Texas-style brisket was likewise braised without losing bite; the half-pound mound of neatly sliced meat arrived draped over mashed potatoes and was boosted by bourbon-spiked demi-glace. And we went "whole hog" with a main course of North Carolina pulled pork over a raft of Texas toast, with pit beans and coleslaw on the side. The slow-cooked meat possessed a vivid vinegar tang and a bit of heat.

As at Fin, details were missed. Those pit beans were delectably campfire-flavored — smoky, not too sweet — but needed more time on the stove. The slaw was standard at best. Dry, crumbly corn bread that precedes each dinner tasted as though made the day before.

Diners looking for less than a large platter of food can opt for burgers, a pulled pork or brisket sandwich, or a beef, pork, or brisket slider. The burger was a beaut: nine ounces of Brandt natural ground beef on a homemade onion-potato bun.

Q American Barbeque's blueberry buckle
Q American Barbeque's blueberry buckle

There are just a few wines offered, but barbecue begs for beer, and Q queues up drafts such as Pabst Blue Ribbon, Shiner Bock from Texas (you don't see that in these parts very often), and about 15 bottled brews and microbrews.

All-American desserts are apple crumble, brownie, chocolate pudding, and a blueberry buckle of densely buttery pound cake capped with the namesake fruit.

Chefs Brian Bell and Ervin Bryant orchestrate the two restaurants via the same center kitchen; Bell hails from Texas, and Bryant has been with Jonathan for 11 years. We're grateful Eismann resisted chef-ing up the barbecue via fussy mango glazes or lemongrass infusions, yet at the same time, we wouldn't mind seeing him produce the sort of coleslaw that Shorty's never could.

That said, Q American Barbeque's fare is fresh, brimming with authentic flavors, and priced at family-friendly levels (all starters under $10, entrées under $25, desserts just $6). Each of Eismann's latest ventures succeeds at what it tries to be. If you're looking for bar scene and barbecue, Q is for you. Those who prefer a romantic Nantucket interlude: Fin.

View our Fin and Q American Barbeque slide show.

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