Wednesday, June 9, 2010

6/4/10-Wilson's Barbeque, Fairfield, CT

If you think posting has gotten a bit far and few in between, you would be right. Our lives have gone through quite the transformation in the past few weeks and we're still adjusting. If we have gone out, it has been to some of our old favorites. Tonight, on the other hand, was a different story. Tom said he wanted to each a bunch of things, not just one dish. What better to do that with than BBQ? Off to Fairfield to try Wilson's. This place has been featured on the Food Network, so it's gotta be good.....right?

Tom and I both decide to get mixed platters so we can try a bit of everything. Tom get the pulled pork, brisket and the St. Louis style ribs, with collard greens, mac and cheese and cornbread. I get the brisket and the baby back ribs with mac and cheese, french fries and cornbread. First off, let me explain--this isn't much of a sit-down restaurant. You walk up to the register, place your order, then if you're lucky, find a seat inside or outside. There aren't many tables, but the wait isn't terrible. We got a table outside and the staff brings you the order on a large metal baking sheet.

The verdict? Although the pulled pork was very tender, it was also pretty bland. Thankfully, on the table are Wilson's 3 signature sauces and the vinegar sauce really helped the pork. The brisket was perfect, especially with the sweet tomato-based sauce. The baby back ribs had an overpowering taste of smoke but Tom enjoyed them (I didn't care for them) and the St. Louis ribs had more flavor from the dry rub and were quite good. The mac and cheese sides were cold, but decent. The collard greens were fresh and spicy and delicious. The fries were hand cut and very nicely done. The cornbread was moist, slightly sweet and absolutely amazing. So overall, a pretty decent dinner--a bit on the pricey side but you do get great quality.

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