Food & Drink


2015 Winner: Blue Ribbon BBQ

City slickers agree: For down-home barbecue near Boston, Blue Ribbon serves the prize pig. And beef brisket. And pulled chicken. Twenty years after first firing up the smoker, this Newton/Arlington duo offers highest-quality barbecue in lo-fi environs, drawing downtown diners and hot sauce-worshipping suburbanites alike. Plus, those party platters and quarts have saved our gameday parties on many occasions. File under: BBQ MVP.

Blue Ribbon BBQ

908 Mass. Ave., Arlington • (781) 648-7427

Blue Ribbon BBQ

1375 Washington St., Newton • (617) 332-2583

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