DISCLAIMER: I wish I could say this was an actual music festival in Boston but it’s not. It’s better: a restaurant that was so much fun to eat at it felt like a festival.
SWEET CHEEKS Q is on Boylston St. near the historic Fenway. It’s not exactly what it sounds like but it’s pretty dang close: Texas style BBQ near the ballpark and a lot of other sweet things on the side.
THE OPENING ACT:
BISCUITS!! You HAVE to order the bucket of biscuits (this brings 4 gigantic biscuits) as soon as you sit down. Yes, with your drink order! I promise they don’t care, they’re used to it. And, okay. I’m no biscuit connoisseur, but I strongly believe those were the best biscuits I have ever had and will ever have. Slather some whipped HONEY BUTTER (!!) on them, slap me silly and call me Miss Piggy because your life will change in an instant.
If you cannot finish the entire portion then don’t. Don’t feel bad about it. There is so much more to come. Just make sure not to over exaggerate when you’re ordering. Portions run large.
THE HEADLINERS OF THE NIGHT:
Berkshire pulled pork, berkshire pork ribs, pulled chicken, buttermilk fried chicken, and the hot wings. Everything comes on cute, personal silver trays. Yes, there’s a lot of options there and I’ve only mentioned the ones I actually tried. (We went twice and with a big group. Would you do a festival any other way?*)
Everyone in my group preferred different meats, but absolutely everything was smoked to perfection so I say choose what you know you already like! The unexpected winners for me were the pork ribs (thank you dad!) and the pulled pork.
THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE SCENES:
If you like sweet tea, try it here. I’m not one for it but I’ve seriously never seen my sister as happy as when she’s holding her extra large mason jar of sweet tea. When it comes to the sides, I would recommend to always order scoops AKA the small size. Our favorites (in most liked order) were the cheesy grits, salt and pepper potatoes, coleslaw, hush puppies.
THE BAND AIDS**:
There will be three innocent looking sauces in the middle of your table, next to the silver tin of cutlery and napkins. TRY ALL OF THEM! There is a thai chili hot sauce that will make your brain feel silly. I love that sort of stuff. Another is a tomato based sweet sauce which causes intense and rapid licking of the fingers. The other is a vinegar based sauce that brings them all together.
Drinks! There is a large, wooden bar at the back where you can sit, have a drink and wait for your friend(s) or watch a game on the large TVs above. Sweet Cheeks Q offers an extensive array of beers and an even more exciting cocktail list. I wish, I wish so hard that I could remember the name of the cocktail I had because it was TOO GOOD. The part of my brain that deals with memory must have shutdown from an overload of happiness after my meal.
I should mention that most tables at Sweet Cheeks are communal and all food is served on trays with brown paper lining. If that’s not your sort of thing then don’t go. Because, okay. Even if you don’t like this genre of music you have to admit these headliners offer catchy hits that go straight to the top of the charts! Oh, look. Their new single just moved up to #1 on iTunes.
Sweet Cheeks Q
1381 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02215, United States
(They take reservations. Do it.)
*I actually don’t know the answer because I’ve never been to a Music Festival.