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Smokin' Jake's House of BBQ

3102 Halifax Rd, South Boston, VA 24592-4926
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Ranked #12 of 39 Restaurants in South Boston
Cuisines: Barbecue
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- Jun 20, 2014
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Blowing Rock, NC
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88 reviews 88 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014 via mobile

Stopped for lunch while on a road trip. Casual, spacious interior, welcoming hostess and excellent service. Superb shredded chicken BBQ. Yummy sides all around the table. (cole slaw, collards, succotash, hush puppies). Decent pecan pie (although I don't like whipped cream on my pie). The only damper to the meal was my trip to the bathroom. While everything looked "clean,"... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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42 reviews 42 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

This was my second visit to Smokin' Jakes, but my first to dine-in. We went for Mother's Day lunch and were very happy with our visit. The food is really good all the way around. We were very happy with the BBQ, sides, burger and smoked sausage that was had by all in our party. The customer service was excellent... More

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150 reviews 150 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

Excellent cheeseburger in this primarily ribs & bbq place. Lots of locals and good burgers but pretty quiet when we were there and the staff wasn't especially friendly.

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Alton, Virginia
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

Before I started working here i ate there and the food was amazing! I am so addicted to the delicous homemade fries and the backyard burgers are juicy....cant noboday beat smokin jakes bbq!

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Brookneal, Virginia
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61 reviews 61 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

On a whim, we decided to try Smokin' Jakes. We were in the mood for BBQ, but were disappointed to discover that they only have one kind of BBQ sauce- vinegar based. Now, they'll tell you they have an "East Coast" sauce and a "West Coast" sauce, but they are both vinegar based- one has more spice- that's it. They... More

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Oak Park, Illinois
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117 reviews 117 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

Went there for a late lunch at about 3 PM. Place was pretty empty. Not very clean, sticky surfaces and musty smell. Ordered pulled pork and found it very blah. Almost no sauce. Baked beans had a peculiar taste. Coleslaw not very good either. On the other hand, hush puppies were quite good. I couldnot eat most of the fare... More

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7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

Start by saying the food is good. The ribs are above average--yummy french fries & hush puppies. Though it is not a fancy place--you order at the counter and food is brought to you by very attentive wait staff. You get your own drinks & refills. The menu is not very extensive--pretty much a good BBQ place to eat. So... More

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Clarksville, Virginia
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

Best BBQ, hushpuppies and slaw! And if you like real brewed iced tea, do yourself a favor and try theirs! Just like my momma used to make. I can almost taste it now. Daily specials are inexpensive and we had plenty of food. Service was fast and very courteous. Owners are super great, hard working people. A lot of atmosphere... More

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Richmond, Virginia
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2012

Our family tried Smokin Jakes twice and both times after placing our order at the counter, the wait was so long (around 30 minutes) and it was not that crowded! Food was good, a little on the pricey side ($8.97 for BBQ plate, 2 small sides and a few hush puppies), nice log cabin decor--just a very long wait.

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130 reviews 130 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012 via mobile

Must admit I have high BBQ standards. The pulled pork was pretty good with a good smoked flavor and the vinegar based sauce was good. The ribs lacked a lot as there was very little if any smoked flavor. Ribs appears to have been boiled and then seasoning added. They were tender but disappointing otherwise. Not many restarauants are willing... More

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