Food & Drink

Top Chef-er brings Southern-style BBQ to Fenway

Published On 11/10/2011 Published On 11/10/2011

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.

Drank 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 1381 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02215 (Fenway Kenmore)

Launched by a former Top Chef contestant, Sweet Cheeks serves up heaping trays of exceptional, soul-warming BBQ by Fenway, including homemade biscuits that are Boston bucket list-worthy. On each tray, you get your choice of succulent meat (pork belly, pulled chicken, chopped brisket), a hot scoop (mac & cheese, collard greens), and a cold scoop (coleslaw, potato salad). It all makes for an extremely comforting and filling meal, but make sure you save room for a bucket of those soft, flaky biscuits, which are served with house-made honey butter. Sweet Cheeks' interior tends to get noisy from music and parties shouting around communal tables made of repurposed church doors, but if that's an issue, opt for a spot on the covered beer garden out back.

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