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Blue Ribbon??

Ox Nightmare | Jul 20, 2004 07:52 PM

Well...I am not sure just what I am wading into here but for the sake of my own sanity, I need to do a little straw polling. It seems that Blue Ribbon is pretty roundly loved by many out there. Is there anyone else out there who does not understand the fuss? I don't want to be a killjoy but the joint is highly overrated, even for Boston.

Allow me to amplify;

The ribs, in my mind are good. Not great, not incredible, they are GOOD, reliable ribs in the same way that Shaw's has a GOOD, reliable produce section. The pulled pork (the real mark of a BBQ joint with such a pervasive NC theme) is, frankly rather poor. It is consistently greasy (not fatty, I like fat. It is greasy) and strong-tasting. It simply cannot hold a candle to Redbones pork which is exemplary in most every way. The sides at BR, again, are GOOD. A nice taste of Southern cooking but not the best in town.

In my defense, I understand and appreciate real American BBQ and Southern food. My gold standard is not a slab covered in KC Masterpiece and thrown on the grill. Additionally, for the past four summers, I would eat at BR at least six or seven times a month at the insistence of friends before I finally put my foot down last year. My sense of their food is better than average. To take it one step further, I liked it the first time I tried it, just as I LIKE it now. I have just grown progressively less willing to eat there if I can avoid it.

There! I said it and feel worlds better...So? Anyone else out there who understands what Blue Ribbon is all about but still doesn't see the fuss?


PS- While I'm at it...the burger at Casey's in Natick KILLS the monstrosity at Bartley's...Best in Boston, indeed! No need to reply, just wanted to air that as well.

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