Bluebird Barbecue

317 Riverside Ave, Burlington, VT 05401, USA

About Bluebird Barbecue

4.5 / 5

from reviews

    Kimi R.
    December 30, 2021

    Sadly no dine-in due to COVID restrictions. This is was my very first order and very first time trying their food. We got the meal for two people and everything was delicious! Prices were reasonable and food was ready on time. Their brisket is great ๐Ÿ˜‹

    Einar Rathgeber
    November 19, 2022

    There is something pleasingly barbaric about smoked meat. Perhaps it's that prehistoric genetic activation that comes with tearing into a rib that's been basted and crisped over flames -- or maybe it's simply looking around a restaurant to realize that you're not the only one foregoing utensils and licking your fingers. Bluebird Barbecue in Burlington satisfies both primal urges and disdain for decorum, while serving up delicious smoked meats in a modern and civilized atmosphere. We dropped in on a Friday night (sans reservations) and were greeted, welcomed, seated (within 20 minutes of our arrival), and attended to by friendly and accommodating staff that included hosts, bartenders, waitstaff, and kitchen personnel. There wasn't a sour face in the place, and while an automatic and shared 10% gratuity/service charge is not typical for stateside dining, maybe that had something to do with the happy staff. There's a solid collection of beers and other libations, and we were allowed to sample before ordering -- which turned out to be a valuable experience in likes and dislikes! We enjoyed a pizza-tray size platter of three smoked meats and four sides. With a dozen sweet and moist cornbread muffins to begin, there was more than enough for the healthiest of appetites. Our brisket was typical: fatty, but tender, and sadly, not outstanding vis-a-vis smoky flavors or unique spice combinations. Our pulled pork and ribs shared the meat spotlight and both fared better in the flavor department, with the ribs holding a nice glaze with plenty of pop. A variety of three house-made sauces added the extra flavor for each meat. Our sides were abundant and well prepared. The maple baked beans stole the sideshow, with smashed potatoes making a strong showing. Personally, I would like a little mustard seed or more vinegar in the otherwise tame coleslaw. The house mac-and-cheese and charred vegetables lacked imagination and both were on the dry side. For dessert, the banana cream jar didn't disappoint -- word to the wise: don't plan on sharing, because it's good enough to indulge your selfish side! Good people, nice setting, satisfying food. In Burlington's hit-and-miss dining scene, the Bluebird sings.

    Tasha May
    June 25, 2022

    This place is wonderful. But what I really must applaud is the staff! Every person smiled and greeted my friend and I, the food was served in a timely manner and delicious ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ I was pleasantly surprised that there was a decent selection for vegetarian food. I would recommend visiting if you are in the Winooksi area, Bluebird does things right!

    Jenny McKee
    March 13, 2023

    The service and food were excellent at Bluebird Barbeque! My husband is a born and raised North Carolinian, and I lived in North Carolina for 8 years, so when I say this is the best pulled pork we've had in many years, that is some very high praise. We ordered the barbeque for two, which was $45 and included your choice of three meats and four sides. We got the brisket, spare rib, and pulled pork and all the meats were so tasty. Of those three, the spare rib and pulled pork were the best. The spare rib just fell off the bone and the pulled pork was tender, juicy, and packed with flavor, so you didn't need (or want) to add any BBQ sauce! We selected the Mac 'n' cheese, greens, beans, and toast and they were all super tasty. The greens and beans were awesome, both loaded with flavor. The beans were a bit on the sweeter side, thanks to the maple syrup addition. The homemade pickles served on the side were also excellent. Needless to say, next time we are in Burlington we will definitely eat here again!

    Jake Mullan
    January 08, 2023

    Stopped in for a solo dinner. Service was excellent, and the food was great at a decent value. Had the ribs with Mac n cheese, along with potatoes. Would also highly recommend the sโ€™mores jar for dessert!

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    317 Riverside Ave, Burlington, VT 05401, USA

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