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“Good BBQ, Excellent filipino store.”
Review of Balan's Smoked BBQ

Balan's Smoked BBQ
Ranked #25 of 133 Restaurants in New Castle
Cuisines: Barbecue
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Reviewed October 11, 2011

This place is a take-out smoked BBQ/filipino store owned by a nice filipino lady. There aren't much filipino stores to find in DE, and if one pops up, they usually don't stay long; so it's nice to see this one surviving. We buy our nostalgia goods here, especially the snacks!

This place is a bit hidden, it is behind the valero gas station just before the stop light. Though, during weekends, it seems that they're cooking heavily because you can't miss the smoke. trust me. You'll also find that they carry some traditional filipino dishes which are usually placed on the front counter warmers. She says, one popular filipino dish that even non-filipinos get is the beef stew which then i had to try and it's awesome! ..w/ the big chunks of super soft beef.. a lil too pricey if bought by containers though. As for their BBQ I'm not big on theirs. I do enjoy their beef brisket sandwich occasionally, as well as the Kabobs, which is has a hefty amount of meat ~pork is my favorite. She put up a couple of picnic tables outside if you decide to eat there but it's really a take out place, there's really no appealing scenery to enjoy your meal in. I think the owner is practical for getting what she needs just enough to sell her goods and serve nice quality food w/o all the frou frou stuff. I think she just needs a better sign outside & a lighter door, cuz that thing is so freakin' hard to open!

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3  Thank mochi b
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Reviewed July 22, 2011

My husband and I have passed this roadside BBQ stand several times on Route 13, on our way to the New Castle Farmer's Market. Early in the morning, when we pass by, you can smell the BBQ Smoker at work. It smells divine & really makes you hungry. After smelling it a few times, we vowed to stop in here one day for lunch.

So, the other day we passed by on our way back from the farmers market again. This time we decided to stop. From the outside it just looks like an old car repair shop. You can see the BBQ smoker next to the road & a small picnic table out front. It doesn't look like anything special, but the smell is very enticing.

Once inside, we were a little worried. It looked like an old run down quickie-mart. There were some refrigerated & freezer cases filled with various items. It was very dark inside & just looked a little dingy. It didn't look dirty, but definately needs some sprucing up! There was an ordering counter with a menu posted on the wall & a few trays of meat on the countertop behind the ordering counter. There was one lady working the counter & a gentleman outside next to the BBQ smoker. There was NO inside dining & only the one or two picnic tables outside. Really the place was nothing special to look at.

Inside we looked at the menu that consisted of ribs, short beef ribs, bbq pork & chicken kabobs, chickens, chicken wings, turkey legs/wings, beef brisket, pulled chicken, pulled pork, kielbasa, spare rib sandwich, smoked Italian sausage & a few side items (potato salad, cole slaw, macaroni salad). You could order the shredded meat by the pound as well as by the sandwich. We also saw tamales laying in the countertop. We decided to try the pulled pork sandwich ($4.50) & the bbq chicken kabob ($2.50). However, the lady told us she did NOT have any chicken kabobs at that time. So we ended up just getting a pulled pork sandwich to-go. Within minutes we were being handed our sandwich rolled up in aluminum foil.

Overall our experience with Balan's was OK. The building is nothing to look at. I think it could use some sprucing up inside. It really had us worried. The outside picnic table was nice, but they need more. They only have one, maybe two picnic tables. The sandwich was GOOD & that is what mattered most! The sandwich was decent in size for the price & the flavor was good. It was just a tad smoky & the bbq sauce was pretty good. It was not too tangy or sweet. Plus they were generous with the amount of sauce on the sandwich. The meat was a little tough since it was big chunks of meat instead of finely shredded. But, we still enjoyed it. IF you want a good BBQ sandwich for the road, it is a good stop. IF you want a dining room, frills OR a waitress...then keep on driving. Since you can order meat by the pound, it might be a good place to get BBQ for a picnic or family event/party. We will visit it again as the food was good, but we hope to see some improvement in the atmosphere & interior space next time.

Note: OPENS EARLY--open at 10am weekdays (9am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday). Closes at 7pm daily (except 8pm on Friday & Saturday).

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3  Thank daisyferret1
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