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Riverhead: Cody’s BBQ is open

Cody's BBQ and Grill opened in August 2011

Cody's BBQ and Grill opened in August 2011 in downtown Riverhead. Credit: Cody's BBQ and Grill

Cody’s BBQ and Grill, the newest entry in the Riverhead culinary renaissance, opened for business last week. (Already open and recommended: Dark Horse, Turkuaz and The Riverhead Project.)

Cody’s, named for Buffalo Bill Cody, is owned by Richard Gherardi and Victor Prusinowski. Gherardi also owns the building, which used to house Casa Rica and, before that, Michael’s at the Boardwalk. To create a menu and get up to speed on their brand-new Southern Pride SPK-500 commercial smoker, the pair hired a barbecue consultant, Konrad Haskins, a champion pitmaster who trains chefs through his BBQ Institute.

The menu’s pretty straight-ahead barbecue: ribs, chicken, brisket, pulled pork and chicken, smoked chicken and kielbasa (in a nod to Riverhead) and “BBQ grilled shrimp.” Appetizers hover around $10, sandwiches and entrees between $12 and $20, with most under $15. Combo platters range between $23 and $28. Sides ($3.95 for regular, $6.95 for the whole table) include fries, baked beans, mac ’n' cheese, cornbread.

The restaurant has a Country-Western-themed decor. The bar’s got local beers and flat-screen televisions. Look forward to line-dancing classes in the near future.

Cody’s BBQ and Grill is open Sunday to Thursday, 4 to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, noon to 1 a.m. It’s at 65 E. Main St., Riverhead, 631-284-9520.

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