Blue Ribbon Bar-B-Q
Smoking the competion in Arlington
On the Cheap by Theresa Regli
The original Blue Ribbon Bar-B-Q, located at 1375 Washington Street, in
West Newton, was voted one of the best barbecue joints in Boston by the more
than 2000 munchers of the 1998 Zagat survey, beating out both the venerable
Redbones of Somerville and Jake's Boss BBQ of Jamaica Plain. Capitalizing on
its success, Blue Ribbon has branched out, recently opening a second dineresque
eatery and takeout counter in Arlington.
You can buy the tender, slow-cooked, pit-smoked meats (which include pulled
pork, burnt ends, beef brisket, pulled chicken, and hot sausage) three ways:
sandwich, platter, and "bulk." Sandwiches ($4.75 to $4.95) come with
thick-sauced baked beans, mild coleslaw, and homemade spicy pickles. Platters
($6.95 to $9.95) are better suited for dinner: your selection of meat comes
with two sides (go for the fresh green beans or the wonderfully lumpy mashed
potatoes) and a big square chunk of slightly moist corn bread. Bulk portions
(from $8.95 for a pint of smoked sausage to $17.95 for a full slab of ribs) are
perfect for a party where carnivores are in the majority.
Blue Ribbon Bar-B-Q No. 2, located at 908 Mass Ave, in Arlington, is open
Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., and on Sunday from noon to 8
p.m. Call (781) 648-RIBS.
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