BBQ & Blues Joint on 101 in W. Milford set to open soon
I went last night on a weekday evening after work.
I got a brisket platter with an a la carte quarter rack of ribs. Ordering al a carte was necessary since there are no combo platters. Sides I
chose mac n cheese and beans. About $30 including a soda and tip. Expensive for
what you get IMO.
Smoke flavor was minimal to non existent, and the
brisket, while having decent moisture and tenderness, was more on the
pot roasty side. Brisket was borderline overcooked, but didn't fall
apart. Ribs probably could have been heated through a bit more. I'll go
back for a Saturday lunch at some point when it is quieter and see if I
can poke around.
Ribs had a small smoke ring, but were pretty skimpy meat wise. It was a
quarter rack of four "bones", and was cut from the skirt end of the rear
of the rack from the looks of it. Only one had what was a full length
bone, the others were cartilage and the end. This is a pet peeve of mine
and drives me nuts. On the plus side, there was a decent amount of rub
on both the ribs and brisket. The rub flavor was a bit mild for my
tastes, but points for not being shy with it and not drowning it in
sauce. Both meats were served dry without requesting it.
Sauce on the side comes in the usual six pack holder. Mustard, "BBQ" ,
Spicy. I didn't try the mustard, but the other two were OK - thankfully,
not cloyingly sweet.
Sides were OK. Beans were a bit mushy, with a thick sauce with decent
sweetness but not too sweet. Small bits of bacon, but you couldn't taste
it at all either in the beans and when I picked the pieces out, not much
taste. Mac n cheese was homemade, but had a thick leathery layer of
cheddar on the top and a bit dry. Like the meat, probably would have
benefitted from a little more prep before serving - slower and longer
heating would have improved the texture.
They have seating for about 40 at tables, and about 10 bar seats. At
6:30 on a Wed, they were almost full, esp the bar, which already seems
to have developed a townie/barfly crowd unfortunately. The location is
kind of cursed, but they might last a while. Time will tell. It's so
close I'll return and see if they evolve.
funny that you mention the rib joint developing a 'townie/barfly' crowd. Malarkeys parking lot has looked pretty sparse at times lately.
and I can see why they might. zero effort into making the place look at all nice or inviting.
as for the location being cursed ... the previous tenants, in their infinite wisdom, put up a coffee shop next to a Dunkies on a strictly commuting stretch of road. That's not a curse, that's just cluelessness.
Went for lunch today...first time.
Restaurant is very clean. Owner is friendly. They just put in an outside area that will have music at night I believe.
Food: hot links...had this as an app. made at Bare Bonz. These were good, not too spicy at all.
Beans: delicious. Rich molasses flavor. Not mushy at all.
Mac and Cheese: homemade, but could use more cheese flavor and a more al dente pasta. Good enough though.
Ribs: had a slight smoke ring. My hubby loved them. I'm not a rib fan so I didn't bother.
Beef brisket sandwich: I thought this was really good. Love that the meat came dry and not slathered in sauce.
Sauces: I'm not a fan of mustard based, so I stuck with the tomato based. There are 2 and they were very similar to me. The smoky one didn't taste much different from the original. They were good and made with natural ingredients...no corn syrup or crap added in.
Cherry cobbler: this was so good. It was more like cherry upside down cake. Fresh berries and so yummy!
I would go here again...maybe not at night when I think it gets to be pretty loud. That's just not my style. But it does sound like they get some pretty damn good bands in there.