After shooting some interior photos at The Bearded Pig yesterday for an Eater story, I knew I wouldn't be able to stay away for long. It soft-opened today at 11 AM, and by just past noon, I had dragged Joel there. We currently each live about a mile away, but in September, we're moving in together just minutes from Union Square, so news of a new nearby barbecue spot was particularly exciting for us, especially considering that there's really no good barbecue in Somerville. (Don't get me wrong; Redbones is a fun place for a drink, but my meals there have ranged from uninspired to downright disappointing. I'd rather drive out to Blue Ribbon, Black Strap, or beyond. My reigning favorites for barbecue, though, are even farther away: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in Syracuse and Rochester (can't vouch for the newer locations), Fette Sau in Brooklyn, and Franklin Barbecue in Austin.)
It's not really fair to review a place on opening day, so I'll write more once I've returned in a month or so, but I will say that there's a lot that we liked. The sides, in particular, blew Redbones and even Blue Ribbon out of the water. (We got the mac and cheese, cornbread, and collard greens.) For now, I'll just leave you with the food porn. For the less-sexy-but-still-snazzy interior shots, check out my story over on Eater.