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Curtis's Barbecue

Route 5, Putney, VT - (802) 387-5474
Posted By Derek Waddington on 6/12/2008 12:24:00 PM
I didn't meet Curtis, but his staff were the rudest people I have ever dealt with in a restauarant. I arrived late and they told me I had to take the ribs to go because they wanted to clean up. I assumed that meant I shouldn't use the picnic tables. So, I had a picnic on the hood of my car with my son in the parking lot. Five minutes later an irate woman rushes out and says "the next time I tell you you have to take these to go, that means go... not eat in the parking lot." I was somewhat surprised and answer that I thought she just didn't want us using the tables so that she could clean them. She yells, "No, we want you out of here because we're trying to close up and if people see your car here, they'll think we're still open." She couldn't just have asked nicely?

By the way, the ribs were good, but a little dry around the edges. The sauce was nothing to write home about, kind of like Frank's Red Hot, but really not that hot.

Contrast all this to Dreamland Barbeque in Tuscaloosa , Alabama. I had exactly the same experience there, where I also arrived late and had to eat in the parking lot. Difference is, there, as the staff left they stopped by to chat, appologized for having to close, and hoped that I was enjoying the ribs. Short answer: they (Dreamland Barbeque) DO HAVE the best ribs I ever tasted!

In summary, if you want decent ribs, mediocre barbeque sauce and terrible courtesy stop by Curtis's, but don't stop by after 7 or they'll kick you out!

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The ribs on their grate are perpetually surrounded by a veil of delicious-smelling smoke.
"The ribs on their grate are perpetually surrounded by a veil of delicious-smelling smoke."
Michael Stern





A half-slab of ribs, painted with spicy hot sauce, ready to be pulled from the bone and savored
"A half-slab of ribs, painted with spicy hot sauce, ready to be pulled from the bone and savored"
Michael Stern


Could there be a more appropriate venue for selling Roadfood?
"Could there be a more appropriate venue for selling Roadfood?"
Michael Stern


The go-to side dish at Curtis's is the baked potato, but these beans are not to be slighted. They're very Yankee -- toothsome and not too sweet -- and yet they are soulfully saturated with flavor.
"The go-to side dish at Curtis's is the baked potato, but these beans are not to be slighted. They're very Yankee -- toothsome and not too sweet -- and yet they are soulfully saturated with flavor."
Michael Stern


Expect your clothes and hair to smell of smoke for hours after you have visited Curtis.
"Expect your clothes and hair to smell of smoke for hours after you have visited Curtis."
Michael Stern



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Donald Hecht


Curtis Tuff, at far right, tends the half-chickens on his smoky pit.
"Curtis Tuff, at far right, tends the half-chickens on his smoky pit."
Michael Stern


Full slab, collard greens, and a corn muffin.
"Full slab, collard greens, and a corn muffin."
Eric Males


Cooked the same way for over 50 years
"Cooked the same way for over 50 years"
michael sacenti


Isabel the pig, Curtis's erstwhile mascot. R.I.P.
"Isabel the pig, Curtis's erstwhile mascot. R.I.P. "
Michael Stern


Menu is simple but adequate
"Menu is simple but adequate"
michael sacenti


On a sunny day, there's no place nicer to eat ribs and chicken than at a table in the meadow that adjoins the barbecue pits.
"On a sunny day, there's no place nicer to eat ribs and chicken than at a table in the meadow that adjoins the barbecue pits."
Michael Stern


The man behind it all...
"The man behind it all..."
Valery P


Stone pigs chillin'.
"Stone pigs chillin'."
Pete Duval


Curtis offers spicy and mild sauce to go; and while the sauce is good, it's the ribs and chicken that we want to take with us when we leave.
"Curtis offers spicy and mild sauce to go; and while the sauce is good, it's the ribs and chicken that we want to take with us when we leave."
Michael Stern


Probably one of the 1st Food Trucks/Bus's
"Probably one of the 1st Food Trucks/Bus's "
michael sacenti


We never asked Curtis Tuff how he determined his place to be the 9th Wonder of the World. We were unaware that there was an Eighth!
"We never asked Curtis Tuff how he determined his place to be the 9th Wonder of the World. We were unaware that there was an Eighth! "
Michael Stern


Curtis Tuff turns chicken over his smoking fire.
"Curtis Tuff turns chicken over his smoking fire."
Michael Stern


After mascot Isabel passed away, she was succeeded by a porker named CJ. CJ seems to have inherited Isabel's energy level.
"After mascot Isabel passed away, she was succeeded by a porker named CJ. CJ seems to have inherited Isabel's energy level."
Michael Stern



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