Bluebird Barbecue
Bluebird Barbecue

Bluebird Barbecue

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://bluebirdbbq.com/
  • Phone: 8024483070x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Tuesady - Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Barbecue
  • Executive Chef: Matt Corrente
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: We happily take Bluebird Barbecue on the road for your special event or corporate catering needs! For our catered events we bring our mobile smoker, creating that authentic smoked meat feel in any location. For more information regarding our catering program please connect with Tara our event coordinator.
  • Private Party Facilities: We happily book our 'Rec Room' for private parties for up to 30 guests for both seated dinners as well as cocktail parties. Other areas of the restaurant are also available for larger groups. Please connect with our event coordinator for more information: events@bluebirdvermont.com or ring 802-825-1006
  • Private Party Contact: events@bluebirdvermont.com 8028251006x
  • Entertainment: With nine beers on tap, wine on draft, and a full bar featuring a wide selection of tequila and bourbon Bluebird Barbecue is a great spot for a fun night out. Our large bar and "Rec Room' areas have been outfitted with flat screen TV's, making Bluebird Barbecue the perfect spot to catch the game. The Bluebird Barbecue 'Rec Room' also offers two shuffle puck tables as well as fooseball.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Bluebird Barbecue is serviced by bus by Burlington's CCTA transit system using the Riverside/Winooski route.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Bluebird Barbecue is flanked by two large parking lots located directly off of Riverside Avenue in Burlington.
A word from Bluebird Barbecue
Thank you for checking out Bluebird Barbecue where we celebrate American Regional Barbecue with a Vermont twist! Our all natural meats are slow smoked on premises in our 1.5 ton Souther Pride Smoker and are paired with traditional barbecue sauces and sides made from scratch. Relax, unwind, and enjoy southern style barbecue in one of our many dining rooms that can accommodate groups of all sizes. Our menu offers large "family style" platters perfect for group gatherings. During the summer months dine out on our screened, enclosed porch with Winooski River views. Our entire barbecue menu is also available for take-out.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Bluebird Barbecue reviews from OpenTable diners
60 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (30)neighborhood gem (28)kid-friendly (22)great for outdoor dining (21)fit for foodies (20)scenic view (12)hot spot (12)special occasion (10)great for lunch (8)late-night find (5)vibrant bar scene (5)great for brunch (3)romantic (3)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Never disappointed
    middkid
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I've been to Bluebird BBQ several times and enjoy trying something different each time! The meat is tender and tasty and the many side options are really the unsung stars! I'd most recommend the burnt ends. Also, the wings are really flavorful if you're a wing fan! My only complaint is I didn't have any room for dessert!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Burlingtoner802
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    One of the best restaurants in town!!!! I would highly recommend it to anyone who is local or visiting!!!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service gap
    kingdomdiner
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    While the food was great, we were tucked away in a corner and basically forgotten--a wonderful waitress finally came to our rescue. We were not made aware of the specials which I think we would have enjoyed. We drove across the state to experience the Bluebird, I don't think we were disappointed but there certainly was a gap in service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good
    Rahenson1
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I am from Texas and saw the place reviewed as one of America's best places for barbecue. Though it is good and quite possibly (I have not eaten any other barbecue in Vermont) the best in Vermont it is not as highly rated as I might have thought. The brisket was good. The cornbread was ok but not worth the price. My wife said the chicken was not too dry and she liked it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yum
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We sat on the outdoor patio overlooking the river, drank Hill Farmstead, and ate BBQ. It was awesome. Plenty of space for a 1 and 4 year to run around too. We fed 4 adults with the platter for 2 with two add ons.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really great place
    Motorcycle
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The service was terrific, the food delicious and the manager checking on our meal and service a thoughtful touch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinner for two
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    we had a great dinner tacos and pulled pork great waiter
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • finger licking good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I know it's a cliche, but that is how we ended our dinner at Blue Bird. So many yummy sauces on everything.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding Hipster Barbecue
    subguy658
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Had a great experience at the Bluebird. We made reservations for a Wednesday night and I am very glad we did because they happened to be supporting a local charity by giving them 10% of the night's profits and scads of people came to support. We ordered their half chicken and half rack of BB ribs. Both dishes were outstanding, although the ribs were just starting to dry out. The half-chicken was a little small but this was good because we were stuffed anyway. The sides were also outstanding. The pit beans are so thick you can stand a knife up in them. The fries and onion rings were delicious. The server recommended a great double IPA, the Alchemists Heady Topper - local super-favorite. Parking is limited, bring a small car!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First Timers
    bigskybaby
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I heard good things about this place. I ordered the 3 tacos, and chose the brisket, shrimp, and carnitas (pork). The brisket and shrimp were wonderful. The pork was a bit bland, but I just added one of the 3 yummy BBQ sauces on the table. The pit beans were a bit spicy and very tasty, and the guacamole was good. The food is very filling, and I ended up with some to take home. My only complaint is the noise level. It was hard to hear anyone sitting at the table with me. We were inside, so maybe the porch is better? The service was excellent. They answered all our questions about the menu, and the food came out fast. All in all, I would highly recommend the Blue Bird BBQ, and I will be back to try other menu items.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lpeteVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We tried the BBQ for 2: pulled pork, brisket & ribs for the 3 meats & coleslaw, fries, mac & cheese, & pickles for the 4 sides. We loved the pulled pork, coleslaw & pickles. The beer selection is good. The portions were large; we brought home leftovers. Service was good even with a large party in our area. The manager came around to thank guests for coming.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just okay, not what I expected
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    No change to building, dark and dirty Not a true BBQ experience. Food was okay. No flavor to want to come back for. Upon arrival, only 1 person to seat you and she had to set up the table for them, left you waiting too long. Waitress was the best part of the experience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great BBQ
    Louisianaladyvt
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    A wonderful find! I was suprised by the wonderful ambiance and food portions. Absolutely delicious! Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great, authentic "Q"
    Jbusheyvt
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    This is the second time I have eaten here and it has been phenomenal each time. My wife and I split the BBQ for 2 special which was $10 off (early bird 4:30-6 pm). Half rack of ribs, generous helping of pulled pork and burnt ends and 4 sides. We got the Mac and cheese, pit beans, pickles and coleslaw. Everything including the sides were top notch. We washed it down with a heady topper and a citizen cider, followed by the brownie dessert. This set us back $55 before tip with plenty of leftovers. Very reasonable and very good! Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bestest BBQ in Burlington!
