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2019/07/20 09:00:00 (permalink)

A Crappy Review, or a Crappy Reviewer?

Yesterday, a "reviewer" posted about a local BBQ place in my local daily paper. The restaurant (nameless here, although it has been posted about on this site), got high praise for the decorations, but faint praise for the food.
 
I have not been there in about 6 months, so I can't comment on what the food is today, but I thought that the snarky comment about the brisket was uncalled for. The brisket was too lean, and served without the sauce, (customers add it themselves). The reviewer said that the style preferred in New England is no where near as good as the better brisket served in other parts of the country. That may be true, but IMO, serving what your customers want is an accepted method of staying in business.
 
I hear that there are a lot of good reviewers looking for a paid gig. I think that the paper should hire one.
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Re: A Crappy Review, or a Crappy Reviewer? 2019/07/20 09:37:58 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby ChiBears15 2019/07/20 09:38:31
I didn’t know there was a New England style of brisket.
What does it entail?
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Re: A Crappy Review, or a Crappy Reviewer? 2019/07/20 10:00:18 (permalink)
1bbqboy
I didn’t know there was a New England style of brisket.
What does it entail?



Boiling?
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Re: A Crappy Review, or a Crappy Reviewer? 2019/07/20 10:06:17 (permalink)
Yes.  Boiling is New England style.  I prefer mine braised in the oven.
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Re: A Crappy Review, or a Crappy Reviewer? 2019/07/20 10:41:10 (permalink)
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1bbqboy
I didn’t know there was a New England style of brisket.
What does it entail?



Boiling?

I’m glad you made that joke and not me!
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Re: A Crappy Review, or a Crappy Reviewer? 2019/07/20 12:19:13 (permalink)

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Re: A Crappy Review, or a Crappy Reviewer? 2019/07/20 17:08:39 (permalink)
Entrails? Did someone mention entrails?
 
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Re: A Crappy Review, or a Crappy Reviewer? 2019/07/20 19:20:55 (permalink)
We in New England, so they say, prefer brisket without a heavy layer of fat.  I just cut off the fat if I think that there is too much. I've had sauce on the sides in other parts of the country too. Yesterday, we ate at Smoke Stack (Green Street, Worcester, Mass). They, too, serve a fairly lean brisket, with store made sauces on the side. They smoke for 12 to 14 hours at the side of the restaurant building. Being right next to Table Talk pies, the largest pie baker in the country, it makes for some interesting smells. 
 
As an aside, the building was one of 2 Green Street locations that once housed the former Sir Morgan's Cove. The Cove was small, never famous, and had only a local following, but for one glorious night, The Rolling Stones was the house band.  I don't remember which of the 2 buildings the Stones played in. I wasn't there.
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Re: A Crappy Review, or a Crappy Reviewer? 2019/07/20 20:04:38 (permalink)
So to summarize, New England style means they get rid of the thing that makes it tasty. Just like history.
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Re: A Crappy Review, or a Crappy Reviewer? 2019/07/21 11:41:23 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby tmiles 2019/08/21 09:38:26
One of my favorite BBQ'ers recently relocated to your area, 1bbqboy. https://www.facebook.com/pg/BigmistaCatering/posts/?ref=page_internal
 
I met Neil "bigmista" Strawder at several BBQ events years ago, and went constantly to the restaurant he opened later on. Now he's moved to Medford where he does catering. If you want great brisket I'm sure he can hook you up!
 

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