A preview of new restaurants
Chef Tiffani Faison, of “Top Chef’’ and Rocca fame, brings barbecue and Southern hospitality to the Fenway neighborhood. Sweet Cheeks opened in November. Loud and open, with music blasting, the restaurant is outfitted with communal high-top tables. Drinks are served in Mason jars, food on brown paper in metal trays. Pulled pork, ribs, brisket, and more are prepared in a 4,700-pound smoker. Pair them with sides such as macaroni and cheese, BBQ beans, fried okra, and coleslaw.