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At long last, Maple Tree BBQ in Riverhead has graduated from deli to restaurant in most ways.
True, you still have to order at the counter. And dinnerware is disposable plastic. But your food will be brought to your table when its ready. And the newly remodeled place now offers beer, wine and hard cider, with drink orders taken at the table.
Chef-owner Kevin Judges menu includes smoked chicken chili ($3.99 cup; $4.99 bowl), North Carolina BBQ pulled pork ($6 sandwich; $9 platter), Texas brisket of beef ($8 sandwich; $11 platter) and a St. Louis-style BBQ rib platter ($12). You get two sides with each platter. Choices include hand-cut fries, smoked baked beans, mac and cheese and healthier options such as rainbow slaw and a quinoa salad with pistachios, kale and apricots.
A seasonal menu, geared toward St. Patricks day, runs through March 23 and includes a salmon cake ($6), corned beef and cabbage ($12), a half-rack of lamb chops ($15) and, on Friday and Saturday only, a smoked leg of lamb with Jameson demiglaze ($15). Finish with either pineapple upside-down cake or chocolate blackout cake ($3 each).
Maple Tree BBQ is at 820 W. Main St., Riverhead, 631-727-2819, mapletreebbq.com