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 have no thick, tomato based sauce.
Even BBQ joints in NC carry other BBQ sauce because not everyone likes NC BBQ sauce.
And don't fall for this restaurant's futile effort to re-name the entire BBQ industry.
Anyone who knows their 'Q knows there's Kansas City Sweet, SC Mustard, East Carolina, West Carolina(Lexington) , Texas, Alabama, Kentucky Black, Tennessee Whiskey, Louisianna Hot, and Memphis Dry to name a few kinds of BBQ.
There is no "West Coast" BBQ rotflol.
This place's idea of BBQ is so limited it's unreal, and fairly flat tasting, according to my husband.
Hubby said his baked beans were pretty good.
I ended up having the BLT (I think the only thing on the menu that does not come with vinegar sauce already on it).
I could see that they use high quality ingredients, but with only ONE SLICE of smallish tomato per half of the sandwich, this BLT was a sorry disappointment.
I mean, really?
What's the point of making everything on site if you are stingy with the tomato on a freakin' BLT???
So, no we won't be returning.
BBQ or BLT's- I can make much better at home.
On the plus side, their serve staff is extremely attentive, friendly,and polite.
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