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“Good food!”

Hickory BBQ Smokehouse
Ranked #24 of 209 Restaurants in Kingston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: Barbecue
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
East Fishkill, New York
Level 6 Contributor
153 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Good food!”
Reviewed April 29, 2013

Three of us ate here for lunch. We shared hush puppies appetizer, the local organic sausage appetizer, a pulled pork sandwich in a flatbread wrap, and a barbeque brisket sandwich. Each of us was very happy with the flavor and preparation of the food. The slow-cooked pork and the brisket were both juicy and properly flavorful with good crust, the hush puppies were well fried, and the sausage was particularly delicious (and the most expensive of all the items). The sides were similarly tasty for the most part. The mashed potatoes were our favorite, with our preferred amount of garlic, butter, and milk/cream. The coleslaw tasted quite good. The french fries were fried nicely but tasted bland to us, and the warm roasted potato salad was only warmly received by us even though the recipe sounded interesting (the potato had little flavor and the only thing we really tasted was the mustard).

Our order did not come out relatively quickly even for fresh-made food, but we felt it was worth the wait. The portions were large and not expensive. We were filled after eating about 2/3 of our food, and were happy to have plenty of leftovers to eat later in the day. The bill came to about $12 per person, which made the meal even more satisfying.

We liked the simple, homey, woody atmosphere of the place, and it was good and clean. I hesitatingly mention that while our waitress was informative and pleasant, we agreed that the overall service was not quite as good as we would have liked. The restaurant appeared less than 25% full and we thought there were sufficient servers. Though at least two servers were attending to our table and a couple other tables that we paid attention to, we had difficulty getting anyone's attention on the two occasions when we wanted something during the course of our meal (mostly when we saw a server, he or she was making a bee-line to or from the back and not looking in the direction of the customers). We requested three bar drinks from our "secondary waiter" and never got them. Our main server apologized sincerely when we were able to inform her, and she had just finished apologizing sincerely to the party at the next table (we overheard them make two or three separate complaints about receiving the wrong food or food with something wrong with it). I am hesitant to remark negatively on the service because this was our first visit to the restaurant and I appreciate that it might have been a rare "off day" for the staff.

Overall we were all really glad we decided to make an unplanned stop here to eat. We look forward to returning when we pass that way again.

  • Visited April 2013
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Lake Mary, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
81 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
“Decent restaurant, but not a great BBQ place”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

I need to start this review by saying that I am very picky about BBQ. Living in the north, it is hard to find a good BBQ place, and I was hoping that this was one.
It is a nice enough restaurant, but not great BBQ.
Our family ate there and the reaction of everyone was "meh". Nothing to complain about, but nothing great.
OK, there was one thing to complain about, I ordered the ribs, which, for some reason are served with the membrane still attached, that was strange. It would have been forgivable however if the ribs were good, and the rub was very good, the right combination of spicy and sweet. The ribs weren't cooked well. Long story short, ribs shouldn't need utensils, they should be cooked until tender and slide off the bone easily when you eat them. You should never need so much as a butter knife, much less the oversized steak knife that they give you with the serving.
Other than that, the food was all fine, not knock your socks off, but a decent, solid restaurant.

  • Visited March 2013
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Albany, New York
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Tasty barbeque!”
Reviewed March 17, 2013

My husband and I were looking for a good place to have lunch when we were in Kingston. After reading the reviews here we thought we should try Hickory BBQ Smokehouse. I was a little concerned by the outside impression--it is the end of winter and things show it in upstate New York. A little freshening up would definitely help But the food was delicious. Not your typical tastleless barbeque that we usually see around here--very tasty without adding any sauce. I will probably be back but after seeing the meals others were having will get something besides a sandwich. The only problem we had was trying to figure out how to get the juicy sandwich from our plates to our mouths without getting messy! I would have rated the atmosphere higher but some tlc both in and out would not hurt- not dirty or anything but just showing some wear.

  • Visited March 2013
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New York City, New York
Level 5 Contributor
64 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“What a gem!”
Reviewed February 26, 2013

I actually saw this reviewed on Trip Advisor, and on the way up to the mountain, stopped for lunch. The atmosphere is simple and homey, the food is extraordinary. Everything we had, from the bbq chicken and ribs to the amazing sides was outstanding. The service was prompt and very friendly and the prices were so reasonable for the amount of food we ordered. Would return many times!

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank Judith M
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New York City, New York
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great”
Reviewed January 22, 2013

Very good food and lovely atmosphere. We sat on the booth by the bar. It seemed like they also have an outside seating but it was too cold...Cannot wait to go back there.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank Steve S
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