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Uncle Willie’s BBQ – West Haven, CT

Posted on Jul 23, 2012 by in All Posts, Destinations, Eateries, North America, Northeast USA, Reviews | 0 comments

Uncle Willie’s BBQ
403 Saw Mill Road
Exit 42 off I-95
West Haven, CT  06516
Tel:  (203) 479-4017

My boyfriend and I ran across Uncle Willie’s when were planning a trip from New York to Rhode Island.  It was just off of I-95, so we decided to give it a try.  It was easy to find, and as we pulled in, I had a good feeling.  Good barbecue in my experience is often to be found in the hole-in-the-wall kind of places, and this seemed to fit the bill.

Interior of Uncle Willie’s BBQ

As we entered, I was struck by the kick-ass kitschy awesomeness of the place.  It was decorated with menus from other barbecue restaurants around the country, along with a big weird framed print that was basically “The Last Supper” but with old movie stars instead of Jesus and the disciples. (I looked it up; it’s called “Invitation,” or “Dinner for Great Names”, and Marilyn Monroe is in the Jesus position. YES indeed.)

Uncle Willies Menus

Wall of Menus

You order from the counter and take a seat, assuming you can get one, as it’s pretty small.  We ordered sandwiches – brisket and pulled pork – and sides of the jalapeno mashed potatoes, collard greens and cornbread.  We got the “li’l” size, and it was plenty.  They had a few different kinds of sauce sitting out on a table so you could try what you wanted.  I personally liked the Memphis Classic Sweet on my brisket.  The sandwiches were both good, meat tender and not too fatty.  It’s actual wood-smoked, pit barbecue.  The collard greens were better than decent and the cornbread was tasty.  I don’t know what I expected, but I was a little disappointed that the jalapeño mashed potatoes were just average-tasting kind of mushy mashed potatoes with what seemed to be slices of jalapeño straight out of a jar mixed in.  Not that great.

The Goods

I grew up in Texas, and I love barbecue.  I’ve certainly partaken of my fair share over the years.  Uncle Willie’s isn’t the best I’ve ever had, but I enjoyed it.  It was reasonably priced (we paid $26 for the above mentioned plus two drinks) and convenient from the highway, and we were both very full when we left.  I also liked the feel of the place – everyone was nice and friendly, they have a pig in the logo, they served on Styrofoam plates, and overall the place seemed like what I expect from a little barbecue joint.  I’d definitely go back to try more items from their extensive menu.

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