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“Just Right”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of TheSmoke

TheSmoke
Ranked #3 of 116 Restaurants in Collingwood
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $21
Cuisines: American, Bar, Barbecue, Canadian
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Good for: Kids, Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: TheSmoke has taken BBQ to a Whole New Level. From traditional award winning BBQ such as succulent Smoked Ribs, Beef Brisket, Chicken and Pulled Pork to Non Traditional BBQ such as Smoked Trout, Smoked Balls of Meat, Smoked Burgers and Smoked Ice Cream. Everything is made from scratch on the premises from the Chef's own recipes. Recently filmed for the Food Network Show, "You Gotta Eat Here" Season 4, with Host John Catucci, tells you we are doing something right. We have also won many awards, including the People's Choice Award for Collingwood's Taste of The Town, two years in a row. Our menu offers creative BBQ Sandwiches, like a Wild Boar Bacon Lettuce, Tomato and Smoked Cheddar Sandwich (WBBTLC) on grilled Sourdough, to our "Cow Meats Pig" Sandwich (basically and Beef Brisket sandwich on top of their Pulled Pork sandwich. Also voted "Best Burgers" by Days Out Ontario, with their smoked Beef, Turkey or Salmon Burgers, or the Poutine Burger, Pig on a Patty or Wholly Cow. Don't leave out the other mains, like Smoked Salmon, Trout, Wings, Brisket, Pulled Pork and Bacon Wrapped Loaf of Meat. And pick one or two sides from Sweet Potato Fries, Mac n Cheese, BBQ Beans (a 24 hour process to make), Salads and more. In addition to dine in, and take out, we also have take home. Most of the meats are smoked and fully cooked, individually cry-o-vacked, ready to take home and re-heat. From Full racks of Pork Back Ribs, Smoked Burgers, Trout, Bacon and More. Everything is made in house, and full of flavour. Five house made BBQ sauces are at the table to play with, and purchase to take home
Toronto, Canada
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“Just Right”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2013

I am not from Collingwood but i come through for sports with my children several times a month.
I have been to TheSmoke about 5 times now and each time I have gone it continues to be an enjoyable experience.
I have read some of the reviews for TheSmoke on this trip advisor and must say Tisk Tisk to most of you negative people. This is a lovely place to come and enjoy smoked and bbq meats. I have spoken to the Chef/ Owner once before and he is a very well educated and humble man considering the undertaking he has done with a restaurant of this style. Everything is made fresh, so if items run out, they run out, the alternative is the disgusting prepared and frozen foods you get at every other "chain" restaurant. So to those that complain about items not being on the menu, poo. The servers were very kind and did their jobs well every time i have been in. Granted this place does get very busy so not everyone can get the best service possible but not once have i had an unapologetic server when it has been a little longer for items.
What I suggest is that each person that wishes to visit TheSmoke with an open mind. If you go in looking for a bad experience, that's usually what you will get. There are two sides to every coin, some guests i have seen there are not always the nicest. One customer almost reduced a perfectly wonderful and helpful server to tears, and i felt inclined to tip her more generously since the awful man and his wife didn't bother to tip and demand a reduction on their bill because his wife failed to alert the kitchen of her own allergy.
Over all I would suggest giving this place a try, its worth the trip! The 90% of people on this site only come to be negative for the sake of being negative. Keep an open mind always.

  • Visited February 2013
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Cam D, Owner at TheSmoke, responded to this review, July 24, 2013
Thank you Lenora. I wish more people had your open mind.

Cheers,

Cam
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Toronto, Canada
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“FLAWLESS!!!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2013

Very tasty, fast friendly service. Only thing I was suspect of was the platter they brought my sandwich out with, I think they need to have a paper sleeve between the platter and food. Imo it looks cold and unsanitary. Over all, the pulled pork sandwich was amazing and would be inclined to drive 200 km back to Collingwood to try more of their menu.

  • Visited June 2013
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Collingwood, Canada
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“Over blown and unimpressed.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2013

Really disappointed. Food is somewhat unique but you may never get it. Service was painfully slow and mostly inattentive. The quality of the food does not balance the awful service to justify the cost. You'll find better of both elsewhere in Collingwood.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank Adam599
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Woodstock, Canada
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“Delicious!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2013

We dined at The Smoke while vacationing in Collingwood and we were impressed! Although it took a little long for our food to arrive - it was definitely worth the wait! I'm not much of a sandwich-lover but the Pulled Pork sandwich was delicious! We would definitely go back to try other options if we're ever in Collingwood again.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank stampingmom2001
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Toronto, Canada
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“Excellent bbq”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2013

I was recently up in Collingwood on business and went here for a quiet dinner. I arrived early before the crowds and chose the patio. This place fills up fast after 6. I had the half ribs, dry rub. Try the four sauces that are provided at the table. Delicious. One small trifle - they say it comes with cornbread. Its very good cornbread but an incredibly tiny portion. Come on - its good - make it a bigger portion. Everyone does. I definitely would go back to try other items on the menu.

  • Visited June 2013
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