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“Pricey but tasty”
Review of SmoQ

SmoQ
Ranked #67 of 1,991 Restaurants in Cincinnati
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Barbecue
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed July 14, 2013

It was late afternoon on a Friday, and we wanted dinner before our early movie. SmoQ was right there and waiting for us--and so were a bunch of waiters just standing around. I guess they eventually got moving when the crowd rolled in. Part of that crowd sitting next to us decided to put their phone on speaker and let us in on their loud conversation, which was unpleasant but not the restaurant's fault (although they could have mentioned something). My husband and I split an order of chicken and waffles and a brisket sandwich, and our friend got the pulled pork sandwich & peach tea (unsweetened, which is hard to find). Everything was good enough. We all enjoyed our sandwiches with mustard slaw. The waffle part of the chicken & waffles was sweet potato flavored with cinnamon butter & syrup--not as good as Taste of Belgium, but tasty enough. We expected to get sides with it, but the waiter said they'd changed their menu and eliminated them on many of the dishes to lower the price. We could've had them for $3.29--I don't think so, although they sounded so enticing. The sandwiches did come with brown sugar barbecue chips, which we wolfed down. We all preferred the sweet barbecue sauce over the other two. We also indulged in two baskets of corn muffins (and could easily have eaten a few more--wonderful!). What wasn't wonderful was the price. Portions were not huge but the bill ... let's just say it was above average for a barbecue place.

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Thank Nancy W
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Reviewed July 1, 2013 via mobile

We had the Memphis sampler platter, not on the menu but you can ask for it. You get pulled pork, brisket, sausage, choice of ribs, hot wings, and 2 sides in addition to corn muffins. Plenty of food for 3 people. I have found the St Louis ribs to be more tender than the baby back ribs. When on (75% of the time) the brisket is the best in Cincy. The collard greend are the best in Cincy hands down. Eat here, you will not regret it.

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Thank kyhuntsman94
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Reviewed June 27, 2013 via mobile

The food was ok but was not worth the exorbitant prices they were charging. A 4 dollar side dish barely got a mouthful. After 40 dollars for 2 people you would think we were stuffed but that was not the case.

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Thank tpitboy
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Reviewed June 21, 2013

The fried green tomatoes were good tho. The other stuff was dried out and over cooked, so we won't return. A bit pricey too - $48 for 2 ppl - just the dinners, no drinks or desert.

Thank Candace R
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Reviewed June 11, 2013 via mobile

This is the second time we've had a great meal and service at this restaurant. Our server was very friendly and made sure we had everything. My husband had the rib combo, the ribs were juicy and tender. I had the chicken and waffles, the waffle was a sweet potato waffle served with cinnamon butter & a side of syrup with a fried boneless breast definitely an entree for a person with a sweet tooth. You get corn muffins with your entree and they aren't like typical ones, they're very soft and more like a cake texture. In the 2 times we've been there everything has been tasty and well served.

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Thank Yobie
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