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Very solid barbecue in Needham: Midtown Smokehouse and Grill

Prav | Oct 19, 201102:30 PM     30

This new restaurant's first mention is buried within a thread about the Village Fish (the former occupant), so I wanted to start up a new thread with the name of the place in it.

Excellent and very tasty dinner last night.

We gravitated toward an appetizer of some SUBLIME "catfish bites". Charcoal-briquette-sized chunks of catfish, lightly dusted in cornmeal. Expertly fried; they were not too greasy, and the doneness of the fish was just right. These actually came after our meals arrived, and the kind waitress explained that they'd run out, and had actually driven to the store to buy more catfish (wow). Gosh, these were delicious, and I'll be back for more. Catfish sometimes has a muddy taste, but these had a nice, fresh cleanness about them.

I ordered the "two meats combo plate", for $13.99, with "Texas-style brisket", "St Louis Style pork ribs", mac & cheese, and "Texas Beans". The meal comes with a sizable square of cornbread (the sweet kind, for those who quibble about it), with a biscuit available as an alternative.

-The brisket was wonderful - smoky, NOT ultra fatty, and very tender, lacking any sort of sinewy nasties.

-The ribs were very good. Like the brisket, you could definitely tell they were skilfully smoked. I was happy to report that the meat was NOT falling off the bone (I don't know why "falling-off-the-bone" is necessarily a good thing), had a nice background flavor of "Spicy Memphis-style" bbq sauce that didn't overwhelm the meat, and wasn't terribly fatty either.

-Mac and cheese was solid (figuratively. It was literally quite tender).

-Beans were tasty, and lacked the annoying oversweetness of many other baked beans. Robust, meaty taste.

-My DC had the pulled pork. VERY PORKY GOOD TASTE. Easily some of the BEST pulled pork I've ever had. Like the ribs, it seemed relatively lean (i.e., no distinct fat lumps or gristle), and had an INTENSE pork-y flavor that wasn't covered up by sauce. Many times I find p.p. to be too dry, fatty, gristly, and/or sweetened by glop sauce. This stuff was divine.

Overall, an excellent experience considering their newness. Really, the only glitch of the night was a broken credit card machine (no bigs - ATM across the street). The service was sweet and relaxed, and the decor is cute but not over-the-top cheesy.

Give these guys some love; I think you'll all be happily surprised.

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