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Chester's Barbecue

943 Poquonnock Rd.,, Groton, CT 06340
860-449-6868
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Ranked #2 of 102 restaurants in Groton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $15
Cuisines: Barbecue
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  • English first
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English first
Groton, Connecticut
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

Barbeque is sacred stuff in our household. To say that there is even mediocre Barbeque in New England is a stretch, but clearly Chester's is NOT New England Barbeque! I've enjoyed some of the best brisket and ribs I've had anywhere. Chester's is one of the finest meat purveyors on the east coast. Large spare ribs had the perfect balance... More

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Connecticut
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96 reviews 96 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

Had a taste from some Q on the 4th of July. We were nearby for a baseball tournament so didnt have our own grill and hotel didnt allow one, so we decided on Chesters, Friendly staff and family atmosphere. We ordered our food and without exception, it came out avg time, no wait. I ordered brisket, spare ribs, collards, and... More

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Norwich, Connecticut
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

I was craving bbq and went into Chester's to try it out for lunch. Having lived down south, I'm so glad I was able to find a bbq place in Connecticut that has great food, sweet tea, and excellent service. I tried the baby back ribs, baked beans, and cinnamon apples. Since the ribs are smoked with a dry rub,... More

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Washington, DC
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

I'm from Virginia, and never expected to find such a great barbecue place up north. They take their barbecue seriously and it shows. Pulled pork, ribs, brisket--all excellent. Relaxed place to sit and eat in booths, or take out. One of the owners works the cash register and you'll be best friends before your order even comes up. You'll be... More

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Norfolk, Virginia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Went to Chester's for dinner, and had a great time. Don't let the strip mall store-front fool you--this place is fun and delicious. Big take-aways: -Excellent, friendly service -Legitimate Southern-style sweet tea. Amazing smoky sweet flavor. -Fantastic brisket--juicy, not fatty or greasy. Easily in the top 3! -Hands-down best burnt ends anywhere. -Decent chicken -Pork ribs/pulled pork only average. -Traditional... More

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Brooklyn, Connecticut
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Chester's has been our go to for BBQ in CT for years. I've heard people say their ribs are dry and that may be true (it's smoked meat with a dry rub on it), but my guess is that they forgot to grab a few containers of the BBQ sauce that is available over by the sweet tea. Either way,... More

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Auckland, New Zealand
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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

I've only been to a BBQ restaurant once before so I wasn't sure what to order. The chef helped me choose a mixed plate so I could try a few different things and it was excellent, I will definitely return if I'm in the area again.

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5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Drove an hour to check out this place and it was definitely worth it. The Brisket and pulled pork sandwiches were amazing, as were the sides and sweet tea. Give this place a try if you're in the region, you won't be disappointed.

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Stonington, Maine
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19 reviews 19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

Have been away for a while in Europe so went for my birthday Burn ends, St. Louis ribs and Mac and cheese. Omg how missed good BBQ

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Waterford, Connecticut, United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

Just returning from 2 weeks in the south I know it may be unfair to give a review on another BBQ place compared to the simply unforgettable BBQ we were fortunate enough to stumble upon down there. Anyhow, my family of 4 went in for lunch anticipating some delicious food. Unfortunately, at best it was ok. The meats; chopped, pulled,... More

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