The Flame BBQ’s two soul-food kitchens sling slow-cooked pulled pork, collard greens, and brisket onto plates and catering trays. Rolls sop up the barbecue sauce that smothers spare ribs, pulled chicken, and beef. Stack a Mac meals, a Flame specialty, fold barbecued meat into creamy mac ‘n’ cheese that is accompanied by a cup of sauce and several high-fives. Other unique offerings include brisket burritos bundled in a tortilla and catered whole-roasted pigs, piglets, or lambs.
When the family behind Super-Stuff Super-Licious restaurant fired up their three sidewalk grills in 1985, they began a local BBQ legacy that was strong enough to attract people from forty miles out. Unfortunately, the booming success couldn’t stop an encroaching schism that would soon split up the relatives and choke the growing business. It took nearly 20 years of slow-cooked reconciliation and, according to the restaurant’s website, a spiritual awakening to bring the family and the business back together in 2005. Today, Robbie's Super-Stuff Super-Licious BBQ Restaurant continues the tradition they started more than 35 years ago.
The barbecue mavens stock their kitchen with fresh, local ingredients and meats. They season each of their ribs, chickens, and steaks—sousing some slabs with more than a dozen herbs and spices—before sizzling them atop an open-pit grill. They then slather these flavorful cuts in one of three sauces: hot-, mild-, or mustard-barbecue sauce. They also prepare homestyle sides, such as collard greens and signature cornbread, to accessorize meat-centric entrees or cocktail dresses.
The pitmasters at the Harvard & Highland location of Union Pig & Chicken keep the menu simple, and in fact, very true to their name. Every day, they smoke up St. Louis ribs, barbecued chicken, brisket, and pork shoulder, as well as tofu, sausages, and seafood. The menu of traditional and non-so-traditional barbecue is rounded out with buttermilk fried chicken and sides such as cornbread, mac and cheese, and creamy coleslaw to create meals that emulate Southern picnics without buying a blanket in Scarlett O'Hara's green-and-white dress fabric. Meals can be washed down with a range of sodas, house-made sweet tea, fresh jalape?o-cilantro lemonade, draft beers, or a glass of bourbon.
Housed inside the Old B&O Train Station, Rust Belt brews nine craft beers, with a handful more scheduled for release early next year. Each Saturday from noon to 5 p.m., fans of yeast and hops can gather 'round head brewer Lee Gidley as he guides them on a tour of the brewery, showing them equipment, explaining the brewing process, and doling out samples of the luscious liquid gold. When the half-hour tour concludes, everyone receives a commemorative Rust Belt Brewery T-shirt, a souvenir pint glass, and a jolly memory to overtake the brain space currently inhabited by knowledge of the Gigli plot. If the tour inspires a powerful thirst for more, Rust Belt sells growlers of their guzzleables to take home, and the neighboring Boxcar Lounge has Rust Belt on tap.
During the last three decades, Charley’s has shuffled up standard decks of carbs in a fresh, innovative fashion. Though the soul of Charley’s spawns from the beefy abyss of the signature cheesesteak sandwiches ($4.59–$8.99), the entire menu is flavorfully filled to capacity with delicious grilled combinations (prices vary by location). The chicken teriyaki sandwich ($4.89–$9.29) is quaint for a stomach sublet, while the Italian deli deluxe carnivorously conquers with a bed of pepperoni, ham, turkey, provolone, and generous dustings of Italian seasoning ($4.59–$8.99). Diners can load their gastronomic cargo-carriers with a combo meal, complete with Charley's famously crisp fries ($1.79–$1.89 for a regular order), or ascend a mountain of abominably coated fries featuring cheddar, ranch, and bacon
At Edo Hibachi, meals don't get cooked behind closed doors: talented chefs prepare the restaurant's cuisine with fiery flair right before diners' eyes. With a focus on healthy ingredients, they grill up combination platters, such as chicken and salmon or filet mignon and lobster. Edo's chefs also showcase their talents from behind the restaurant's sushi bar, artfully assembling platters of sashimi and assorted selections of sushi.