so i'm not the board's fanciest eater. Small uncle pete's update... learned last night (first Saturday after a Globe story the prior thurs Pete said, so it was packed with newcomers) that you can call ahead to put your name on the wait-list, if yer expecting a mob. I never waited in line at Eastie. Last night we arrived to find about 4 parties ahead of us, and then a few others popped in and shoved ahead because they'd called on the way.
I will probably phone ahead in the future if it seems like it could be a busy night. Also, like every other restaurant on that strip and route 1, the parking lot doesn't hold as many cars as the restaurant holds people who came by car. My friend stashed his car somewhere nearby,but i don't know the details and advise caution...
One request to those who do likewise by calling ahead to be waitlisted, please please don't be rude and shove through the crowd like you own the place once you're there, especially if you're dripping rain off your precious yellow raincoat, and then please don't stand in the very tight cross traffic between the entry corral, the counter and the kitchen, demanding your table Right Now because you Phoned Ahead. We don't care. They can't kick people from their tables. It's rude, and unfair, and if you act like that, you're there for yuppie kitsch value or something instead of the food. go to Arby's instead. K?
The food was right at par with the old location. Service was a bit hectic but not noticeably show or harried. They're just dealing with more tables than before. There's a sort of manager toward the front now helping to run traffic and I'm sure that helps.
Most of all, I am still impressed with not only how great this BBQ is (and yes there is other great BBQ, but Pete's is one sincere kinda BBQ when the local BBQ house tradition veers toward gruff or indifferent service and arrogance justified by self-assigned "excellence" of the food). That didn't happen at Pete's in Eastie. It doesn't happen at the new location in Revere. I hope they stay packed every weekend night, they're good people and eating at Pete's always leaves my friends and me feeling good on the way there, and even better on the way out. I can't say that about very many restaurants. Uncle Pete's should be on every bbq dining rotation.
Traffic was lighter and there were tables open around 9 when we departed...