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BBG Town, Roslindale


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BBG Town, Roslindale

emdb | May 21, 2005 07:40 AM

The DH and I decided it was time to stop being so JP-centered, and to head out Washington Street to Roslindale. We live at Forest Hills, so we took a walk down Washington to BBQ Town, which is before Roslindale Center. It's a good sized place, with ten or so tables. While we were there eating our meal, a good two dozen people came in for takeout, so they seem to be quite popular on the neighborhood. Lots of the customers seemed to be on a first name basis with the friendly, efficient greek men (yeah, greek BBQ?) behind the counter. The popular items seemed to be half and whole chickens, candied sweet potatoes, and collards.

In a nutshell, good prices, good portions, good sides, only OK BBQ. I got the beef rib/sirloin tips combo plate (includes two sides and cornbread) for 9.99, which came with about 3/4 pound of beef between the tips and the ribs, all coated in a puddle of sticky but not too sweet, slightly hot sauce. The sauce was not to my taste at all, but it wasn't bad. It just got to be too much of it before I was done. The beef ribs weren't as tender as I'd prefer, and were a little mushy, as if they'd been frozen. The steak tips were teeny little bits, so even though there were a lot of them, I still felt like I didn't get enough. I had coleslaw and mac and cheese for sides, and both were very good-- hot enough mac & cheese, actually creamy and cheesy, with some of the top bits that are crusty of the baking. Definitely not just macaroni splodge, as is so often the case. The coleslaw was crisp, cold, fresh, and lightly but nicely dressed. Cornbread was sweet, moist, and a good foil for the sauce.

The DH had pork ribs and a chicken breast combo (also 9.99), with collards and coleslaw. He said the pork ribs were better than the beef ribs, but also a little mushy/tough. The chicken breast was just a grilled boneless breast. He concurred on the cornbread and coleslaw, and said that his collards were good, with lots of porky bits and were not gritty or chewy as bad collards can sometimes be.

They've got tons of bottled beverage choices, including some latino sodas, and have pre-cut slices of chocolate cake, boston cream pie, cheese cake, and what looked like bread pudding with raisins and caramel sauce. We were too full to try any of the desserts, though.

The menu lists pork and beef ribs, turkey tips, chickens, pulled beef, pork or chicken as the main BBQ items. Tons of sides. The potato salad in the front refrigerator case looked very fresh and tasty, as did the green salads already boxed up. They also have some other menu items-- lunch wraps, burgers and grillled sandwiches, and pizza of all things.

I've never been to a BBQ place where the sides were better than the meat, so this is a first. I might give the chicken a try some night for takeout on the way home, but I don't think we'll be back for ribs. The DH concurs: "it was OK, but Jake's Boss is better." I would, however, think seriously about stocking up on the sides here, and then grilling my own meat at home if I were having a large group over. Their prices are so reasonable and the sides so good that it'd be worth it.

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