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“OMG - great ribs”

Dam Smoker Barbeque
Ranked #3 of 20 Restaurants in Umatilla
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Barbecue
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Astor, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
48 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“OMG - great ribs”
Reviewed August 28, 2012

Umatilla? BBQ should be the first thing you think of when you hear of a town with a name life that. We went into town for a Dog Hunters BBQ (don't laugh) and their didn't look very good. Umatilla reputably had several good BBQ joints. We hadn't tried The "DAM" Smoker so we decided to go. SO GLAD! The place is just what a Q joint should be - walk up window, pisgs with bandanas and roosters, welcome bikers sign, barn for karaoke out back, paper towels on the table and squeeze bottles of sauce in beer holders. Order and seat yourself (the city guy had some trouble with that, he waited to be seated than waited for a waitress before he noticed people walking to tables with their food) The ribs are amazing. Not much of a dry rub and naked. But tender and flavor-able, not greasy. Fall off the bone. The sweet and hot sauces were enjoyable, on the NC thin side. A smokey taste, but not that big red ring so many prize. I plan on taking the long way home to order a $20 slab to go. The sides were okay. No fries. One of the owners stopped by and greeted all the tables. Most he knew by name. It is a one lane drive, so you might have to be neighborly and let the person trying to leave go first. If you are out Umatilla way, stop by the "DAM" Smoker for some ribs!

  • Visited August 2012
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English first
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23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“great bar b que!”
Reviewed March 20, 2012

Great ribs and sauce. Outdoor and indoor seating. Order at the window and enjoy.

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Umatilla, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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“Excellent southern bar-b-cue.”
Reviewed February 2, 2012

The food was very good and resonably priced. We especially enjoyed the bar-b-cue ribs, The service was very fast and the staff was friendly.

Visited December 2011
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Rochester, New York
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“Dam Fine BBQ”
Reviewed January 15, 2012

We first discovered the Dam Smoker while we were living abroad and coming back annually to visit family in the area. Now, every trip to the area includes a much-anticipated visit to the Dam Smoker.

The full slab of pork ribs with 2 sides is the way to go but it's a lot of food! The ribs are fall-off-the-bone tender, nice smoke ring and your choice of 4 different sauces, with bottles right on the table to help yourself, to enhance your experience. Several choices for your sides (big containers full) - we always go for the Mac and Cheese and the Coleslaw which are quite tasty. Wash it all down with a big glass of Sweet Tea and you are good to go! Although we like to eat in and take the leftovers with us, we see lots of people getting take-out. There is BBQ chicken, pulled pork, beef and sandwiches on the menu, along with desserts - but we've never wanted anything but the ribs since we can't get those where we live.

The restaurant itself is very basic, order at the window (inside or out) and your food is brought to you. Picnic tables outside, booths and tables inside, roll of paper towels on each table, along with the sauces.

The price for this feast is quite reasonable - $24.99 + drinks. It's a bit out of the way but it's worth the trip - particularly if you are going to Mt. Dora. If we lived anywhere in the area, we would be regulars!

  • Visited November 2011
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