to B.T.'s Smokehouse in Sturbridge? Blue Ribbon BBQ in West Newton?

            1. re: CookieLee

              No to both. Should I?

              I want to make clear that I don't think Redbones is the best BBQ I've had. It has its defects. But I've a soft spot for it (for reasons explained on another thread).

              55 Chester St, Somerville, MA 02144

              1. re: FoodDabbler

                Oh, yes, you really should. I will warn you that B.T.'s will totally spoil you for any 'cue in the area. Blue Ribbon in W. Newton can be v. good. I was a huge Redbones fan back in the '80's. I wish they were better. But after discovering B.T.'s, we make ANY excuse to get our bbq cravin' selves to Sturbridge.

                Blue Ribbon Barbecue
                1375 Washington St, West Newton, MA 02465

                B.T.'s Smokehouse
                Sturbridge, MA, Sturbridge, MA

                1. re: CookieLee

                  BT's is not remotely in Greater Boston by any definition of the area, just sayin' it's a 1+ hour drive from downtown...

                  1. re: Gabatta

                    seems like we just did this in the pulled pork thread but o.k.
                    in the south, and most assuredly in texas, i have been driven an hour or so for barbeque, no one bats an eye.
                    people will wait two hours to get SEATED at neptune oyster. i say get on the pike, put on the radio and go for good smoke and be back before they get snotty attitude and appetizers. no contest.

                    1. re: hyde

                      How can you compare spending 2 hours in the north end to 2 hours stuck in a car?
                      While waiting for the phone call from Neptune you can walk around the north end, get a drink somewhere, take a look around the various shops, sit in a park, etc

                      While sitting in a car for 2 hours you can....waste gas? Pollute the planet even more? Thats all I can come up with. The south can keep their 2 hour drives.

                      1. re: Kinopio

                        There aren't many places I'll drive two hours to for dinner, and they usually involve an overnight stay, as I'm probably going to want a couple of glasses of wine with that meal, and maybe an amaro afterward.

                        Similarly, I won't wait in line for any length of time for dinner, either, even for a place like Neptune that I really like. The only places that don't take reservations that I will tolerate are the ones whose slack times I've figured out, like Toro, the Franklin and Trattoria Toscana. Pretty much everything else can go to hell, including those stupid North End tourist traps.


                        Trattoria Toscana
                        130 Jersey St, Boston, MA 02215

                        1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

                        1. re: Kinopio

                          given the choice between an quiet hour long conversation with my girls followed by decent barbeque and and being bumped by obese tourist families screaming about how "PAUL REVERE LIVED RIGHT HERE!" , you can have the overpriced/overhyped north end. ill pay for the gas, it will still be cheaper. im with mcslim, to hell with them.

                        2. re: hyde

                          I've driven and flown hundreds of miles to sample BBQ at some of the better known places...Arthur Bryants, Sonny Bryants, Black's, Kreutz, Sweatmans, Skylight..for the simple reason that there was no other reason for me to be in the area.

                          I find nothing crazy about travelling for good Q. Have yet to make it to BT.

                          That said, as a practical matter, I can't always spend a lot of time travelling for Q. My local favorites are M&M, Blue Ribbon (been a while, so I'm aware of the dh alerts) and Blackstrap did a nice job at a catered party...sure it's better in house.

                          As other have said, Redbones was once good but has experienced a long term downhill slide and I rarely think of it. The beer and atmosphere are superb but the smoked meats are too inconsistent (to be kind).


                          1. re: 9lives

                            that about sums it up for me

                        3. re: Gabatta

                          Gabatta, that may be true, but it's worth it! We were talking about bbq in general, not just the Greater Boston area.
                          hyde, you got it!
                          Back in the 50's and 60's, my parents would drive from Randolph and then Quincy, to Ptown for dinner.

                          1. re: Gabatta

                            Maybe not, but is there a better board/thread to mention BT's on? It seems like the Greater Boston is the most logic.

                            I wouldn't drive out to Sturbridge from Boston for food, but I am always looking for restaurant ideas not too far off of 84, 684, 95, 15, etc.

                            1. re: viperlush

                              Yes, the Southern New England board.

                  2. It's an Elvis reference. It may be an insult to Elvis but consider the crap quality of his diet.

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                    1. re: lergnom

                      To be fair, Elvis was ahead of the bacon craze by about 50 years.


                      1. re: MC Slim JB

                        Anyone in the South was into bacon generations ago.

                        There's pig in everything. And the chains like Biscuitville and the cafeterias make their living on gravy with pig, bacon on top, etc. That and fried chicken.

                        Though real Brunswick Stew is made with squirrel.

                        1. re: lergnom

                          Anyone ever had that Brunswick stew with squirrel?

                          Anyone ever had squirrel, period?

                          I've always been curious about it, ever since I read that brunswick stew recipe in Gourmet (!)--the cookbook, not the magazine--lo these many years ago.

                          1. re: femmevox

                            I have. A number of times. You can't taste the squirrel, at least not much, which is why it's in a stew. It's kind of dark. Not much meat on a squirrel. I don't think I'd eat squirrel pieces like you can eat a rabbit.

                            I have not had squirrel brains, which is more of a hunters' thing. I have been offered the opportunity but declined, not because of the speculative chance of CJD. I think it's yucky.

                            1. re: lergnom

                              "I used to eat squirrel all the time, but then it got too mainstream." -Brooklynite, Sometime in the Near Future