Quick Info: Chiavetta’s BBQ Take Out is a fast service BBQ restaurant located in Lockport. The location also serves as Chiavetta’s primary catering location but also offers food that is available to go or can be eaten at their small dining room. They have about half a dozen sides and three BBQ meats (Ribs, 1/2 Chickens and Pulled Pork). Their prices range from $1 to $8 for sides and $4 to $21 for BBQ entrees/dinners. It’s open seven days a week from 11am to 6pm (Sunday through Wednesday) and 11am to 7pm (Thursday through Saturday).
Our Meal: After calling ahead to reserve an order of pulled pork and chicken (it’s recommended on their website), we took the long drive down the 990 to Chiavetta’s. Located right off Transit, we could smell the food grilling outside long before we pulled up. The shop is very simple. Place your order at the counter (cafeteria style), pick out your sides and find your own seat or take the food home.
We arrived an hour before they closed and found that most of the sides were gone or near gone. Still, we managed to order something that we wanted. Alli ordered the half chicken dinner and added coleslaw and macaroni salad ($8.50), while I ordered the pulled pork dinner with coleslaw and mac and cheese. Alli’s chicken was just as delicious and you’ve remembered from your local church/fire department fundraiser. The vinegar based marinade kept the chicken juicy with a sour kick. We managed to eat every last bit of meat before we left. The macaroni salad was decent and the coleslaw was a little heavy on the mayo. My pulled pork sandwich was gigantic, a heaping piled of pulled pork was placed on a non toasted hamburger roll. The flavor of the pulled pork on it’s own was pretty generic, the texture was a little too wet and I had to add some of their smokey bbq sauce to each bite for some extra flavor. I happened to order the last mac and cheese available and it tasted that way, it had solidified and wasn’t ideal.
Summary: I realize that the location isn’t in the most accessible area and their weekday hours can be limiting for some, but if you have a craving Chiavetta’s chicken this is a great way to get your fix. Most WNYer’s know what they can expect with Chiavetta’s and I’m happy to say, their take-out location matches that standard of quality. The sides are ok, but skip the pulled pork and order a second 1/2 chicken for just $5.
Dish You Have to Order: You’re really only going there for the chicken, come on.