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CJ's Smokehouse
Cuisines: American, Barbecue, Seafood
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Pensacola
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Reviewed July 20, 2005

The quality of the food has gone down hill since the new road construction and difficulty in getting to the restaurant from only one direction. Food on the buffet line looked and tasted like it had been sitting there for hours and the brisket at the carving table was 50% fat. While it was once a fair place to get a meal I'll never go back again.

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Reviewed July 10, 2005

While passing through Pensacola Florida on our way to one of the most beautiful beaches in the U.S. (Cape San Blas, FL), my family and I stopped for dinner. Checking out the advertisements in a local phonebook we found a large and colorful full page spread featuring CJ's Smokehouse that caught our attention. We noted the address and proceeded to the location. Upon entering the establishment we should have gone with our "gut feelings" and not our "gut hunger" and turned around to leave. Unfortunately, we didn't.

The food that sat on the warming tables was at the very least poor in quality and at worst old. CJ's did offer a BBQ carving station with ribs, brisket, and sausage. However, after tasting the freshly carved meats we realized that the freshness ended at the carving and not in the product itself. In short, the food is not good and the price was a rip off ($50 for a family of four). Quite frankly I've had better buffet food at a downtown cheap Vegas hotel. At least the drinks are free in Vegas.

The next time we'll go with our "gut feelings" and find our way to a more reputable buffet, like Barnhill's, where the food is fresh for the same price. We’ve definitely learned a lesson about CJ’s Smokehouse. It seems that they spent all of their money on a glitzy advertisement and didn’t bother to save any for their food. I suspect that they’ll soon realize that an ad alone will not keep bringing the customers back.

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