So we did get to Soul Fire tonight for their Monday Allyoucaneat Wings Night. It's across Harvard St. from the old Marty's location, just off Comm Ave. I must say , I was perplexed that I could find no recent CH Soul Fire threads, particularly about the Wings Night , because I see a lot of CH posts looking for lower priced eating deals. At 6pm we were the 3rd party in the large room and when we left at 7:15 it was full. Seems that lines-out-the-door is a common scene for Monday nights there. Btw, excellent AC for these dog days of summer.
As usual, a few mentions on CH tipped us off about Soul Fire but it was a CH link to the pigtrip blog that really caught my attention because the very thorough reviewer/blogger put Soul Fire in Boston's #1 Top Tier for BBQ.
How it works: When placing your order for the Wings option, you choose your sauce, or , for newbies, they can bring you a sampling of wings in different sauces and then you can tell them what sauce(s) you want on the refills. They just keep bringing them as you order them. The wings are all cooked in advance and then refried a short time and tossed with sauce. They are large and perfectly moist; not one of our three hundred and fifty two were dry ;-} Being averse to oversweetness in bbq sauces, we tasted a few and settled on the Soul Fire and Pit Boss and plain/no sauce. The sauceless ones were good for tossing with the sauced ones which were all rather oversauced (she said, working her way through a mountain of napkins by meal's end.) The PitBoss is 3 parts Soulfire to 1 part Sweet Sauce, so the Soulfire is the least sweet (except for the Buffalo version which is 'hotish') and it has a nice bit of cumin. We tried the wings, the baby back ribs, coleslaw, pota.salad,and mixed greens salad. ( pigtrip had highly rec'd their fried chicken but we forgot to try it.) The coleslaw was particularly good . The pota salad was pretty good; it had good crunch and some mustard element(neither was even close to swimming in mayo); the cornbread was unadorned, moist, and sweet but not too cloying (unless you hate sugar in your cornbread, which would have made it unbearable in your book.) Green Salad was generous, good and basic but with bottled dressings. The baby back ribs were very meaty but a little dry , but we both were rather focused on the wings. For our taste, we would really like to see them offer more items that are less sweet (how 'bout some of those great jalapeno hushpuppies from Red Eyed Pig and some interesting cornbread variations and some great onion rings , a spinach salad and homemade green salad dressings?)
As you might guess, Soulfire is quite popular with students, families w/ little kids, etc. I had fun talking w/ the manager. How many wings do they sell on a typical Mon night? 3500-4000! (about 450 lbs.)
Their top selling sauce is the SoulFire and they go through 60-80 gal. each week.(That's 12-16 5 gal pickle or paint buckets!!) Last night was the opening of their first sister Soul Fire- in Brigham Circle.
Hope some of y'all will try and enjoy it. I'm not familiar with a better cheap eats deal out there.