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Has anyone tried the Red Eyed Pig in W. Roxbury?

It's a new take out BBQ joint on Center St., near to where the Upper Crust is......I smelled smoke when I went in and grabbed a menu, but haven't tried it yet.....anyone have a report?

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  1. I ordered the pulled pork platter with cornbread, collared greens and baked beans on Saturday. I chose the sweet sauce, but they have about five to offer ( FYI, I believe that the online menu is only available as an image on their Facebook page right now). Really good, and better than I had hoped. The beans, in particular, were large and had a nice sauce - not the "out of the can" variety. I also liked that the pulled pork wasn't as limp as you can sometimes find it. I was hoping for something at the level of Blue Ribbon which, for around the West Roxbury area (commuting to the Newtonville location0, is the best you can expect for take-out (have yet to try the newer sit-down BBQ places like Sweet Cheeks and that place in Winthrop). My first take is that this exceeds Blue Ribbon and thus, I am happy.

    Also, I understand that they had something of a helter-skelter opening on Friday night, but most of the logistics were worked out by Saturday and they seemed to be humming along.

    Have yet to try the other sides or appetizers, but plan on ordering some catering for a party this weekend. Looking forward to it.

    Full disclosure, I sit on a neighborhood business board and helped them work through the licensing process, and have been tweeting etc. about their opening.

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    1. re: ML02132

      Yeah, it was friday when I walked by, and they did seem to be struggling (was getting take out at Himalayan Bistro). Can't wait to try this place, as BBQ Town is a real let down in the BBQ department.

      1. re: ML02132

        GREAT report - we're so excited! Any news on when the Mexican place is opening?

        West Rox really has the best restaurant scene now - I think more than JP or Rosi (IMHO, of course!)

        1. re: sallyt

          Last I heard, Los Amigos was hoping for a pre-Christmas opening, but I am guessing it will be early January based on their current state of construction. Lean Works is looking at February (they are opening in the old Finagle spot on Spring St., near Panera, FYI).

        2. re: ML02132

          ML02132 - what's the link to your twitter feed? I'd love to follow West Rox food stuff...

          1. re: sallyt

            Sure - it's @mtloconto. You should also follow @WRMS for West Roxbury Main Streets (http://www.wrms.org) - we are a nonprofit and I am a volunteer on the Board. We assist new and existing businesses in the neighborhood with start-up issues, storefront redesign and promotions. In particular, I tend to host a lot of restaurant-focused events, like beer & wine dinners/tastings. Here are some of the existing twitter handles for our restaurants:


            Apologies if I missed a few; also, you can follow Red-Eyed Pig, Porter Cafe and Lean Works (as well as those listed above) on Facebook. Cheers!

          2. re: ML02132

            I haven't been yet, but I have to point out that, according to Boston Restaurant Talk, the place is owned by the people who run Blue-Eyed Crab in Plymouth (makes sense based on the name). I tried a couple of things at e Blue-Eyed Crab last year, and they were outstanding, seemed like they put a lot of thought into the ingredients, preparation, and execution of their dishes.

            I can't wait to try Red Eyed Pig since the quality seems to be just as high based on what I'm reading on this post.

            1. re: ML02132

              We were in the neighborhood on Saturday, and even though we had a late b'fast, figured we'd grab a quick lunch. Sorry to see no other customers there at 12:30 (one couple came in as we were leaving near 1PM), cuz it's still very good. Had a small portion of the Pork Belly (DW had chili), and we shared a small Mac & Cheese. Everything was delicious. Noticed they now serve b'fast there. Luckily we live far enough away that we shouldn't be tempted, but it looked very interesting. And reasonably priced.

            2. Tried to go last night but they weren't open :( Oh well, probably recuperating from the opening weekend.......the menu looks kind of amazing. I really want to try the pimento cheese stuffed jalapenos.....that sounds right up my alley

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              1. re: devilham

                Yes, they closed yesterday to get the shop in order after such a hectic opening few days. I believe they will reopen today.

                I am looking forward to the green chile & pork belly doughnuts!

              2. Just read the menu - must go there immediately. Anyone know if they have beer, or other alcohols?

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                1. re: nsenada

                  I don't think so - it's really a take-out place. BUT - delicious!

                  We got takeout from the Red Eyed Pig last night. I'm not a huge BBQ person (I don't eat pork or meat) but my husband and 5 yo daughter LOVED it. They got ribs, pulled pork, beans, mashed potatoes, and hush puppies, and loved it all. I ate a side of mac and cheese which was delicious. We got the peanut butter pie in a mason jar which was fantastic.

                  They proclaimed the bbq to be better than Blue Ribbon.


                  1. re: sallyt

                    I'll second the Blue Ribbon comparison, too. I went again last night - the Hush Puppies with the orange maple bacon butter was excellent.

                    Also, in reply to the original question - there is no beer/wine/liquor license as they are a primarily take-out operation. There are a few barstools for eating in at a window counter.

