Barbecue is a distinctly American art form, much like jazz music and feigning an understanding of jazz music. Celebrate patriotic cuisine with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of authentic down-home eats at Redbones in Somerville.
At Redbones, a pitmaster trained in the traditional craft of barbecue oversees the smoking, preparation, and finishing of delicious smokehouse specialties. The dinner menu racks up five styles of ribs ($12.99–$21.99), hush puppies ($2.99), pulled chicken sammies ($6.99–$8.99), fried Louisiana catfish dinners ($14.99), and smoked beef brisket ($12.99–$15.99). Lunch and all-day specials insulate belly cabins with baked meatloaf on Mondays ($9.99), smoked turkey on Tuesdays ($9.99), and fried pickles and jalapeños every day ($4.99). Redbones' juicy 16-ounce T-bone steak is chaperoned by fries and slaw ($16.99), and its grilled portobello-mushroom sandwich ($7.99) sophisticates palates with onion-merlot jam.
Redbones' dining room portrays a rustic romp through barbecue's days gone by, sporting nostalgic photos of when life used to be in black and white and homemade menus and signs were the only readable literature available. The restaurant's multifaceted charm includes adventurous meal-complementing entertainment, such as food forums hosted by experts, periodic live music performances, and an old time bluegrass jam with the Hi-tone Ramblers on September 12th courtesy of The Real School of Music. Diners can belly up to the counter to witness firsthand the work of Redbones' pitmaster and his team of barbecue buffs. Service is always fast, friendly, and as cuddlesome as a fresh puppy wrapped in a jacket fashioned out of an old Tempur-Pedic mattress.