From Texas beef brisket to tangy Atlantic pulled pork, chef Chet’s culinary philosophy remains the same: it’s not the sauce that makes for good barbecue cuisine, but the stuff you slather the sauce on. To that end, Chet enhances succulent cuts of meat by enrobing them in piquant spices and curing them in his metal smoker behind the restaurant. There, spare ribs, wings, and hot links simmer for up to 15 hours before cozying up to southern sides such as mac 'n' cheese and sweet potatoes.
In addition to his cuisine, Chef Chet pays homage to the rural south by decking out his brick-red dining room with rough-hewn wooden booths, folk art, and wisecracking grandmas at every table.
City News caters to stogie-savvy shoppers with its well-stocked humidor, filled with a wide selection of cigars from a variety of brands. Patrons looking for sturdy materials can build a smokeable bunker out of Brick House Robusto cigars ($6.50), and imported Lochem ($12.50) lip logs, hand-rolled by master cigar-makers in Nicaragua, please choosy palettes. Puff on selections from Davidoff Marrakech ($18.50) and the Avo Heritage series ($9.50), or pair a bold Ashton VSG ($17.50) with a special brandy or a very special Brandy single.
At Dev’s, owners Candace and Bunny manifest their vast travels into worldly cuisine, fusing culinary traditions from Spain, Asia, and the Mediterranean into one exotic menu. An expansive lineup of contemporary tapas helps to kick start meals with sharable bites of miniature sweet rock crab cakes with remoulade ($4.75) or toasted goat cheese, honey, and almonds on crusty crostini ($7.25). Come entree time, traverse the peaks of creamy ricotta and ebbs of tomato sauce arranged in luscious layers to form vegetable lasagna ($14.50). Or, reel in mouthfuls of mussels, shrimp, and clams on a plate of seafood Italiano, piled high with linguine and spicy tomato broth ($19.25). Between bites and juicy bits of Placido Domingo–related gossip, parched pipes find refreshment in various wines and cocktails, such as a full-bodied Kendall Jackson chardonnay ($9/glass) and piquant swigs of a red-sangria martini ($9). Adding to the festive air, Dev’s currently features live music on Friday and Saturday nights and is also in the process of hatching menus for both brunch and lunch.
Recognized as one of New England’s top cozy eateries with a 2010 Yankee magazine Editor’s Choice award, Brie & Bleu brings teeth and people together with a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Embark upon delights such as Midnight Moon, an aged goat cheese ($23/lb.), or the Marcona Almonds, roasted in sunflower oil with a touch of sea salt ($18/lb.). Additional options include the Tome de Savoie ($18/lb.), La Tur ($12 each), and the European Olive Medley ($8/lb.).
Hot Rod Cafe halts the hankerings of hungry patrons with a menu sporting an array of hearty dishes, including more than 25 varieties of buffalo wings ($5.50/six). Wing fiends can flap their taste buds toward meaty morsels endowed with flavors such as chipotle barbecue, garlic parmesan, and spicy teriyaki, or they can opt for Cajun dry rub, the mystical blend of spices from which all Louisiana gator wrestlers derive their power.