To make a (very) long story short...here is the review of Smoq...
We were hungry when we left the house so at this point we were REALLY hungry... we ordered drinks and the waiter gave us the long list of all of the things we were out of... I am assuming this is what was going on at other tables too because people were ANGRY... I mean like absolutely LIVID. I heard a lot of attitude being given to the wait staff when they heard what they were sold out of. I heard someone ask for the manager and then after they talked to the table we could actually hear him in the back SCREAMING at someone. I have no idea if he was the owner or manager or what but it was one of the most unprofessional things I have ever experienced.
The restaurant was not totally like I expected it to look like...kind of one of those things where you can tell a restaurant moved into another restaurant's space without changing too much.
Anyway, on to the food. First they brought out these cornbread muffins which honestly didn't seem to promising alongside the single serve "whipped spread"....why? why? why not some real butter in a cup...why this fake butter in single serve containers??? But fake butter aside, the cornbread was really moist and tasty..almost like dessert.. it could have had something to do the fact that I was starving at this point, but it was a very good cornbread muffin....
The table had a variety of their barbeque sauces on it including Carolina Hot, Kansas City smoke and Memphis Mild... I am not a huge fan of the fake smoke flavor, so I stuck with the first two. They had nice flavor but were SOOO runny. I am not sure if this is a memphis type of sauce but I love dipping my house made chips in bbq sauce and that was NOT going to happen with this sauce...that wasn't a problem with the sandwiches or brisket though, and the flavors were nice.
I was really in the mood for ribs, but they were out so I ordered the chicken sandwich and was actually pretty impressed! It was juicy and not overcooked and had a nice toasted bun. There was a generous portion of chips that had nice flavor on them also.
|Smoq'd chicken, bbq sauce, cheddar and bacon $7.99|
|Brisket Plate with Two Sides $14.59|
|brisket sandwich topped with mustard slaw $7.99|
All in all I was happy with my meal at Smoq... My main issues were the manager that was loudly screaming at someone during our meal and the multiple tables that sat unbussed when we were there. I think the reason everyone was so busy was that none of the restaurants were accounting for the fact that the next day was a holiday...although that must happen every year....so who knows...
Anyway, for us, it won't be worth the drive to head up there specifically to eat here anytime soon, but might be worth a visit if you are up that way!