H and I had a great meal at the Yankee Smokehouse this past Saturday. The place was packed. We started by splitting an order of the Buffalo Wings. The wings were awesome--crispy and cooked to perfection. Instead of being coated in the hot sauce, it was served on the side in a bowl for dipping. We also had a cup of chunky bleu cheese dressing and the usual celery/carrot sticks. I liked the idea of being able to control the heat of the wings---the hot sauce was hot and excellent. We could have used more bleu cheese, but that was a minor point.
H had Tuckerman's Pale Ale (a local brew) with his meal, I had their own Pig's Ear Brown.
Both were great brews; mine was more bitter, which I wanted to offset the rich barbeque.
We decided to have the Smokehouse Combo Platter #1 (one of 4+ combo options for 2+ people).
On the platter were crocks of BBQ baked beans, coleslaw, garlic bread, corn on the cob, a half roasted chicken, beef ribs, pork ribs, and sliced brisket and pork.
I'll start with the sides. Husband raved about the beans. They were good, hot, with an almost garlic-y tang. I prefer (French Canadian roots) my beans with about a pound of salt pork and onion shimmering in them, so I liked, but didn't love the beans. The coleslaw was a HUGE hit with us. It wasn't drippy or too mayonnaise-y. It was lightly vinegared with celery seed being the main flavor note. It consisted of cabbage, a little radicchio, celery and carrot. Really nice.
H loved the garlic bread. Yankee Smokehouse's garlic bread is actually Texas toast, very thickly sliced, buttered, and garlic powdered (I think). He used it to make a brisket sandwich and was happy. I prefer my garlic bread to be a little more rustic (Italian roots), with some nice generously poured olive oil and real garlic on Italian crusy bread. I wasn't offended, but I was disappointed.
The corn on the cob was a delightful surprise--sweet, snappy (not cooked to a pulp) but way, way way too small. The menu touted a half ear and it was more like 1/4. Corn on the cob is also available to order a la carte as a side dish. I'd do that next time.
Now for the meat.
The only disappointment on the plate was the chicken. It wasn't bad, but I wanted it to be great. The skin was not crispy and the meat texture was on the greasy side rather than juicy. The serving size was ample--this was no small bird. On a scale of one to ten, I'd give it a 5 or 6.
The standouts were the ribs. We got an incredibly generous serving of big (BIG) meaty ribs....4 pork, 4 beef. They were delightful--juicey, succulent and subtly smoky, and cooked to perfection. The sliced pork and beef were also good--tender and thinly sliced, and nestled on the platter between the chicken and ribs. To be honest, my husband beat me to most of this.
To console myself for my dearth of sliced meat, I ordered rice pudding for dessert (it was the dessert of the day). To my delight, it was plain (no raisins), creamy and delicious. The serving size was ample enough to share, but I didn't. In a huff, H ordered another Tuckerman's.
We feasted there--and we are big eaters, literally and figuratively--and the total bill for dessert, three beers, and the combo platter (from which we took home leftovers) was 41 bucks. That was the best 50 we've spent in a long, long time.
I might try to get up there again next weekend and try one of the no-chicken combos.
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