    Yummers
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The BBQ here is amazing. The chicken wings were juicy and crisp. Pulled pork was succulent and delicious. The fries with the aioli mayo are out of this world. The brisket could have been better. It was slightly tough. But the ribs and the pulled pork were amazing.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • amazing food
    nomnomfood
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    We were seated promptly after arriving. The staff was helpful with questions and provided a sample of a drink I wasn't sure about. We started off with the pulled pork poutine, which is consistently good. I ordered the half bird with potato salad and onion rings. All were good. I was happily surprised to see heady topper on the list of drinks.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best wings ever!
    BBQFan05408
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    If the family wants wings then I usually just go along with it BUT at Bluebird BBQ it was at my suggestion that we ordered more!!!!! All of the food was delicious!!!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pretty BarBQ, not great service
    Dtich
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    our group had most of the barBQ items available. of those the ribs were far and away the best of the offerings. the pulled pork was pretty good as was the sausage. the brisket was pretty dry, which is not unusual for Brisket if it isnt done exactly right or if it has been left to sit for a bit since taken off the smoker. All in all for BarBQ north of the mason dixon line it wasnt bad. Guac very good. The service was not very attentive; nice, but they didnt come around very often. Servings were pretty large, half portions of everything would have been a good option since I think everyone didnt finish even half of their plates.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best BBQ in Burlington
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    I have enjoyed eating at the Bluebird since they opened. The BBQ has always been and continues to be great. They've started offering burnt ends and they are mighty tasty! If you're not familiar with them, they're the "left-over" ends of beef briskets re-smoked for a deep flavor. We've got to make it for Thursday fried chicken night!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Good and the Bad
    food4evr
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Mixed feelings from my party. The burnt ends were not received well, nor were the greens with ham. The pulled pork, ribs, and beans were great. The mac n' cheese was off the chain--super thick and super tasty!! BBQ beets appetizer was misleading, really just a salad with a couple beats. Overall, food was good, service a little better, and ambience perfect for BBQ.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    CHUCKSTER
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The waitress forgot my drink order. The food was not hot. The food was served on a try with paper on it which when I cut my meat ended up on my fork with the meat. The fries were over cooked and stale. The ribs were difficult to cut apart and there was not much meat on the bone. The ambience was left over from the original Mexican restaurant - dark and dingy.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good BBQ for Vermont
    BTVNative
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    You won't be calling your friends in TX boasting but it's not bad.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice!
    CaitZ
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Really nice vegan options! Something for everybody. Great take on BBQ
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 37 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 138 reviews are from the Bluebird Barbecue reviews archive.
  • Maple Barbeque Sauce
    Hoosier
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    We had 4 adults and 2 small children and had the Family Reunion. It was a great choice and economical. We had plenty of food and even took home leftovers. The staff was very nice and let us make substitutions to fit our tastes and accommodate the children. We were able to have ribs, pulled pork. brisket, delicious sausage and chicken and 9 sides! We had multiple sauces but loved the maple barbeque sauce. I live in Indiana and I'm wishing I could find a bottle here.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • How do you run out of ribs?
    bikerbabeVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    We went on Friday night, not at closing time but at 8pm. Well after we were seating and had already ordered a cocktail we were informed that they had run out of ribs. This is probably something they should have told us prior to being seated. To make matters worse after we ordered the waitress (who by the way didn't come around much) informed us the 2 sides we had ordered were also no longer available. We made our reservation well in advance so I find it odd they were not prepared for our party to dine on some of their highest rated items. You would think they would have brought us some cornbread on the house or pickles or something to make up for it. But, they didn't. This is a "one and done" for me.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great barbecue
    Mikek
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Really great ribs and sides everything was great better than redbones if in the area a must have.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • go early
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    we arrived at 9 o'clock and they were out of several options. The Maple corn bread should be listed as cornbread with maple butter I could not taste maple in the cornbread itself. Overall very attentive staff, good food, but the tables were a little close together.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I would not run back
    luvfood26
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We ate here on a Saturday night but it was not crazy busy, yet our server did not appear for quite a while. After we ordered, our food did not appear for quite a while and arrived COLD. I had the tacos, which seemed to have been "thrown" together and again, cold. My dining companions enjoyed their pulled pork but alas it too was COLD. If someone else is picking up the tab I might return to give it another try.
