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Real Southern BBQ in New England

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A Fun Place to Go
B.T.'s Smokehouse Chalkboard Bathroom

Tell me you're not already musing about the message or sketch you'd like to add the walls of the chalkboard restroom at B.T.'s Smokehouse! Be as creative as you'd like, but keep in mind: It's the restaurant's only restroom, and others may be waiting!

© 2012 Kim Knox Beckius
My 10-year-old keeps asking when we're going back to B.T.'s Smokehouse, and it's not because this top-notch BBQ spot has delicious ribs, which she loved. At B.T.'s, we also stumbled upon one of the coolest restaurant restrooms in New England. The walls are painted with chalkboard paint, and there's a bin of chalk on the back of the toilet so that visitors of all ages can harmlessly unleash their inner poetic vandal. I imagine the jottings aren't always kid-appropriate, so parents may want to duck in first before turning their little artists loose.

If you're going...

B.T.'s Smokehouse at 392 Main Street in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, is open every day except Monday year-round. Visit their Web site for current hours and the menu, and find specials and events that B.T.'s is attending on the restaurant's Facebook page. For more information, call 508-347-3188.

A few tips...

  • B.T.'s Smokehouse is BYOB, so feel free to bring along your favorite beer, wine or other spirited beverage to complement your BBQ feast. Forgot to pack a bottle or six-pack? Yankee Spirits, one of the largest liquor stores in New England, is practically next door at 376 Main Street in Sturbridge.
  • From meats by the pound to side dishes to desserts, B.T.'s Smokehouse serves up all of its southern cuisine to-go, so you may want to bring along a cooler and share a treat with BBQ lovers back home (or at least save the leftovers if you were bold enough to tackle the three-meat platter).
  • B.T.'s Smokehouse can cater your pig roast or barbecue in New England. Call 617-251-6398 for details.
  • Want to enjoy a southern-style Thanksgiving in New England? Order a 12- to 14-pound natural smoked turkey from B.T.'s Smokehouse ($80 in 2013) or an entire Thanksgiving Dinner for 10 to 12 people including bacon jalapeño stuffing, gravy, cranberry chutney and a choice of collards or mac and cheese ($160). Place your order by calling 508-347-3188.

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