One of the great challenges of urban life is where to put your grill. If you’re lucky, you’ve got a tiny yard for tiny barbecues. If not, you can now head to Back Deck, a new restaurant in Downtown Crossing from Fajitas and ’Ritas founder Bradley Fredericks and chef Paul Sussman (Daddy-O’s).
The restaurant has three charcoal grills, and burgers (beef or turkey) are just the beginning of what gets cooked on them. Back Deck’s menu includes grilled wings, chicken livers, and squid. There are grilled salmon Cobb salads, grilled lamb kofta with yogurt-cucumber sauce, grilled duck sausage with mashed potatoes, and grilled Moroccan chicken kebabs. Larger plates include a catch of the day with green apple coleslaw and fries, beer-can chicken, and a cowboy steak rubbed with chili and coffee, served with grilled corn on the cob and chimichurri sauce. Desserts include s’mores constructed with house-made graham crackers and espresso marshmallows.
Don’t come looking for pulled pork and ribs, though. Back Deck is not a barbecue restaurant. It’s a restaurant designed to evoke a backyard barbecue. The interior looks like someone’s deck, with planters, lights that resemble umbrellas, retractable windows, and a mural depicting a barbecue that actually takes place outside.
But this is New England, and an indoor cookout has distinct advantages. You can have one during a nor’easter. And no one has to see you in your grease-stained “Kiss the Cook” apron.
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