    Special Features:
    Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner
    Shohre
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    The food was good but it took 55 minutes from the time we ordered to the time we got any food. The side dishes were all cold. The waitress was I guess too busy to pay any attention or apologies for the lengthy wait to get food even though we had a 4 year old with us.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good barbecue
    Bruce
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Food was as expected, well prepared, somewhat distinct, very enjoyable. Unfortunately, by 7:30 on a Friday night, they had already run out of two of the seven main entrees. The music in restaurants main room was unacceptably loud - we could not hold a table-wide conversation. Worse, some patrons near us seemed to revert to childlike behavior, raising noise levels to unacceptable levels. We asked them to please try and keep it under control, just so we could converse. Very difficult situation. Would not sit in the same room again, ever. Wait staff was ok, nothing more.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Barbeque Heaven
    HiexpextationsVIP
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    This was my second visit to Bluebird Barbeque. We were a group of 5 and we tried a lot of what was on the menu. The selection of three soft tacos was delicious, I had the shrimp taco, sweet potato taco and the the brisket, they were all delicious. It was served with rice and beans - the beans were spectacular. Two of our party had pulled pork and it was also delicious as were the ribs. The side orders were also good, the cole slaw and corn bread. Worth a special trip to Burlington to eat there.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Roadhouse.
    Esby
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    The ribs are the star. Hostess and waitstaff were great, friendly, helpful, and helped make the night so fun. The entrees were the best, but sides were typically Burlington. Kale instead of collards, maple syrup in the sweet potato mash? They were sweet! Bread was, a slice of white bread. Excited to see hush puppies!! Turned out they were rolled in sugar and were for dessert. Decibel level in the room we were in was off the charts, but people were having fun, and it's a roadhouse not fine dining! Prices were reasonable especially if you get the barbecue for two or the family reunion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and beer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Went here on suggestion from a friend and ordered the BBQ for 2. They also had Hill Farmstead and Heady Topper for beer. We couldn't have been happier with everything. It was great. We've been telling everyone and will definitely go next time we are in town. Decent value for the money too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Family Reunion Menu Item Good Choic
    Shelburnite
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Our family of 4 enjoyed the sides and had enough left- over delicious meats to savor the next day for lunch and snacks. It was a great choice as we enjoyed all the different sauces and sides they have to offer. Good, pleasant service, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great bbq. Please fix sides.
    luvporkfat
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Great bbq. Please fix sides. Fried sides ok but mac n cheese is inedible.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, poor service
    Robert
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Overall our experience was "okay". Nothing remarkable except the very slow service. I have enjoyed real southern BBQ all over the south. Unfortunately, this isn't it. However, we are in the Northeast, so my expectations were set accordingly, and Bluebird met those expectations; a reasonable attempt at real BBQ. Over-salted, overly-dry meat, weal sweet tea and you get what us native Vermonters "think" is southern BBQ (folks, it isn't even close). Aside from the food, service was really slow. Drink and water glasses were empty for too long, dirty dishes piled up on the table, and our waitress was rarely seen; until it was time to pay the bill. The restaurant failed to "wow", and for that reason we will not likely return anytime soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not quite as good the 2nd time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    We first went to Bluebird BBQ last summer and it was great. Good service, great food. This time it seemed to have lost a little bit of its lustre. No hush puppies on the regular menu (only dessert hush puppies) which seems an odd choice for a BBQ restaurant - especially since they were highly recommended last time and delicious. The service was fair - our waitress seemed bored. She challenged a member of our party when they told her that their order was incorrect. I would continue to recommend Bluebird BBQ because the food is very good. Maybe this was just an off night for them? But, do bring back the hush puppies please!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good flavor
    Vtpete
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    The BBQ is flavorful. My son and husband really loved the beans. As a vegetarian, I ordered the seitan. It came as a sandwich which was cold. I would not normally patronize a BBQ restaurant, we were there to celebrate my son's birthday. I doubt my husband and I will rush back as there are so many wonderful restaurants in the BTV area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awesome bbq
    eric
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    amazing bbw - I'm not from the south, so can't compare, but the offerings here are pretty tasty, and plentiful! Family platter is an awesome takeout option. Their "starter" poutine platter w/ pulled pork may just about kill you, but it might almost be worth it. Definitely something to share with a group. their "game "room" is a great spot to keep kids busy if you have a wait for your table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good but price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    The food was good, and the service was great but very $$$$ for dinner for 2.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic