908 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA | Directions 0247642.417674 -71.164958
Best in Show BBQ – This is one of my favorite in town takeout places. A slow cooked pit smoked brisket sandwich and some light and tart coleslaw makes a great lunch or solo supper. And try the burnt ends which may sounds like a kitchen failure but are meltingly tender and filled with BBQ flavor.
If you need to feed a hungry crowd they offer family size platters of ribs, chicken and sides like baked beans or mashed potatoes. Thier fresh baked cornbread is so good that although it makes a great addition to dinner, it rarely makes it home! Please excuse the crumbs on the car seat...
With the generous portions, it may be hard to leave room for dessert but the sweet potato pie and pecan pie are worth it.
Great barbecue! – My husband and I love Blue Ribbon. Sometimes we try other places, and we are always disappointed because nothing is as good as Blue Ribbon! We love their burritos and ribs! And the sauce is so good (my mouth is already watering). What a fantastic place! Too bad that the Newton place doesn't have a beer and wine license-a nice cold beer is all that is missing.
good variety, large portions – I'm from the South and they do a good job offering different kinds of barbeque. However, their sides are nothing special and I've had better in the South. Also, they are a little expensive and while they give very large portions, I'd rather get a normal portion and pay less.
Blue Ribbon for Blue Ribbon – I'm new here, and I lived down south for many years, so when I was this place I thought BBQ in MA. It can't be very good. Well I was wrong. This place is excellent. I have been a few times and though I want to try everything on the menu, I have ordered the pulled pork every time because it was so good the last time I went . . . though I have tasted other items off of friends' plates . . . all good . . . delicious tender brisket. Even the slaw is great . . . when a bbq place cares about the slaw, you know that they care about everything. MMM!!!
Great taste of the South – Traditional Southern BBQ places are family operations that are long on great food and a bit short on ambiance. Each one provides a unique experience; the barbeque and sauces are treasured family secrets. Blue Ribbon brings these delightful traditions to the Boston area. The pulled pork barbeque has a wonderful smokey taste and the sauces represent a number of regional tastes (Eastern Carolina, Western North Carolina, South Carolina as a minimum). The only thing missing is true home-brewed sweet tea. If you go there hungry, you will leave satisifed.
Do Not Eat Here!!!! – I ordered the BBQ Rib Sandwich, expecting boneless rib meat pulled from the bone, on a sub roll or something. To my dismay, I received three rib bones, soaked in BBQ sauce, in between two pieces of white Wonder bread! The bread was so soaked in BBQ sauce that it disintegrated instantly. The BBQ sauce tasted like nothing, the baked beans were sour, and the cole slaw was awful as if it had been laying around for 2 weeks. If I wanted ribs with a side of bread, I would have ordered that. But I ordered a Rib Sandwich! This was not a sandwich, and it was tasteless for an authentic BBQ restaurant. I've had better BBQ from McDonald's.....it was called the McRib. This place has much to learn about BBQ food, and food in general, you know the place is lame when they can't get cole slaw right....
Best BBQ in Boston area – Blue Ribbon has the best BBQ in the Boston area as far as I'm concerned. The pulled pork is excellent, the baked beans are the best I've had anywhere, and the sauces are excellent as well. The brisket is quite good as well, and I really like the cornbread. If you want the good stuff, go to Blue Ribbon.
Legit BBQ and the price is right – Exception barbecue, sides, wraps and sandwiches at reasonable prices for generous portions. The barbecue is done just right, and you can choose from a number of sauces that are fantastic. The big green salad with spicy chicken salad is a meal unto itself. Their balsamic vinegar dressing is just fantastic, one of the best I've found. They ought to bottle it up and sell it. Wraps, burritos, side platters and dry rubbed ribs are all things that I've had here, and they have all been top shelf.
All aboard for a whistle-stop tour of Southern barbecue cuisines, all without leaving Arlington. – The Scene
Families and young professionals come from far and wide to dig into heaping pulled pork platters and imposing slabs of ribs, amid a southern roadside environment (counter service only). Lunch and dinner hours yield vastly different atmospheres: Noontime visitors enjoy a quiet, relaxed environment and rarely have a problem nabbing an open seat (there are only 12), while most nights bring standing-room-only crowds, forcing larger groups to skip the wait for a seat and take their meals to go.
Order an assortment of the Ribbon's slow-cooked meats to take a culinary tour of Southern barbecue styles--there's flavorful North Carolina pulled pork, moist Texas brisket, meaty Memphis dry-rubbed ribs, and smoky Kansas City burnt ends. Each platter comes with a choice of sides (maple roasted sweet potatoes and creamy mac-and-cheese are among the top options). Leave room for a slice of delectable, homemade sweet potato pie for dessert.
BBQ done right! – Like their sign says - Get In Here and Eat!
Bar-B-Que does not get much better than this. Highly recommend their sandwiches for a spectacular and very satisfying value. Great staff, never a long wait despite the occasional line. Their homemade BBQ and hot sauces make a great accompaniment, and be sure to try out as many sides as you can. Get in there!
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