Tag: Barbecue

Bobby Q’s opens in Norwalk

Bobby Q’s opens in Norwalk

TablesBobby Q’s barbecue restaurant, now called “Bobby Q’s Cue and Co,” opened this fall in Norwalk after a year-long drought while they moved from Westport to Norwalk. The space is much larger and even on an (early) Saturday evening, there were plenty of tables. And there were still tables when we left. Despite early rumors of slow service, we found the service excellent, friendly and attentive.

The menu is built around barbecue: ribs, brisket, chicken and sausage, although they have burgers, salmon, skirt steak, and shrimp and grits as well as appetizers, salads and flat bread.

nachosWe started by sharing their classic BBQ Nachos ($11), an outstanding mixture of tortilla chips, pulled pork, jack and cheddar cheese. For $3 more you can add beans, sour cream, guacamole and pickled jalapenos. We got the non-adorned version and found it outstanding and way more than 2 could eat as an appetizer. The pork was plentiful and tender and there was substantial melted cheese as well.

For our main courses we each got a half rack of Baby Back Ribs served on a platter with beans and slaw ($19). Even the beans had pieces of pork in them!  And for variety we got one order of truly excellent French fries for just $4. The fries were hot and fresh, with plenty of potatoey flavor.

Peanut butter smoresAnd for dessert, we split the Peanut Butter Cup S’Mores ($8), which turned out to be melted peanut butter cups in a cast iron pan, topped with browned small marshmallows, and served with graham crackers and pretzels for dipping.  This may be a bit corny, but it was really delicious.

As to the ribs themselves, they were baby back that were baked and sauced, but not actually barbecued. This is probably why they were so tough. The ribs were not separated, but served with a giant steak knife you could use to separate them. This was no easy maneuver: they were not tender and even hacking off some pork was difficult. Apparently, you are supposed to know that the St Louis Ribs (which are not available on a platter) are the real barbecued ones. Remember that.

burnt endsThe owner came by to see how we were doing, and while we praised everything else, we told him the ribs were really tough.  He immediately offered to replace them with new ones, but we decided that statistically speaking if two were tough, the next two would be too. Instead, we ordered and shared a plate of Beef Burnt Ends, which were tender and delicious. They are, however, only available in limited quantities. But let me emphasize that the owner did not charge us for either the ribs or the burnt ends, which is an outstanding way to build your customer base.

But looking back through Yelp reviews, this seems to be a recurring problem. We recommend you consider the St Louis ribs or the burnt ends instead.

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Atlas BBQ and Fish: best barbecue on the island

Atlas BBQ and Fish: best barbecue on the island

Atlas Barbecue and Fish
Atlas Barbecue and Fish

Atlas BBQ and Fish opened in late June on Pleasant St, and thus missed being in this year’s island restaurant guides. However, when people heard that it had the same proprietors (Brandt and Gabrielle Gould) as the late, lamented Cambridge Street, customers began to come anyway. And it is safe to say that this new establishment offers the island’s best barbecue in somewhat fancier surroundings than their first restaurant.

Table setting
Table setting

Atlas BBQ and Fish has just a small sign and is easy to miss, but it is right next to the Island Pharmacy and across the street from the side entrance to the new Stop and Shop building. There is parking in front and alongside the building.

Like most barbecues, you can easily order a lot more food that you can eat. They offer a platter with brisket, ribs and pulled pork for $30, but you won’t be able to finish it all. You are better off ordering one of their seafood appetizers and one of the pork dishes.

Lobster salad
Lobster salad

We ordered a delicious lobster salad with orange, pineapple and lemon and Bibb lettuce ($20). The fruit flavors went very well with the lobster and overall it was quite successful.

Pork bellyWe were determined to have the pork belly ($16), but worried that it might be too similar to the ribs, but it was quite different. The sauce was made from honey and pineapple, and served with grilled pineapple and was excellent.

Soked Wet Sauced barbecued ribs
Soked Wet Sauced barbecued ribs

We both ordered the Smoked, then Wet Sauced Barbecued Ribs ($26), which were served with a cheese biscuit, Napa slaw, Red Beans and Rice, and half a grilled banana. These were the tenderest ribs we’ve had on the island, and probably anywhere and we’ll be sure to come back just to have them again.

Tender ribs cut open
Tender ribs cut open

Our bill for 2, with 2 drinks and tax but before tip was $115.

We can’t say enough good things about the food at Atlas: the ribs are simply excellent. They also offer Branzino, Swordfish and Red Snapper, but we’ll probably continue to go for the barbecue.

Our only real suggestion is that they provide a “boneyard” discard plate.

wipe pillThe finishing touch is a clever little pill that you drop into a cup of warm water and it expands into a wet wipe. That was a fun ending to the meal!

 

Smoked Wet Sauced barbecued ribs
Smoked Wet Sauced barbecued ribs