My family ate at the Smokehouse BBQ last night. First off, I would like say I am not angry with our experience there... so there are no chips on my shoulders about this place.
The service wasn't horrible. The waitress was pleasant enough, which regrettably is difficult to find now-a-days. We love BBQ, particularily smoked meat, southern BBQ including dry rubs and (apparently moderately used) BBQ sauce. We like BBQ when the meat we are eating has SOME presence. We also like BBQ when the flavours added compliment the meat or help bring out the flavor of the meat, not overpower it.
We had the Nachos as an appetizer which weren't that bad once we managed to get through the copious amount of overpoweringly sweet BBQ sauce that they overdosed on. I had the Bacon Bomb and was severely disappointed. I got maybe 2 oz of meat on a huge bun that was once again drowning in the same bbq sauce. I couldn't even taste the meat. My husband had the Po Boy which I will admit you could taste the fish, but once again the portion size compared to the size of the bun was severly out of balance. To get an idea, the meat portion sizes were equatable to the size of a mcdonalds beef patty. My husband got one on his Po Boy and I got 2 on my Bacon Bomb. The bun sizes were Kaiser buns (at least mcdonalds makes smaller buns to make it look like you get more meat). I will admit the Brisket was smoked very nicely (once again after we got around all the BBQ sauce). We did not experience the pulled pork except for on the Nachos but I cannot comment on it as it too was drowning in BBQ sauce.
I ordered the Mac & Cheese on the side and it tasted like plain noodles. It looked like it had a bare sprinkle of parmesan on it. I was also disappointed that every meal (that we ordered) came with beans and dry coleslaw. We didn't have the option of switching them out for a different side... but of course for an extra charge we could add more sides (a dirty way of getting people to spend more money to make more profit). We paid over $15/pp to receive portions smaller than a fast food restaurant.
This business desperately needs to rethink it's menu, allow people side options instead of forcing us to order more, rethink portion sizes (way too pricey for a couple of ounces of meat) and offer more than just 1 BBQ sauce (sugar is great for carmelization but I don't want BBQ sauce dessert). I encourage the owner (and the lady from the south that reviewed this restaurant for that matter) to go to Baby Blues to get a better feel for how real BBQ is.
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