- Sadie's Saloon $ - 5 Pine Street - 781-893-5555
2001 10 22 review by Mike Morrison
Entering Sadie's Saloon is sort of like starting a choose-your-own-adventure
book. Stepping through the front door, you find yourself in a tiny foyer
with two doors. If you turn left, you walk into the bar; right, and you're
in the dining area. The two are separated by a half-wall that does a good
job of separating the drinking crowd from the eating crowd and vice versa,
but you can always look over to the other side and see what would've
happened if you'd chosen the other path, sort of like when you mark your
page with a finger and read both options before continuing.
Like most choose-your-own-adventure books, though, the path you should take
is completely obvious. If you're eating at Sadie's, you should be getting
one thing and one thing only: the steak tips. There are plenty of other
good items on the menu: the pulled pork sandwich is excellent, as is the
buffalo chicken salad, and the onion rings are very, very good. But going
to Sadie's and not getting any sort of tips is like going to Ben & Jerry's
and ordering plain vanilla, waffle cone, no jimmies. Nothing wrong with it,
but you're missing the point.
The meat, the original marinade, the cooking process...all have been
perfected at Sadie's to a level beyond the reach of ordinary mortals. The
turkey tips and teriyaki steak tips are delicious, but they are only shadows
of the original, mere prints of a Monet. The steak tips are a
transcendental experience that must be sampled to be appreciated. I cannot
say enough to do them justice, and it pains me to know that my poor words
paint such an inadequate picture, so I will say no more.
Most of the sides are excellent--the aforementioned onion rings, the
above-average french fries, and the garlic mashed potatoes particularly
stand out, and the salads are very good if you're looking for something
cool. Service is always friendly and fairly efficient. TVs of various
sizes are tuned to sports channels to provide entertainment should you find
the conversation flagging. The beer selection is adequate, if unoriginal.
But then, if you want beer, you should really be across the street at Watch
City or Bison County. You're at Sadie's for the tips, remember?
- Bison County $$ - 275 Moody Street - 781-642-9720
1999 10 22
Bison County occupies a prime location on Moody Street, near Jordan's Furniture.
The entry opens onto the busy bar and some tables in view of the grill. A second room
offers quieter dining. The decor features rustic brick walls, wood floors, booths,
and wood topped tables, with classic advertising posters.
A pint of draft or bottle of microbrew goes for 3.50, and regular beer for 3.00.
An endlessly refilled soda is 1.50.
The wagon train entree (13.25) features turkey, beef, and buffalo, nicely grilled
to order. The baby back ribs (16.95) are an ample serving of meaty ribs, available
with a Texas or southern sauce. The service on this visit was deemed brusque.
2006 07 17 review by New Jersey Mama
My daughter and I are visiting in Waltham for 5 weeks. We''ve eaten
out at Bison Country twice now, once just us and again with another
family with an infant. I wanted to say, having looked at the
reviews, that we had a very good experience. We loved the food,
considering ourselves BBQ-knowledgeable. The baby back ribs were
excellent, as were the sweet potato fries -- and we think we know
our SP fries, given our experience at the New Jersey shore boardwalk
joints. We had the Steak Caesar, burgers, brisket sandwich and
pulled pork sandwich. All recommended. The service both times was
good (not brusque as someone else mentioned). The front room near
the bar is cooler, since the rear room overlooks the open grill, but
the latter is fun to watch for the fiery action there.
So, all in all, way good chow there.
- Jake's Dixie Roadhouse $$ - 220 Moody Street - 781-894-4227
2002 05 31 review by Allan Telio
Like peanut butter and jelly, Nomar (Nomaaaaah) and the Red Sox, and
Elvis and polyester jumpsuits, blues music and barbecue are meant to be
together. Jake and Earl's Dixie Roadhouse does its best to combine good
music with good barbecue. Of course, since we do live north of the
Mason Dixon line, it is unreasonable to expect Jake's to get every
detail correct. For the North, however, they do a pretty damn good job.
The giant neon "Jake's" sign and B.B. King's mellow music greeted us as
we walked into the restaurant and bar. The walls are painted yellow and
lined with 100 bottles of hot sauce. The bar to our right had a few
people drinking beers and watching the Red Sox game on one of the
overhead TVs. We, however, did not come here to drink, be social, or
watch the game. We came here to eat.
Fortunately for us, Jake's was ready to feed us. As the waitress showed
us to our seats, we passed by a couple that had just received their
plates of food. At first I was in shock; "Did those people order three
entrees each? How on earth are they going to eat all of that food?" I
was convinced that there was some sort of mix up in the kitchen or that
those people had tapeworms. It is not possible for people to eat that
We sat down, perused the menu and after a brief debate, my girlfriend
Katie, my friend Dan, and I decided what to order. Dan and I started
out with an order of Kings' Wings($7.95). Living in the North, I have
grown accustomed to buffalo wings that are small and spicy. The King's
wings are spicy, but by no means small. Each wing was about the size of
my fist. The wings were smoky and covered with moist tender chicken that
falls off the bone. Simply fantastic.
For dinner, I had the Texas brisket($12.95). The plate was piled high
with tender brisket, three kinds of BBQ sauce, Cole slaw, baked beans, a
brick of corn bread and slice of watermelon. The cornbread was a little
dry and not very flavorful. The rest of the food, however, was
fantastic. The brisket was tender and irresistible once it had been
drowned in BBQ sauce.
Dan ordered the Delta Double (ribs and chicken, ($15.95). This entrée
is aptly named because only Delta Burke could eat the whole plate. The
ribs were tender, juicy, and perfectly cooked. In most restaurants, a
piece of lettuce is used to garnish a plate. Not at Jake and Earl's.
Instead, they use half of a chicken. Like all of the other meat, the
roasted chicken was perfectly cooked, tender, and delicious. The only
problem was that Dan was so full that he did not have room to eat it and
had to take it home for lunch. The Delta Double could easily feed two
or three people.
Katie, who doesn't east most types of meat, ordered the Deep Fried Jumbo
Shrimp($13.95). Once again, Jake and Earl's did not disappoint, serving
great tasting food, and plenty of it. The ten or so jumbo shrimp were
covered with a slightly spicy batter, fried to perfection, and served
with a tangy dipping sauce that expertly balanced the spiciness of the
batter. The shoestring fries served on the side were also good, but got
a little greasy after a while. Except for the lack of sweetened ice tea
(if you are from the South, you will understand that sugar mixed in to
ice cold tea does not compare), she left satisfied and stuffed.
After eating all of these wonderful oversized plates of food I had only
one question, "How on earth can anyone be blue after eating here?" I
paused and thought for a minute and answered my question, "They are
singing the blues because they no longer fit through a doorway, let
alone into their own pants." Good thing I was born a northerner.
2004 01 21 review by Rachel Present
Just wanted to let you know, I recently visited Jake's Dixie Roadhouse
with several friends. The service was horrendous; it took an hour to get
our food, the food was mediocre at best, and when we complained, the
management was rude and unaccomadating. I would NOT reccomend visitng
the restaurant, and wanted you to be aware of our experience.