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The Village Smokehouse

6/10/2007 08:19:00 PM
Before I begin, a brief aside, if I may. Does anyone live in the BU area? Do you know if Choe's Cafe (korean restaurant) in the BU area is still open? I called their number and it's been disconnected. Based on an 8 month old yelp posting (here), it was supposed to reopen in Brookline at the end of May. FYI - it hasn't.

This is a first for the Beantown Bloggery - a restaurant review. I won't be reviewing restaurants for the sake of writing reviews, but when I find what I consider a 'hidden gem' - I'll write to let everyone know.

Tonight's feature is the Village Smokehouse in Brookline Village. Having moved here from Texas seven years ago, I have a special place in my heart for BBQ. I stumbled upon this place while looking for the new site of Choe's Cafe. Needless to say, the new site still has a 'Coming Soon' sign up.

While walking around Brookline Village looking for some other place to eat, my sister and I walked past the Smokehouse and I was immediately attracted to the large poster with the state of Texas plastered in the front window.

The place was packed, but as luck may have it, we got the last open table in the house. We sat down and proceeded to order. A sign of a true bbq place is the roll of paper towel that should be sitting at each and every table. I'm not going to say that it's the best BBQ I've ever had (that title is reserved for a restaurant I went to in Nashville, TN). But, I will say that it's the best BBQ I've ever had in Boston.

We started with the "Smoked Sampler" appetizer ($5.95) which featured 2 wings, 2 shrimp, and 4 slices of brisket. The shrimp were pretty standard. Nothing special, but then again who eats seafood at a BBQ restaurant? The wings were big, tender, and flavorful. The brisket was surprisngly moist. I say surprisingly because there were no traces of fat on the meat. It was lean, but still remarkably moist.

Proceeding to the entrees, I had the Texas Size Beef Ribs ($19.95) and my sister had the Chili Burger w/ Cheese ($8.75). The Beef Ribs were spectacular. The Texas Size featured 4 ribs, all slathered with their homemade BBQ sauce with meat that was falling off the bone. At the risk of sounding repetitive, the only words that I can think of to describe the ribs are "moist" and "tender". Maybe what I need is a nice sit down with a thesaurus. The ribs came with a side of baked beans and 1 choice of side. I had the mashed potatoes. The beans and the potatoes were pretty decent.

But, it wasn't all good. My sister's burger was a bit disappointing - mostly because the chili lacked flavor. The burger itself looked ok, but when topped with a generous portion of mediocre chili, it makes for a disappointing burger overall. Since Tim's closed, the only place I can get a decent burger is the Texas Roadhouse in Everett. But that's a story for another day.

Lastly, we shared a slice of their homemade pecan pie. For those of you that watch How I Met Your Mother, the pie was as Barey would say LEGEN.........wait for it........DARY. Not too sweet like some of those storebought pies you usually get. And it was served warm with a generous dollop of whipped cream on the side. Yum.

In conclusion, I highly recommend the Village Smokehouse for their BBQ. The chicken wings, brisket, and beef ribs were fantastic. And the pie, don't forget the pie. All you carnivores out there, GO GO GO. On the drive home, I was trying to think of an excuse to have a party so that I could order takeout from the Smokehouse and pig out in the comfort of my own home. I haven't thought of one yet.

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1 Response to "The Village Smokehouse"

  1. chelle Said,

    if you ever come to little rock, there is a place called "whole hogs". the guys at work all love going there.

    Posted on 6/11/07, 1:39 AM


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