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Texas BBQ comes to Boston

With Sweet Cheeks, Tiffani Faison brings her Southern barbecue up North

If there is an element of Boston that questions how or where a Texas-style barbecue joint could fit into this region of lobster, shrimp, and chowder, you won’t find Tiffani Faison included among the skeptics. And that’s not just because the chef, at 35 a veteran on the Boston food scene who was a runner-up on the first season of “Top Chef,’’ happens to be opening a Texas-style barbecue joint here.

“It’s because I know what it’s like to feel out of place but know deep down inside that when people got to know me they’d get me,’’ she says.

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