Bluebird Barbecue
Bluebird Barbecue

Bluebird Barbecue

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://bluebirdbbq.com/
  • Phone: (802) 448-3070
  • 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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Bluebird Barbecue reviews from OpenTable diners
65 reviews since July 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (37)fit for foodies (28)kid-friendly (27)neighborhood gem (26)hot spot (18)great for outdoor dining (15)special occasion (13)great for lunch (11)scenic view (9)vibrant bar scene (6)late-night find (4)romantic (2)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • top notch bar -b que
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We recently ate at the blue bird bar-b-que Overall, We loved the food and beer/wine menu. Decor is fine nothing special Service very good The manager came to check on us during our meal Recommend the fried brussel sprouts as a side or appetizer the SMOKED SAUSAGE CAMP BREAD while sounding great didn't quite pull it off as the bread was a bit dry
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jvr211
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    It took a rather long time for our food to arrive after ordering at Bluebird Barbecue, but everything that we tried was outstanding. Our group particularly enjoyed the brisket and the ribs - highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious as always
    Kathy
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    I love this place. The service is excellent, the atmosphere is cozy, I love the shuffleboard table and the BBQ is amazing. I am from a a BBQ state and know my way around BBQ. This place is legit. I can't understand why it isn't packed because the prices are reasonable too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Things changed in a month
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Maybe it was just and off night for you guys......We made these reservations for your anniversary having been to Blue Bird BBQ before and loving it. Not sure what happened in the last month, but the quality of service and food has drastically gone down. The menu was changed to take away the only vegetarian option, then when ordered by request, the quality and amount of the seitan was completely different than the last time we were there. The ribs were dry, the Mac&cheese that we looked forward to on the way to the restaurant had no cheese & no taste. We did not get our food for an hour and half, we were timing it after a while and thinking how much longer should we wait before leaving. We were both really surprised and disappointed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyable Meal overall
    Beth
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    It was our 2nd time there. Eating in is better than take out. First time we tried, it was take out, and a bit dissapointed, got the BBQ for 2, and the Early Bird special didn't specifiy that it was a "sit in" special. I don't think it is worth the cost, 3 x's 1/2 portion of meat=1.5 to share and 4 (1 person) sides for $40 versus getting 2 meals with 2 full meat portions and same amount of sides, can coming in max at $36 See the vaule. Better off getting 2 meals. Beef ribs new on menu on Saturday for $20, by Wed it was $30, kinda scared us from trying. We liked the flavors, they are very good smoked meats. A chopped Brisket sandwich would be a nice option to see though. We would go back, it was a good experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A craving for barbecue
    VTDEIT
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Bluebird satisfied my desire. I had the brisket, very tender and generous portion. Good sides. Excellent beer and cocktail menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as before:(
    Lovermont
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We've been here many times for regular dining as well as special occasions such as our first date night after having our daughter. However, they changed the Mac n cheese :(. Sadly this was normally the highlight of the meal for us and during this visit it was a major let down to discover the change. I still love the BBQ itself but, with the change, we will probably stay away for a while with the hopes that with time they will change it back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food at a Cost
    Jrnolan
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The food was great. I had the 15 hour smoked brisket with smashed sweets, and French fries. I also had the walnut pie for dessert. I feel that the portion sizes were small and the price was high, would recommend for a special occasion but would be too expensive to go regularly.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun Family night!
    ChilmarkGirl
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Visiting our son at UVM, wanted to take him somewhere FUN!!! Bluebird Barbecue filled the bill. We had never been before. Great service, fun menu really good food. Great beer list, I had to get beer they only have one white wine from a local winery and it is very sweet. Our server brought me a taste, I immediately ordered beer! We will be back, I just would love to see more wine choices on the menu.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Brisket was very fatty...could not really eat it. Sides were good.
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing...twice.
    Gatorgirl
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Service was painfully slow. Waiter seemed oblivious to it, but he CLEARLY was in the weeds. Brisket was less than ok (so dry it NEEDED sauce). Pulled pork was ok and portions were inconsistent (2 of us ordered same thing and one portion was half the other). Roast chicken was good (fortunately asked server to put one aside when we ordered beverages because they ran out before he came back to get our order). Can't imagine running out at 7:00, though. Poor planning on the kitchen's part. This was our second visit, first time was ok, thought we'd give it another try hoping for great, didn't get it. We love Barbeque, but will wait until we travel south where it's done right.
