**** THIS RESTAURANT IS PERMANENTLY CLOSED ****
Are you marooned in southwestern Connecticut and craving St. Louis ribs, Texas brisket, or North Carolina pulled pork? Wilson’s Real Pit Barbeque, a tiny joint on the Post Road in Fairfield, is a good place to go. While its slogan is “Bringing the South…North,” the menu includes barbecue dishes from around the country along with a panoply of such soul-food sides as collard greens and cornbread and peach cobbler for dessert.
It’s the real deal. Nothing I’ve tasted at Wilson’s eclipses barbecue in its natural habitat, but the big shreds of pulled pork are velvet-soft and elegant as pulled pork ought to be; the sliced brisket is redolent of smoke flavor; collards and mac ‘n’ cheese are exemplary. While the food is a worthy ode to America’s barbecue bounty, it should be noted that prices reflect the urban Northeast. A full meal, including drink and dessert, can easily reach $30.
Open only Thursday through Sunday, the restaurant is minuscule and almost always extremely crowded. Take-out service is quick and easy.