This evening I had the ultimate pleasure of having dinner with Bianca at Sweet Cheeks BBQ. She had been there before, and I was eager to try it out since I found out it was Tiffani Faison’s restaurant (I was a fan of Rocca before it closed).
When we arrived around 7PM, the place was packed but thankfully I knew the assistant manager and she was able to secure a table for the two of us (they normally don’t take reservations). Immediately upon sitting down, I ordered a Peak Organic Nut Brown Ale. I love this beer. It’s so smooth and delicious. And I love that it came in a small mason jar.
On the table were tins with napkins, forks and knives, as well as an assortment of hot sauces. This time, I decided to forgo the hot sauces since I was eager to taste the flavor of the meat.
To start, we ordered the bucket o’ biscuits. O’ my gosh, these were heavenly. They were so flakey and buttery, that I felt that I didn’t even need butter. But of course, what’s a biscuit without butter? Exactly.
The manager also brought over, as her treat, a plate of their fried green tomatoes. Unfortunately the dip flavor is alluding me. But it was delicious. I’m usually very skeptical when it comes to eating tomatoes, but I had never had green tomatoes before. By being deep fried, they seemed to have a sweeter, almost pickled taste to them. I enjoyed one.
For my main entrée, I was so tossed between the different meat trays. I was either thinking of pulled chicken, pulled pork, a half chicken or the brisket. I finally decided on the brisket as it was a dish that I knew I wouldn’t be trying to make at home anytime soon (or at all). For side dishes I had the carrot and raisin salad and the mac ‘n’ cheese.
The salad had feta cheese and walnuts in it. It was so delicious. Just the perfect fresh addition to the fatty meat and creamy mac ‘n’ cheese. And the mac ‘n’ cheese was delicious too, being just the right amount of creamy and cheesy. And it was topped with crumbled Ritz crackers.
Now, onto the main event: the brisket. I absolutely loved the intense, smoky flavor of the meat. It was just how brisket should be: smoky and wet. It was a bit fattier that I would have liked, but I think it did ultimately add to it’s amazing flavor. I was able to eat about half of it, and saved the other half to bring home to David. He loves my leftovers.
Even though we were stuffed, the kitchen did send out a complimentary dessert: the giant nutter butter. It tasted just like the snack. I could only have a few bites since it was so buttery and rich.
Our service was top-notch, too. Even though it was busy, she was always there when we needed her and yet we never felt rushed. Everything was just extremely enjoyable. The restaurant itself has a lot of family-style tables and tables that are close together. So if you don’t mind hearing everyone else’s conversation, or having them hear yours, it’s a fun place to be for the weekend. Tonight was the Red Sox/Yankees game so when we left, the crowd was getting larger since the game just let out.
So if you’re looking for a southern BBQ style restaurant in the Boston area, look no further than Sweet Cheeks Q!
Sweet Cheeks is located at 1381 Boylston Street in Boston.
These pictures were taken with my new smartphone! I love it.