                2. Made it to The Pig last night, and sure am glad I did! The food was really very good, with a real home made care put into it. The wife and I ordered the pork belly donuts, which were soft and fluffy, salty and just good. We also got the stuffed jalapenos, which were made from scratch....they were very large peppers (so big, it more reminded me of a chili relenos than a popper!), with a nice kick to them, stuffed with cream cheese (they claim pimento cheese, and really everyones recipe for pimento cheese is different, but I would call this straight cream cheese) and coated with what seemed a tempura batter, simply an outstanding dish. At the counter (I had called my food in) I asked for a sample of the pork (as I had said earlier, you can smell smoke in there, os I had to try something smoked!) and it was so tasty I added the pulled pork sandwich with a side of (very lovely, vinegary) collard greens. Nice pork, with a good bark and smokey taste, served on a (potato?) bun with coleslaw, classic. Lastly my wife ordered the apple crisp, which is served in a mason jar, it was good, and the presentation was cool. I can't wait to try this place again and really explore the menu.....but I got a great first impression.

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                  1. re: devilham

                    I am really psyched to try this place. How did the food travel?

                    1. re: nsenada

                      medium well for travel, the fried jalapenos got soft, but it's not their fault, that's what happens....I would however recomend they use containers that breath better to help mitigate that sort of thing.....but it's no show stopper.

                  2. Happened to stumble on this place on Sunday when I ran an errand in the city. Ironically, I had been meaning to go to the newish BBQ place in Needham (can't remember the name right now) and wound up here instead.

                    They are clearly still ironing out the kinks, but the food showed real promise, I tried the brisket plate with sweet potatoes and collard greens on the side. Had the spicy sauce. Meat was quite tender and very flavorful, potatoes were OK (a few were undercooked). Collard greens were a highlight -- best I've had in a while. Sauce had a kick and nice flavor.

                    It's a ways from home for me, but I might meander back once in a while to explore some of the other options on the menu.

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                    1. re: jdoc

                      Any more visits?

                      Going to try to hit this up tonight.


                      1. re: L2k

                        I posted this on the SC thread, but it's more pertinent to Red-Eyed Pig, obviously:

                        We just got our second takeout from Red-Eyed Pig last night and it was delicious. My husband loves the ribs, the mashed potatoes are divine, and for $28, we got an appetizer of hush puppies (excellent), a plate of ribs, beans, collard greens, and a plate of smoked chicken, mashed potatoes, and cheesy spinach. The smoked chicken was a litlte dry, so I can't recommend it, but everything else was great, and their sauces are outstanding (esp. the Carolina vinegar sauce). Cornbread comes with everything.

                        1. re: sallyt

                          Saw this before we went, thanks!

                          We live a bit too far to take out, like out Q to be nice and hot, so we sat on 2 of the 6 uncomfortable stools and ate at the window counter (kind of tight there). Had the hushpuppies (wow!) and the fried pickles (needs to be cornmeal) as apps, then the meals.

                          I had the 1/2 rack of St. Louis, with fries (ok) and mac/cheese (very good). Needed them to cut up the ribs for me as the plastic knive couldn't come close to doing the job. Ribs reminded me of Blue Ribbon (in a good way), and I thoroughly enjoyed them. DW had the smoked chicken (she's not a pork fan, and didn't feel like brisket), and really liked it. Also really liked her mac/cheese -- the mashed potatoes were "good".

                          Definitely will go back.

                          Talked to Jim (owner, I believe) for a few minutes when we were done. He thinks they still need to get their act together, but I can attest they are much closer to "ready" than Midtown is in Needham.

                          1. re: L2k

                            Thanks for reporting back!

                            Did you see this article in the Globe?


                              1. re: sallyt

                                Great coverage of the opening - glad to see they are doing well. A follow-up: we made a large order before the holidays for a house party, and everyone was very impressed with the selection. I have been a pulled pork devotee, but I really liked the baby back ribs - they were fall-off-the bone. A note for larger orders - you can also request in advance to order the meats by the pint, as we did with the pulled pork. Everyone really liked the green chile & pork belly doughnuts - more like munchkins but doughy almost like a funnel cake. Hush puppies also had high marks, as well as the mac n' cheese sides. I'd had the beans and collared greens before and they have remained consistently good.

                      2. I tried Red Eyed Pig last night and really wanted to love this place. I'd give it a solid B. Tasty but not a destination. To sample diversely, I got St Louis ribs, beef brisket and fried smoked chicken with mac and cheese, beans and the pork belly jalapeno donuts. While the meats pass the sniff test (smoke on your fingers the next day), none were best in show. The ribs and brisket were dry without the wow factor that good BBQ has in the flavor department. The chicken (leg) was moist and a little smoky but the deep frying didn't add much. Beans used a red kidney bean and were sweet without much smoky depth. Mac and Cheese were creamy shells and sauce heavy in a good way. The donuts had a nice crispness and flavor but the dough was a little heavy. Overall, good but doesn't really compare with BT's in Sturbridge, which if you haven't been will redefine brisket for you. I would rate it a step below the current Soulfire and the former Blue Ribbon (when it was good) primarily based on the quality of the meat. This place is close to me so i would use it again, but it will not haunt my dreams.