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  • Great Concept
    Sarah205VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    It seems as though it was going to be a great dinner. Place was packed, and people were waiting. The beer options were great; however, the food did not meet expect ions. The food was overly extremely salty, and it basically ruined the food. Portions were relatively small for a BBQ place and the cost of the meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One hour wait
    Philly73
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    My brother has ALS. We made the reservation for 6PM. He only has so much strength at the end of the day, and being served after 7PM was exhausting for him. I booked Bluebird purposely because he loves ribs and I wanted everything to be perfect. Sorry but the long wait just killed the dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    JanVT
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We have been to many BBQ restaurants in our travels. Bluebird ranks amongst the best! Prices are fine, and in fact if you go on Sunday or Monday, they discount the dinners for 2 by $10.00. SO much food we had to bring home leftovers enough for a 2nd. night's dinner. Will definitely place Bluebird at the top of our list for future visits. Oh, and our waiter, THE BEST!! He was friendly, helpful and had a great sense of humor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kickback spot, great food
    localfoodie
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Great spot, comfortable, friendly staff, fun vibe, enough variety of food for everyone and it was delicious. Loud enough for groups but fun for just two. Would go back for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not spectacular
    InvisibleRes
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Somehow this restaurant got rated as phenomenal. Maybe it is for people that have never tasted BBQ. I think it was just okay. I think the restaurant is making a mistake by serving a platter of food for more than one person - and it LOOKS like it is for one person. Also, we upgraded to some type of beef tip - without the understanding that this meant there was less of the other food that the menu promised. I did like the fish tacos. One very unusual observation: We had reservations but the people that walked in in front of us were turned away with the statement from the hostess saying there was a two hour wait. We had a number of empty tables around us while we ate. Weird.
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  • Awesome, as always!
    Chase
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Celebrated my dad's birthday here after he requested to do so. Had NYE dinner at Bluebird BBQ, had an awesome time then. And an awesome time this visit. My parents are from NJ and rave about it and recommend it to anyone coming up our way. My mom is from TX and says this is the best BBQ she's had on the east coast and tastes like home. Luna was our server and was AWESOME! She was very attentive, and super upbeat! Love our experiences here!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was not up to par.
    aang
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    When we first discovered blue bird bbq, we fell in love. Food was authentic and delicious and service was great. The last few times we have gone, however it seemed to go downhill food wise. When we went this friday the ribs were extremely dry, you could almost call it jerky, and the brisket was good but did not seem fresh. Overall we left disappointed and might not go again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Disappointing after what I had heard. Nothing fantastic from the food to the service. The brisket was tough and fatty and the mac and cheese was pasty.
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Best BBQ in the Northeast
    Omarocks
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Best BBQ in the Northeast. Hard to find really good BBQ in Vermont, but Bluebird has it. Beautifully smoked meat, great sides. They've added their own touches to make their dishes feel local and out of the ordinary while keeping true to their BBQ theme. Selection of 24 craft beers tops it off. Eat in the back room and enjoy the view.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good beer, great barbecue!
    LehighValleyfoodie
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We had a great dinner here on a Friday night. My husband had just one beer but it was his favorite, Heady Topper made locally and unavailable where we live. He was impressed with the list of beers on tap. Two of us had the pulled pork and my husband had the brisket. Both were delicious. The french fries were outstanding and the garlic aioli sauce made for a yummy topper instead of ketchup. I'd like to go back and try more!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love the Bluebird Barbecue!
    beasty4brisket
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We have been dining at the Bluebird Barbecue ever since it opened, and we have yet to be disappointed with the experience. The food is exceptional and the ambience is most excellent. The only real complaint I might profess is how difficult it is to get a seat at the restaurant on occasions. The seats really do fill up quickly; thus, it is quite necessary to secure a reservation.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy!
    Pamela
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    As always a great meal with plenty left to take home for leftovers! I feel this is the best bbq in the Burlington area!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great food
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our food here. We stopped in as we just needed a quick place to eat, but we certainly were happy with out choice. The BBQ pork is fantastic.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Ribs
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We got there in time for the early bird special (before 6). It's a real deal, with plenty of leftovers for the next day. Ribs are excellent with a unique sauce. Do get some extra sauce to take home with your leftovers!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 33 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 154 reviews are from the Bluebird Barbecue reviews archive.
  • 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
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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!
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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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
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    • 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.
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  • 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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  • 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!
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    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!
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    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