OK so what do I know about Texas? Fair question. I am not even a BBQ expert by any means. But what I can tell you is that I am eating Sweet Cheeks’ Mac and Cheese for breakfast right now because I can’t resist the leftovers sitting in my fridge. They deserve to be eaten–even at 10am. The food is that good.
We went to this new hot spot in Fenway last night. With a smokey aroma luring in all of Boylston Street and Top Chef runner up, Tiffani Faison, essentially cooking in front of you in the open kitchen, it’s no surprise there was a packed house.
While the place is still experiencing some growing pains (some overwhelmed bartenders and a kitchen in the weeds on a slammed Friday night), the friendly service, the ambiance and most importantly the delicious food will keep me going back for more.
The Eats: The menu is straightforward. None of that overly complicated stuff. You can expect to order anything and everything you really need in terms of BBQ –from pulled pork, pork ribs, short ribs, brisket and pork belly to delicious sides like the aforementioned mac and cheese and baked beans. Recommendations?
- We kicked off the dining experience with fried okra and honey biscuits — a great prelude to the meal. The over-sized biscuits paired with honey butter were perfectly sweet and delicious. The okra was lightly breaded, crispy and not greasy.
- The pulled pork was my favorite, but I also tried the pork belly and short ribs which were impressively flavorful and tender.
- And for sides? The broccoli and cheese casserole was especially rich but still quite yummy. The creamy mac and cheese with breadcrumbs and bbq beans were my favorites.
The meat comes sauce-less, so you can enjoy every bit of the smokey taste. As a condiment lover, I tend to pour on the sauce but it just wasn’t needed! While I added a touch of the table bbq sauce and tad of the hot sauce, I didn’t want to overpower the incredible flavor packed in the meat itself.
The Drinks: Some southern-style stiff drinks are great complements to the meal while the beer list is impressive featuring some of our favorites from around the country (e.g. Abita and Bear Republic).
Get yourself some Q! Pricier than you’re typical BBQ joint (we’re talking $12 for a pulled pork sandwich; plus $6 for 2 sides), but worth every penny. Looking forward to checking this place again in a couple weeks when they smooth out the kinks, and it’s just good food, good booze and good times.
Sweet Cheeks Q is located in the Trilogy building on Boyslton Street (where the old Cambridge 1 was). If you’re going on a weekend, make a reservation because this place will be jammin’.
1381 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02215 | 617.266.1300