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                        1. re: gourmaniac

                          really need to get out to that BT place someday, maybe the next time we go visit the in-laws in upstate New York (I seem to remember Sturbridge being along the route), or take the little guy to Sturbridge Village. I have had RedEyes a few more times since my original post and agree, a B is a good score for now, not amazing, but the only other "BBQ" place (and youre about to find out why I used the scare quotes) in my area is BBQ Town, and frankly, they have a lot of nerve using BBQ in their name, I'm just sayin is all.

                          1. re: devilham

                            BT's is just off the pike (5 min from Sturbridge Village) and well worth it. I live near BBQ Town. LOL. Recently, they offered a free rib coupon the other way that i just tossed in the trash and my mama didn't raise me to throw away food. Just sayin.

                            1. re: gourmaniac

                              I'd have to go B- or C. Big caveat, we couldn't order pork (don't ask) so I'll return for ribs or the pork belly plate. 4 of us split an underdone salty burger and boring fries, fried chicken plate and 3 meat platter. The smoked fried chicken was okay as was the mac n cheese, sour cream and chive mashed potatoes were excellent, decent cornbread (with no butter). But the brisket was kind of dry and boring; maybe I'm used to seeing it chopped but I was surprised to see a big slab. Didn't taste the regular bbq chicken. Was surprised they had no pulled chicken or fried catfish. Wasn't a fan of the cole slaw at all (one color cabbage, large pieces, kind of boring but not too mayonaissy at least) and the cheesy spinach didn't live up to the hype. We got peanut butter pie for dessert but it's served in these ridiculous, cost ineffective mason jars which might be fine for banana pudding but don't work when you want a bite of crust and pie together (but it was tasty). People working were nice and I will give it a proper pork tasting, but not impressed on first try.

                              1. re: gourmaniac

                                I would say that anyone who has been to Lockhart won't have brisket redefined for them by BTs

                                1. re: jgg13

                                  anyone who has been to the Sistene chapel will not have catholicism redefined for them by the stained glass in the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in the south end,
                                  but come on! ....

                                  thats a high bar

                                  1. re: hyde

                                    Hey, gourmaniac is the one who made that claim w/o disclaimer!

                                    1. re: jgg13

                                      Having been to Kreuz Market years ago, BT's wouldn't be best in show in Lockhart, but not bad even in that company.

                              2. Finally got there, and for the most part the food was great. Got the fried, pimento-stuffed jalapeƱo, which was quite delicious, and still crispy after a 20 minute ride. Also had a three meat platter with brisket, St. Louis ribs, and pork belly. All were great, and thoroughly smoked, but the brisket was a little dry. The ribs were excellent, and had some decent bark. The pork belly was amazing - no overly piggy flavor, and the fat was rendered enough so that I could eat the whole thing without chewing on pieces that were pure fat (not that that would have stopped me). It was moist throughout as well. My favorite side was creamy spinach, unusual for BBQ, but excellent. Cole slaw was great and fresh tasting as well. I will definitely be back.

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                                1. re: nsenada

                                  i wrote this up on another thread yesterday. Was most impressed by the sides; all that we had were unique(didn't taste like everyone else's)and terrific: spinach, mashed pota, pota salad, cole slaw, hushpuppies, 'donuts'. Agree that frying added nothing to the lightly smoked moist chicken.
                                  Also enjoyed the peach lemonade (not too sweet.) Talented folks, workiing hard.

                                  1. re: opinionatedchef

                                    It's been a while since we went. I thought the portions were very generous, but I was not impressed by the food. The brisket had a smoky taste without the red ring. It was also the thickest brisket I have ever seem, at least 4 inches including 1/2 inch of fat. Smoked fried chicken didn't do much for us - pick one or the other. Hushpuppies were okay, pulled pork was probably the best thing we had.

                                2. Tried the other night and it was pretty decent BBQ and very reasonably priced.

                                  Meats: Brisket, the best of the 3 meats I sampled, very moist, slight hint of smoke, cut a little too thick as others have mentioned. Sausage, very moist, nice flavor but not much smoke. St. Louis ribs, the weakest of the 3 meats, moist but no smoke flavor, not enough of a dry rub flavor, and unfortunately I got the ends of 2 racks which tend to be smaller, less meaty and more well done.

                                  Sides: my fav was the Mashed Potatoes though it was a very chunky version. Mac and Cheese was obviously homemade but was too bland. Potato Salad just ok.

                                  Cornbread: don't bother. BBQ Sauces: ok, I used my own homemade instead of theirs.

                                  They do give you a lot of food and the prices are good.