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“A great little pub!”
Review of Smokin BBQ - CLOSED

Smokin BBQ
Price range: $5 - $25
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Good for: Special occasions, Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: SMOKIN' BBQ HAS MOVED TO THE STREET BEHIND THE MALECON, REFERRED TO BY GRINGOS AS 2ND STREET. DO NOT BE FOOL BY THE OLD PLACE ON THE MALECON ATTEMPTING TO IMITATE SMOKIN' BBQ!!!! The only Texas Barbeque and Down Home Country Cookin' that can not be found in Salinas! THE Best Hamburgers& French Fries in Salinas, as well as THE COLDEST Beer!!! Come on in and enjoy the good food, cold beers and great people.
Reviewed August 20, 2014

We visited Smoken BBQ several times while on vacation in Salinas. The food was great, the service was good and the beer was cold! We enjoyed chatting with other expats and Gary and his staff were friendly and welcoming.

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Thank CTatomir
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Reviewed August 6, 2014

My wife and I spent 3 days in Salinas and had a few meals here at Smokin BBQ. The owners are very friendly and the restaurant attracts quite a large expat crowd each day. The beer is nice and cold, the serving sizes of all the meals are large, and yes they do serve the best coffee in town.

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Reviewed July 26, 2014 via mobile

Seems like people are friendly, but mostly the to the people they already know. The price is ok, I don't think I will come back cause I don't feel welcomed.

1  Thank Albamaria E
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Kathryn V, Owner at Smokin BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded August 8, 2014

I am so sorry that you did not feel welcome. I have been observing since your post and yes, we do tend to spend more time with our friends than with everyone else. I will talk with the bar staff and see if we can not change that. Thank you for bringing this to our attention!

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Reviewed July 12, 2014

The food was okay and there was a lot of it, so if you're hungry, go for it! It was on the malecon with a view of the beach, but nothing special.

1  Thank Susan D
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Kathryn V, Owner at Smokin BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded August 8, 2014

Since we are an American restaurant, I take that as a compliment!!! Thank you!!!!

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Reviewed June 30, 2014

Smokin' BBQ has a perfect location on the malecon. If you're pining for some Texas BBQ, then you've come to the right place. Great soups and sandwiches. Breakfasts are outstanding too, and they make the best coffee in town. Situated right across the street from Salinas Beach, there is always a cool breeze and a beautiful view. This is also an expat hot spot, so if you're a newcomer looking for tips and advice, you can make connections here. Gary and Kathryn host specials one or two nights a week, and the Salinas expat coffee klatch makes rounds here. CNN is usually on the television mornings, if you're missing some drama from home. Great chef, friendly staff, and casual laid-back atmosphere. Just can't say enough good things about this place.

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Thank Karen L
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