I went the first two nights. It's a pretty good looking place with nice dark wood tables and chairs. It's counter service only, with self serve cutlery and sauces, similar to Blue Ribbon.
The first night I got a spare ribs and pulled pork combo, with cole slaw and collard greens. I also sprung for an extra side of baked beans. The ribs were very meaty and loaded with a rub that was strong on flavor without being too spicy. The ribs were good: very tender, with a pink smoke ring and a pleasing cloves taste. They were a little on the fatty side and not as warm as they could be, but I was impressed. The pulled pork, served on a slice of white bread, had an assortment of pulled strips from different parts of the shoulder, with a little bark. Some of the pieces were a little dry, some were juicy, but all had good flavor. The second night I had the babybacks. Not as meaty, flavorful or fatty as the spares, but good. Same thick rub.
Meats get served without sauce; there are 5 very good sauces to choose from (hot, sweet, tangy, vinegar, mustard), three of them warm.
The pickles were great! They give you a lot and they have a lot of spice (these weren't available Tuesday night). Cole slaw was crisp, with little to no dressing. The baked beans were a little dry. The collard greens were excellent, with big leaves, lots of bacon and a great (sweet/vinegar) flavor. Corn bread good.
This is a nice addition to the area. It's on Harvard Ave a few doors north of Commonwealth Ave.
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