Saturday, June 2, 2012

BarQ Opens, 15 Clark Street at Main Street

    "It is a far, far better barbecue that I have now, than I have ever had before" - Charles Dickens, A Tale of     Two Cities

Bar Q Opens in Stamford
Joint Venture Combines Authentic Barbeque with a Downtown Nightlife Scene

Downtown Stamford was recently introduced to Bar Q, a saucy, spicy, dry-rubbed, slow cooked, sweet smelling, smoky, bold restaurant and bar. Oh, and the barbeque is damn good too!

The team behind Bar Q considers barbeque to be an art form – a form of true pleasure. At Bar Q, the pig is sacred, the beer is cold, the music is up, and the joint is rockin'. Bar Q takes its cues from its sister location, Bobby Q's of Westport, Fairfield County's premiere barbeque restaurant since 2004. However, this time around, they're shaking things up a bit.

Located in the former Hula Hanks space and still under the Post Road Entertainment (Black Bear Saloon and numerous other bars and restaurant throughout CT and NY) company umbrella, along with co- owner Bob LeRose of Bobby-Q's, Bar Q's bi-level restaurant (seating capacity 170) and expansive bar is an unexpected find. Bar Q is a barbeque melting pot of sorts – Nashville meets Kansas City, with a whole lot of mid-west hospitality and a touch of New Orleans soul. Utilizing wide plank wood from floor to ceiling, a cowhide clad wall fabric, and photos of our bountiful farmland and the people that keep us moving forward, the space nourishes the American spirit.

Pit-smoked barbeque, Southern favorites, and down home cooking is in the form of appetizers and tasting plates, for noshing, sharing, or to build your perfect meal. The menu is complimented with creative southern cocktails, thirst quenching craft beers, including 26 on draught, and music that is live, D.J. spun, and pumped into this lively "Q" oasis.

While everybody is busy debating the art of "authentic" barbeque – Bar Q is just doin' it. Co-owner Bob LeRose and Executive Chef Tim Doherty have taken the tried and true dishes from Bobby-Q's and honed in on the familiar favorites to create a smaller, more casual dining menu. House made barbeque sauces come bold, sweet or pungent. Carnivores can rejoice over beef burnt ends, juicy brisket, sauced up pulled pork, and St. Louis sticky ribs. There's also wood-kissed chicken wings, jalapeno brush poppers, Texas hold 'em taquitos, and good ol' cornmeal hush puppies. Add a side of slaw – or not. It's your barbeque to experience.


15 Clark Street at Main Street, Stamford, CT

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