Mighty Quinn’s Brings Killer BBQ To Clifton

Spare ribs at Mighty Quinn.
Spare ribs at Mighty Quinn.
Mighty Quinn’s BBQ, the slow-cooked BBQ darling of NYC featured on the New York Times list of the 10 Best Restaurants of 2013, has opened its first restaurant outside of NYC in Clifton (Christos Gourmos, Mighty Quinn’s co-founder, was born and raised in Jersey).

Mighty Quinn's BBQ 13-seat restaurant open in Clifton.
Mighty Quinn’s BBQ 13-seat restaurant open in Clifton.
Mighty Quinnʼs chef/co-founder Hugh Mangum marries the BBQ traditions of Texas and the Carolinas to create the restaurant’s slow, slow good, wood smoked Texalina Barbeque. Mighty Quinn’s offers a fast casual menu (you order, then carry to table) with plenty of meat and beer/wine to wash it down at its 130-seat restaurant in Clifton at The Promenade Shops.

Mighty fans include Bobby Flay who proclaimed it the best slow-cooked BBQ in NY, and loved the sides, too, like sweet potato casserole with maple and pecans and a buttermilk broccoli salad with bacon and almonds.

What we tried and liked: Brisket, pulled pork and sweet potato sides were crowd faves. Smokey, soy glazed wings studded with sesame seeds also good. (All entrees are under $9, except for Brontosaurus Rib).

The Brontosaurus Rib at Mighty Quinn's
The Brontosaurus Rib at Mighty Quinn’s: Two pounds of meat with bone, $23, meant to be shared.

Mighty Quinn’s BBQ, 850 Route 3 West, Clifton, (973) 777-8340

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24 COMMENTS

  1. YES!! I spend a good portion of my summer watching the smoke rise from my smoker, on the large deck of my Palatial Estate in UPPER Montclair (some call it research– summers off is VERY HARD work for we educators, you know).

    And having braved an end of the world storm rising over the Mississippi at the World’s BBQ Championship in Memphis (“Memphis in May”), dealing with the parking in Clifton will be a welcome departure.

    Who’s coming?

  2. I tried some of their brisket at their stand at the Brooklyn Smorgasboard Flea Market deal and it was AMAZING. I will be trying this place as soon as I humanly can!

  3. This looks great. But for those readers who aren’t as wealthy as I am, I wish the menu had some prices!

  4. This looks great. But for those readers who aren’t as wealthy as I am, I wish the menu had some prices!

    Cro – will add to story as their online menu didn’t show prices, but all entrees are $9 or under — except for the Brontosaurus Rib.

  5. Yes Liz, I linked to the on-line menu and saw that there are no prices listed.

    Of course, it doesn’t matter to me. But not everyone is as well-heeled as moi!

  6. This “if you have to ask” line is one of the biggest pieces of BS people throw around.

    Sotheby’s lists an estate in La Jolla at 25 mil, but “if you have to ask”.

    Me? Even though I’m loaded, I expect menus to have prices and I expect servers to tell you the price of specials.

    Not difficult.

  7. L went to their website and got a menu with prices – just click around and you’ll find it. For example, brisket is $8.85 a serving or $22 per pound. Ribs are $8.95/serving or $23/rack.

  8. Uh…. New money always wants to “explain” their habits.

    I don’t bother to ask, because I don’t need to.

    As for Sotheby’s, I’ve been faithful to Christie’s. And when I saw the Palatial Estate in UPPER Montclair, I didn’t really care about the price. The delight on mrs. prof’s face told me it was ours.

    But keep on asking. I wouldn’t want you to order something and end up washing dishes.

  9. In keeping with the semi-humorous tale of the rib-smokin’, bike-ridin’, hip-hop dancin’, college-kid understandin’, teacher-confrontin’, 24/7 bloggin’ character you’ve invented for yourself, we’ll now add the “I don’t care what it costs” consumerin’ aspect.

    But we really all know that you’re looking for loose change in the couch most of the time, don’t we?

