If you are talking about Pierce's Pitt BBQ in Williamsburg, I am a fan. Well, I should say that I think their bbq is very good, but the sides I have tried have not been very good.
I haven't paid attention to the sides. When I eat barbecue, I eat a sandwich with slaw & hush puppies, or I eat a plate with slaw, hush puppies, and greens. On occasion I will opt for some 'nanner puddin'. Anything beyond that & I don't care. A restaurant could offer a sandwich with slaw, a sandwich without slaw, and a plate, with the only sides being hush puppies, slaw, & greens, and I'd think they were geniuses.
Talk about stripped down to its' essence, that's my perspective on barbecue. Meat, bun, & hush puppies are pretty much it for me.