Happy Independence Day everyone! I can't think of anything more American to discuss today than BBQ.
I recently visited Sweet Cheeks Q, self-described as, "the American south north of the Mason Dixon."
Sweet Cheeks Q is helmed by Tiffani Faison, the fiery red head who rose to stardom on the first season of BRAVO's "Top Chef." Post-show, she ran the kitchen at Rocca right here in Boston (now closed). When Rocca shut its doors, Faison decided it was time to run her own place.
Chef Tiffani's baby is located on Boylston Street behind Fenway Park, in the space formerly occupied by Cambridge 1.
Next to me, a friend ordered the pineapple lush cocktail, also served in a mason jar. She said, "It's not overly sweet, yet I feel like I'm on a tropical vacation with every sip."
The biscuits arrived in a paper lined tin can with a small glass jar of butter.
At Sweet Cheeks Q you can basically make your own custom plate, combining BBQ choices with a plethora of side dishes. Next to me, a friend ordered ribs with sides of potato salad and carrot and raisin salad.
Across the table, two friends decided to share a platter. They went with pulled chicken, the heirloom BBQ beans and the carrot and raisin salad. Unable to skip the ribs, they ordered two individual ribs (Sweet Cheeks Q calls them "onesies") on the side.
Back on our side of the table, I was sharing a smorgasbord of grub with my fellow vegetarian. When we picked this restaurant for our group dinner, everyone was afraid we veggies wouldn't have enough to eat. Honestly, we had the best meal at the table. Hands down.
We started with what Sweet Cheeks Q calls the lunch lady platter. It's basically a plate with four sides. We chose the macaroni and cheese, the broccoli casserole, the potato salad and the farm salad. Both the mac and cheese and the casserole were served in mugs, the type you take on camping trips.
We received a heaping scoop of potato salad which had a tangy mustard sauce. The farm salad, topped with Brussels sprouts, was another favorite. Alongside all the other heavy food, its freshness really stood out.
We also ordered a side of fried green tomatoes. The tomato slices were enormous! These were expertly fried and crisped and made even better when dunked into the spicy dipping sauce.
Thankfully, our waitress was kind enough to box up each and every side dish for us. She even labeled all the cartons!
If you're looking for a new BBQ joint or just to change up your Red Sox routine, pull up a stool at Sweet Cheeks Q.
Have you ever been? What's your favorite item on the menu?