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“Closed too early” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Can't Stop Smokin'

Can't Stop Smokin'
418 Mechem, Ruidoso, NM 88345
575-630-0000
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Ranked #18 of 75 Restaurants in Ruidoso
Price range: $5 - $15
Cuisines: Barbecue
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night
El Paso, TX
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Closed too early”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2011

I really can't rate this restaurant as far as the food and value. But the fact that the hours posted were until 7:00 PM, and we got there at 6:14, to find this restaurant closed already was a big disappointment. When we asked the cashier and the server why, they said that they hadn't had a customer within the last hour. The problem was that there were 4 other cars that pulled into the parking lot after us. What a wasted opportunity. The only way that we could buy food was for takeout, and that didn't seem conducive to the overall atmosphere we were going for.

And we even drove by the restaurant earlier in the day to ensure that we got there before they closed because we got there too late the previous night (Sunday).

It seemed to me that they were not interested in staying open for us, and they said that it was management's decision -- bad management, indeed.

  • Visited January 2011
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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88 reviews 88 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Fresh Jerky --YUM”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2010

I'm giving it an overall average because the side dishes are not that great, nor the sauces. However, if you love jerky stop by and get some! Their red chile jerky is truly addictive -- can't get enough of that! They were out of briskett but the tri-tip smoked meat was available and was okay.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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TX
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Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
“Welcome All Carnivores”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2010

To be fair, let me say I am from Texas, so it is hard to get better barbcue than what I am used to. I would recommend Can't Stop Smokin'. NIce lunch place, lots of different meats and everyone in my group really enjoyed what they had. To be terribly critical, it seemed the like meat was a little bit dry and void of flavor without the barbcue sauce you added yourself (which was wonderful by the way). Lots of different sides to choose from. Great service, nice tables outside to eat. Give it a try, you'll enjoy it!

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Bbq isn't cheap but this is definately a...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2010 via mobile

Bbq isn't cheap but this is definately a great value! I especially recommend the sausage and the macaroni and cheese! Easy to get to... seating is more or less outside so bring a sweater in the evening! Good-eatin

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Chicago
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Good BBQ, fun atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2010

Did I just walk into a BBQ joint, or a Cheech and Chong movie set?

Walked up the counter to order our food and was greeted by a gentleman who reminded us of Tommy Chong. He complimented my skirt and recommended the brisket sandwiches and blackberry cobbler. Both were pretty good, and the brisket was complemented by a variety of house bbq sauces.

Loved the atmosphere of outdoor seating of carved wooden tables and benches.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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