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“Drive on by - not worth stopping” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Smokin' Q

The Smokin' Q
Ranked #4 of 4 Restaurants in Divide
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Seating, Takeout
Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Seating, Takeout
New England
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97 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
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“Drive on by - not worth stopping”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2009

Where to start? The parking lot is tiny (8 spaces) and you'll be happy to see the owner's Hummer taking up one of the spots.

Go inside to order - not much choice (day we were there no ribs until 2 pm). The "menus" are right by the cash register, so grab one, try to step out of the way to make your selection. Place your order, pay and then realize that you can step away from the counter, find a drink (unless they are stocking the cooler - they don't get out of the way for a paying - paid- customer), find the flatware, napkins, etc. Flatware consists of plastic spoon or fork - won't need the spoon.

Wander outside and grab a spot at the picnic table. These picnic tables were on special at Home Depot this year. Great price - great table for those 12 & under. The bench part is very low to the ground, You might get down, but may never get up. Plus, the raunchy music from the ATV rental place across the way really ads the great mountain ambiance we all want sitting next to a highway to eat.

At some point, your food is brought out to you (good thing, since you have lost all feeling in your legs from the low seating) and it's laughable (this is even before your first bite). Lots of meat and the coleslaw & beans are served in tiny little clear plastic containers (last time I saw these was when I bought mealworms). It's really too bad since the store bought coleslaw & beans are the best part of the meal. The meat must have been quickly cooked that morning (same reason no ribs until 2pm - nobody wants to come early and prepare quality food?). The meat was so tough, I could not bite a piece off. Gave up and went in to ask for a knife (I did want to eat my lunch) and was told to take another folk and pull the meat apart. They must have been kidding. Luckily, one of our party had a rather large "pocket knife" which was put to good use trimming off the side of the brisket that was all fat.

From what I could decide, a group of friends (one with a deep pocket) got together, had a few drinks and decided to open a restaurant. Unfortunately, none of them 1. knew what they were doing, 2. cared what they were doing or 3. ever sobered up.

This place will probably make it thru the summer - tourist dollars will keep it afloat, but don't expect the locals to carry it thru the winter. I will be amazed if it makes in to next summer and if no one is killed getting in/out of the parking lot or by parking on the shoulder of the highway.

I won't give this one a second chance - bad food and bad attitude of owner/staff

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