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Sweet Cheeks

  • 1381 Boylston St. Map It
  • The Fenway
  • American
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 07/13/2016

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Red Sox fans, foodies, and Fenway residents flock to this meat lover's mecca, where Texas-style BBQ is the name of the game. Hefty slabs of dry-rubbed heritage pork, great northern beef brisket, and plump chickens cook low and slow in a jumbo black smoker until saturated with campfire flavor. Owner Tiffany Faison tromped all over the Texas barbecue belt to get her recipes finger-licking right, including the homemade sweet pickles and shaved onion that come with every order, heaped on a tray lined with butcher paper. The baseball-size biscuits served with honey butter are delectable, so don't miss those. Sweet tea and cocktails arrive in mason jars, while house-made BBQ sauces (ranging from mild to skull-splittingly hot) sit on the table, along with a tin can of flatware and napkins. (You'll need lots of the latter; with food this good, it's going to get messy!)

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1381 Boylston St., Boston, Massachusetts, 02215, USA

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Published 07/13/2016


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Aug 14, 2017

Authentic Southern Barbecue and Other Tasty Comfort Foods

Sweet Cheeks Q - Authentic Southern Barbecue and Other Tasty Comfort Foods FODORS My spouse and I visited Sweet Cheeks Q for lunch on a Saturday afternoon in late May 2017. Sweet Cheeks accepts reservations using the Reserve app or website; however, we walked in without a reservation and the host seated us immediately. (Note that is does get crowded, though, so you may want to reserve so that you do not have to wait.) The restaurant is open daily

for lunch, dinner, snacks, and drinks. Sweet Cheeks opened in November 2011 on Boylston Street in the Fenway-Kenmore neighborhood. We entered the space planning to request seats at an outdoor umbrella-shaded table on the front sidewalk patio, but when we saw the semi-open kitchen and smelled the delicious meats (smoked in a device named “Tootsie”, after a famous Texas pit master), we decided to sit indoors instead. Patrons sit at high-top communal tables (made from recycled bowling alley lanes), at regular height tables, or at the long bar. In addition to the dedicated front sidewalk area, you can also dine al fresco on the side patio. Décor includes wood paneling, twinkling lights, and loud music; a half-wall leading to the restrooms displays a collection of antique can halves. Food is served on metal trays, in small metal pails, and on (or in) blue enamelware plates and cups/mugs, and some drinks are served in Mason jars. Tiffani Faison is the chef/owner of Sweet Cheeks; you might recognize her as one of the “Top Chef” Season 1 finalists. She also operates the nearby restaurant Tiger Mama, located at the other end of the block, and reportedly, a yet-to-open tickets-only chef’s counter restaurant called Fool’s Errand. Before she opened her own restaurants, she worked at notable Boston restaurants including O Ya, Rocca, and Straight Wharf. Sweet Cheeks serves creative barbecue and accompaniments. Meat is sold by the pound, in sandwiches, or in combination platters served on the aforementioned metal trays. We shared a platter with three different meats (brisket, pork belly, and shredded pork, each equally and amazingly delicious), one hot side (macaroni and cheese topped with breadcrumbs, surprisingly our least favorite item that we ordered), one cold side (a tasty rough-chopped colorful coleslaw), and one huge biscuit (served with yummy sweet honey butter). For dessert, we shared the enormous “nutter butter” cookie dessert, which was the size of a dinner plate! We loved our lunch at Sweet Cheeks Q – the food was awesome, the service was good, and the atmosphere was comfortable.

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