Swung by the old standby rib joint, Uncle Pete's Hickory Ribs, this weekend. For those of you who haven't been, it's located on Day Square in East Boston, in a former Dairy Queen. Black naugahyde booths, red and white checkered tablecloths, rolls of paper towels on each table, and a constant stream of oldies complete the decor. I usually get the three rib sampler (an absolute steal - 3 ribs and two sides for under $5 before dinnertime). The pork ribs are quite tasty- smoky, sweetish, tender and meaty good. And the two sides come from a page-long list, most of which are plentiful and carefully prepared - homemade mashed potatoes, giant baskets of hand-cut skin-on fries and homemade onion rings, decent baked beans, as well as more unusual offerings (for a barbecue joint) like asian slaw. I also tried the fried chicken, which, while perhaps not a spiritual experience, was quite good. Thinly coated and lightly fried, the meat was juicy and flavorful. And did I mention the $2.75 Pete's and Sam Adams drafts served in immense chilled mugs? And the fabulously friendly service? And that Uncle Pete really runs it? And that you should really check it out?