Good barbecue sauce, like a tuxedo, takes time to make perfect and stands out when worn to a job interview. Taste exceptionally good-looking with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of barbecue fare at Route 7 Grill in Great Barrington.
Recognized in 2007 as one of Gourmet magazine's Best Farm-to-Table Restaurants, Route 7's Promethean prep chefs wield fire, smoke, and sauce to create a hearty menu featuring naturally raised meat from local and small-family farms. Sauce scientists atomically balance pulled pork with the highly calibrated Route 7 barbecue blend, imbuing the customary tang with an aroma of fired hickory, alongside a pair of made-from-scratch sides ($18). Baby-back ribs embrace shameless fingers and eager palates with their sticky sweetness, often receiving collar-staining hugs in return ($28). Grilled pork chops arrive at tables propped up by drifts of cheddar-poblano smashed potatoes and apple-kraut ($18), and octuplets of house-smoked chicken wings spew spicy fumes from slow-cooked nibbles bathed in buffalo, smoked-barbecue, or habanero-barbecue sauce ($10). The house salad outfits local greens with Vermont cheddar, apples, and smoked almonds under a flavorful blanket of the chef's signature maple-bacon vinaigrette ($7).
The restaurant's newly renovated interior welcomes guests with rustic decorations and a massive stone hearth at its center, large enough to fit an entire pig or twelve rabbits dressed as a pig for rabbit Halloween. A large outdoor pavilion hosts diners at picturesque rows of picnic tables, ensconcing them in the pleasant lushness of the Housatonic River valley.
999 Main St.
Great Barrington, Massachusetts 01230