Sweet Cheeks Q
Top Chef-er brings Southern-style BBQ to Fenway


No longer just a comment girls in yoga pants hear when walking past construction sites, Sweet Cheeks is the newest BBQ resto from former Top Chef-er Tiffani Faison, who has channeled her inner Texan to execute... top-notch Southern vittles just like the ones your mom would've made if her exposure to Tejas went beyond old episodes of Dallas.

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The Environs
The former Cambridge 1's gotten a rustic, wood-heavy overhaul, as this warm 115-seater now rocks cherry wood paneling, string patio lighting, communal tables crafted from reclaimed church doors/ bowling alleys, a sectioned-off "take out" zone w/ separate entrance, and vintage Southern-inspired memorabilia/ signage, some of which's been hammered from old Quaker State metal oil can boyds.

Smoked Meat
They've got nine types of falling-off-the-bone meats smoked with oak/maple (from pork belly and short ribs to brisket, pulled chicken, and whole turkey legs), all on either metal butcher paper-lined sheet trays or as griddled Texas toast sammies, and plated with a choice of one hot/ one cold "scoop" (broccoli cheese casserole, heirloom baked beans, collard greens); there're also buckets of biscuits, "hot & crispy" sides (fried okra, hush puppies & fried green tomatoes), and desserts like banana pudding and whitetrash fruit salad, which is presumably just mayo and leftover lettuce from Wendy's Spicy Chicken sandwiches.

Liquid nourishment's served in Mason/ jam jars (shots & cocktails too!) and includes over 50 draft/ can/ 22oz bottled brews (Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, Lone Star, Butternuts Porkslap, Dark Horse Crooked Tree), 35-plus whiskeys, and carefully curated craft cocktails like House Bill 819 (a barrel-aged blend of tea-infused corn whiskey with lemon & mint) and the bourbon/ sapling maple liqueur/ maple bitters Damn Yankee, also what most people in Texas say when you ask them who really shot J.R

Photo Credit: William Horne

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1. Sweet Cheeks Q 1381 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02215

Launched by a former Top Chef contestant, Sweet Cheeks is serving up tender, flavorful comfort food in huge proportions. The cuisine is a mix of influences, as the owner had grown up in a military family traveling across the South. The mostly Southern-style dishes deliver intensely flavorful ingredients that are reasonably sourced and with cooked with modern culinary techniques. Communal tables are made from repurposed church doors and there is a covered beer garden out back. The casual, lively dining experience is adding new personality to Boston.

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