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Hickory BBQ Smokehouse, Kingston, NY--a report

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Hickory BBQ Smokehouse, Kingston, NY--a report

Betsy | Jan 6, 2003 07:58 PM

Locals might remember this place as the Retreat, but more recently it was a "guns 'n' ammo" joint. It's near the now defunct Dollhouse on Route 28. The refurbished interior is warm and homey, with freshly varnished pine walls and great light fixtures made out of buckets.
I've eaten here a few times now--the first time, a cheeseburger the size of my head garnished with a huge pile of crispy, hand-cut french fries. The next day(!), my fiance and I returned to try the pulled barbecue--we both opted for the sandwich "sampler," three separate sandwiches of pulled pork, turkey and beef on artisan rolls served with macaroni or potato salad--an incredible value at $10.50. My favorite was the pulled pork, sweet, tender--and we had enough left over for lunch AND dinner the next day!

Now, the macaroni salad is very good, but the real star here is the roasted potato salad, flavored with whole-grain mustard and rosemary--amazing. We returned with friends a few weeks later for dinner and sampled hush puppies with maple butter and pillowy sourdough onion rings. Mmmmmmmm.

If you have to bring non-carnivore friends, they do offer a delicious chopped salad with goat cheese ($4.50) and a grilled vegetable and Gruyere cheese wrap ($7.50).

Thankfully, a beer lover is behind the scenes somewhere, offering a great selection of bottled beers (including the Belgian-style Hennepin from Ommegang Brewery in Cooperstown, NY) as well as Becks, Brooklyn Pilsner and Sam Adams Winter Ale on tap.

And what can I say about the service? Everyone is genuinely friendly and helpful, from prompt refills on drinks to chasing down forgetful patrons with hats and gloves.

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