‘Southern comfort’ in Stamford

There’s no need to venture outside of Fairfield County to enjoy some down-home cooking; just look to Bar BQ to get your southern comfort fix.

With plaid tablecloths, bourbon and whiskey lining the shelves and exposed brick and wood-paneled walls, you’ll feel as though you’re south of the Mason-Dixon line instead of just steps away from the heart of downtown Stamford.

As guests take their seats, they are offered a helping of popcorn, which is lightly sprinkled with spices that pack a powerful punch.

Signature southern cocktails featuring gin, bourbon and whiskey are served over ice in charming – and generously sized – mason jars. The Lush Lemonade and Honey Bee prove especially tasty.

Servings of cornbread are the ideal texture with just a hint of spice. The cornbread’s spiciness is juxtaposed by an order of chicken wings that are slathered with a sweet, homemade barbecue sauce that satisfied our taste buds.

Moving to entrees, shrimp is seasoned to perfection atop a plate of creamy grits, while flaky biscuits are smothered in smooth sausage gravy. A side of mac n’ cheese covered in creamy cheddar proves to be a favorite of the night, while a side of baked beans delivers just the right amount of sweetness and a side of creamed corn was a perfect marriage of both creaminess and sweetness. The chicken and waffles was a visual showstopper that was delightfully crispy with a pungent taste of black pepper.

With nine different cuts of meat offered, from a smoked chicken to kielbasa, there’s something for nearly every carnivore. A St. Louis half rack of ribs nearly falls off the bone, while the pulled pork is rubbed in a “secret” blend of spices – a secret we wish they would share! The brisket is sliced thin and pleasantly juicy, while the burn ends are exceptionally tender.

If you still have room for dessert, we suggest the apple cobbler or the salted caramel brownie sundae, which is irresistible. In a mug, the chef presents a warm fudge brownie topped with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream and light caramel syrup. It’s a divine experience with every spoonful – to say the least.

But if you’re planning on visiting the “local” south – which we certainly recommend – we suggest bringing your appetite.

For more, visit barbqstamford.com

 – Danielle Renda contributed to this story. 

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