Whenever I go home to Texas, friends and relatives ask me, “How’s the food in Massachusetts?” with deep concern. One trip to Redbones would set their minds at ease. From the Southern-style, not-too-sweet cornbread that starts the meal, to the sides (gooey mac and cheese, collard greens cooked in ham broth with delectable bits of pork) to the mains (ribs, pulled pork) to the dessert (I don’t know why you’d order anything but pecan pie), Redbones delivers hearty and authentic casual Southern fare.
There are three main sections- a cozy bar, on your left as you enter the front door; a main restaurant, packed with tables and with an open kitchen in the back; and, downstairs, a larger barroom called Underbones used mostly at night where sometimes special beer related events are held, check the listings on the website. The restaurant is great for families and for big groups, whereas the bar and downstairs areas are good for late nights or lazy weekend afternoons. The bar is often lined with regulars and is manned by a friendly bartender who, if you’re having trouble settling on a beer, will be happy to spin the wheel labeled with the many draft selections to let chance pick for you, though beware if you land on something you dread, you are stuck with it.