  10. Now, don’t rush to answer with yet more witticisms, prof. I’m off to Applebee’s for the Early Bird Special.

    Maybe I’ll meet you at the salad bar again?

  11. We went there last night. Lone was out the front door, but we only waited 15 minutes in line. Prices were very reasonable … from $7 to $9 for a single serving entrée. Sides were $3 for small, $5.50 for medium. Soda was $1.50, bottled beer $6, draft beer $7. Don’t know about wine, but they had it.

    Food was excellent. Everyone likes what they got (and we all tasted each others’ dishes). Brisket, pulled pork, sausage, wings, BBQ chicken — all great. Sides were good too — one member of the party said that the sweet potato side was one of the best dishes they have ever eaten. Baked beans, sweet and salty. Edamame was good, and quite interesting as there was some interesting spice I wasn’t sure what it was. Fries were only average, but fine.

    Service was great — employees were friendly and responsive.

    The only drawback is that they ran out of ribs at 6pm, but staff said it was growing pains and estimated its popularity incorrectly.

    Very highly recommended.

  12. Tried it. No better than “okay.” Barbecue for folks who don’t usually eat a lot of barbecue. (Meaning, I guess, folks from Montclair.) Had the pulled pork (the usual test for barbecue) and the sausage. The meat was woefully un-seasoned and the sausage, a server told me, was hot Italian-style sausage they bought locally and then smoked themselves. Well,that wouldn’t play down Texas or SC way. And the sauce (the ONE kind available) was one-dimensional.
    I think you’re in trouble when the ginger ale is spicier than the barbecue sauce. Didn’t try the brisket, which admittedly looked good. But if you’ve spent some time in states where barbecued meat is taken seriously, this really doesn’t (yet?) pass muster. Without improvement,I give it no more than a year, and the last six months not at full capacity.

  13. I dunno, Cathar, maybe it’s hit or miss. We were in San Antonio late last summer and took a day trip to Lockhart. (Would’ve loved to go to Austin and try Aaron Franklin’s place but it was do that one only, or go to Lockhart. ::sigh::) We visited Black’s, Smitty’s, and Kreuz Market. Black’s was out of this world–the best brisket I’ve ever had. But Kreuz was a disappointment, and they’re supposedly legendary. So every bbq joint can have an off day, IMHO. Anyway…last night we went to Mighty Quinn’s. The line was enormous, but moved pretty quickly. I wore my Black’s T-shirt Just Because, and the crew chopping up the brisket noticed immediately. When I asked for all the little teeny chopped-up bits that were on the cutting board, they obliged. I’d say that brisket was on par with the best of what we had in Lockhart. I think the trick that non-regular-eaters of bbq need to know is that you should ask for *moist* brisket. The hubby, who is dying to enter the competition circuit and thinks he can put up his brisket against anyone else’s, was thoroughly pleased. (The pulled pork was also very tasty, but I don’t eat that as much so I can’t compare it to other similar product.) I’m looking forward to a return visit–the wings and all the sides sound fantastic, but I wanted to concentrate on the MEAT for our first meal. 🙂

  14. Croiag: “In keeping with the semi-humorous tale of the rib-smokin’, bike-ridin’, hip-hop dancin’, college-kid understandin’, teacher-confrontin’, 24/7 bloggin’ character you’ve invented for yourself, we’ll now add the “I don’t care what it costs” consumerin’ aspect.

    But we really all know that you’re looking for loose change in the couch most of the time, don’t we?”

    Damn you are seriously funny. Awesome! Your other posts here were pretty good too. Thank you my friend.

    This place isn’t good. It’s fantastic. I’ve had BBQ all over the country, this is among the best I’ve ever had. Three people: One pound of the best brisket to share between two people and included pickled sides ($22), killer wings, a craft beer, a soda, side of yams (wow were they good!), 36 bucks. Leftover brisket to take home. What an asset this place is.

  15. Looking forward to trying it out, batmanjammies. The prices sound pretty reasonable. Folks who aren’t in the prof’s 1% category have to watch their pennies, you know!

    It is surely not the healthiest option but damn is it good!

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