BBQ Brings Southern Comfort
Published: Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 31, 2013 04:10
When you sit down and find a roll of paper towels on the table and wet napkin packages on the floor, you know you are at the right kind of barbecue restaurant. Nestled in the heart of the historic-looking Brookline Village right off of the D line, Village Smokehouse has been serving locals some of the best barbecue for over 25 years, and it is easy to see why. The service strives to give a sense of southern hospitality and to make their customers feel right at home.
The decor of the restaurant was a bit corny, but not atypical for this kind of cuisine. The tables had a red and white, checkered pattern under a hard, plastic cover, which assists the bussers in their clean up efforts from the mess that will inevitably be made. The bright, red walls are lined with various types of southern memorabilia that include black and white pictures of cowboys, pastel paintings of the Alamo, and signs related to Texas. The inventive idea to create salt and pepper shakers from Corona bottles really sets the tone for this joint.
The food options included everything that one would expect from an establishment like this one, such as brisket, chicken, pork, and more. While there are some other types of entrees like steak and burgers, all should primarily consider choosing a barbecue item, because the Village Smokehouse has been ranked among the best in the immediate area.
The evening started off with the waitress bringing over some corn bread that was simply amazing. Served with melted butter, the warm bread was not dry and had a sweet taste. The firm outside coupled with the soft inside made for a great combination.
The speedy staff brought out the entrees shortly after ordering. The sausage fajita was an interesting twist on a common Mexican dish. The sausage was prepared “Texas” style and had a smokier taste compared to the more common Italian sausage. Served in a sizzling-hot cast-iron pan over red peppers and caramelized onions, this barbecue-inspired meal was made even better with guacamole, tomatoes, and lettuce on the side. The BBQ sauce on the side may be a little different, but it made the fajitas all the more enjoyable.
Another great entree was a special that allows customers to choose two of the restaurant’s popular dishes, which is similar to an even bigger special that allows diners to choose three different choices. The pulled pork and the baby back pork ribs went rather well together. The pulled pork was perfectly shredded and thick. The meat was very tender and there was a copious amount served that would satisfy any hungry patron. The house BBQ sauce that was served on the side had a bold flavor with a slightly sweet mix. The baby back pork ribs were falling off of the bone with their tenderness. The meat was smothered with the house sauce, which made these ribs memorable.
Baked beans and potato salad were served with the entrees. The brown sugar sauce accompanying the beans had a sweetness comparable to that of straight sugar. It made the relatively unoriginal beans taste almost like candy. The potato salad was delicious, as the potatoes were firm instead of undesirably mushy as is common in many potato salads. The amount of mayonnaise was appropriate—not too much to make it overly runny and not too little to make the potatoes dry.
Overall, there are few complaints to be made about the Village Smokehouse. The service made the experience feel comfortable, the food was awesome, and the location is ideal. Everybody who loves barbecue food should try to make an effort to visit the Village Smokehouse.