Chicken and Waffles at The SmoQue Shack
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2011 Aug 20
I went there on a Friday night with my wife. The place has promise but they definitely have their work cut out for them. I had the sampler (brisket, pulled pork and jerk chicken) with a side of beans and rice. My wife had the side ribs with sweet potato fries, tangy slaw and corn bread. The brisket, jerk chicken and side ribs were excellent. The pulled pork was cooked well but the sauce had little taste. Now for some of the negatives: the waiter came back twice to confirm our order and still got it wrong (my wife ordered the back ribs but got the side ribs), they charged extra for hot sauce which just tasted like BBQ sauce with some hot sauce thrown in, the sides weren’t that great (other than the sweet potato fries). I’d go back in a month to give it another try. Hopefully they do better next time because Ottawa is in desperate need of some good BBQ.

2011 Aug 18
Wow! Stopped in tonight and sampled a few of the specialties. Great stuff! Pork side ribs AND baby back ribs. I preferred the side ribs, but both had an excellent pink color, complex flavour and delicious glaze. The pulled pork was moist smoky and had a vinegary tang that was quite different from other pulled pork I've had that has been swimming in sauce. The flavour was of pork, smoke and a bit of tang, not sauce, and I really enjoyed it. The brisket was really nice and had a different glaze (coffee) than the pork ribs. Very smoky, tender and I'm looking forward to having the leftovers on a sandwich for lunch tomorrow. The creamy coleslaw was fine but unremarkable, but the baked beans were superb! The beans still had a bit of bite to them as opposed to being cooked to mush, and there were nice chunks of meat incorporated. I really recommend them as a side. Each of the meats was served with a warm sourdough type roll and we also ordered cornbread which was good but not spectacular.

The one suggestion I would have for management is to PLEASE provide brewed ice tea, unsweetened and/or sweetened. It is not a BBQ shack without it! They serve Nestea. sigh. The server actually brewed some tea and poured it over ice for me, and we chatted about the lack of iced tea, and she offerred to suggest to management that brewed iced tea would be a good option.

Total bill incl. tax but not tip was $44 and we have lots of leftovers. Can't wait for the next visit, and I will probably limit my intake to one meat and a side of beans so that I'll have room to try one of the desserts.

2011 Aug 12
Seasoned Vet: Ah yes, Tankhouse, not Lugtread - I misremembered both the beer and the brewer. Eep! I admit I don't know the 1855, but the Tankhouse is mid-brown and see-through. I fully admit what I call "dark" is not what others have in mind. :) But yes, I love the all-Ontario beer selection!

I went back tonight. I have never done this - two nights in a row in a new place.

This time it was the jerk pork, served in bite-sized pieces, with a nice bitey tinge to it - but again, a bit dry. I asked for sauce, they had coffee BBQ (bleah, I don't like coffee) and chipotlé BBQ. Yeah, that made things so very nicely tangy-spicy! Two sides this time - the baked beans, which are cooked with bacon and jalapenos, so not exactly a vegetarian side. I don't like bacon much, and didn't taste them, or the japalenos as such - but was wondering why my mouth kept getting tinglier and tinglier. The jalapenos must be a nice quality, usually I can spot the cheap kind easily by taste. And the aforementioned sweet potato fries - a hefty basket for one, and very salty. I asked for some mayo to have something to quench the happy fire dancing in my mouth.

I was full, and still asked for that peach cobbler. The kitchen gave me a bigger piece than yesterday. Oh sweet goodness, I think it took me 15 minutes just to plow my way through that. I waddled out of there, basically.

1/2 lb of jerk pork, two sides, dessert and a pint of Waupoos cider (it's really great with the meat) made, with tax and tip this time, for $40 - what I consider a very reasonable price for the hefting amount of food I consumed.

And now, time for food coma...

2011 Aug 12
Niall I just have to correct you on the beers. They have two dark beers on tap. Kichesippi 1855 and Mill St Tank house. Also the draught selection is all Ontario craft.

2011 Aug 12
Went today with 7 others from our office, which is conveniently (and dangerously) on the same street. I fully agree with the positives from Niall and ChrisB. We each ordered a protein (ribs, jerk chicken, brisket or pulled pork) and the "share" size of the sides to pass around. Six sides were perfect for our table. My hands down favourite was the mac n' cheese but the sweet potato fries held a close second. The brisket today was superb: meaty, meltingly tender, succulent. Pulled pork could have used a tad more sauce.

I have to disagree on the cornbread: while the texture was perfect, I like mine more savoury (no sugar) with bits of jalepeno. This provides a foil to the sweetness of the sauces.

Several at our table tried the Waipoos Cider which they felt was perfect for the meal and the weather.

2011 Aug 12
Went there last night with a friend who was disappointed she missed Ribfest this year - on that Thursday it rained quite a bit (until the moment our pizza arrived, of course). So to make up for it, I planned to bring her here as soon as it opened.

We both had Just Pulled Pork, with three sides (mac n cheese, creamy cole slaw and of course corn bread), she with a sprite and me with a pint of Waupoos cider. (The darkest beer they have is Lugtread, which while not being "light", is definitely not "dark". :))

She took one bite of the pulled pork and started gushing thanks. I took one bite and couldn't speak. so THIS is what Ribfest vendors were trying to do?? Oh sweet lord the tangyness oozed out, the meat had a bite to it, the flavours were playing roughhouse in my mouth. Now it was a touch dry overall, but that means it's not swimming in sauce either! (You can request a little more sauce, which I will next time.)

The pork comes in 1/4, 1/2 and full pound servings; I started with 1/4, and soon requested to have an upgrade to half - which is about what Ribfest vendors pile on. It comes with a cute (and delicious) small bread.

Sides were uniformly excellent - the mac n cheese has cheddar and parmesan, though I'm fairly sure it was full Parmiggiano Reggiano quality. The cole slaw is creamy, but not as thick as St-Hubert Creamy (which my mouth first thought as something bad purely out of habit, but I forced it to reconsider). There were no complaints at all about the corn bread, it felt like the right consistency. On the way out, I spied some sweet potato fries, and they are my next target. Each side was quite a bit for a person, and happily shared for two so we each got a nice amount of each.

We were stuffed, but we saw the dessert menu and FRUIT COBBLER!!! Oh, it's $8, but it's a BIG piece. We did have to remind our server it was supposed to come with a generous scoop of Pascale's double Bourbon vanilla ice cream and mmmhhhhuuummm (brain stopped being able to process higher functions after one bite)

So yeah. Good food. GOOD food. If you thought you knew what smoked BBQ was from Ribfest, please come here to be properly educated. :) (And yes, I know it's still not quite the same thing as real US southern BBQ, but dangit, that's far!)

Total without drinks or tax was $41 for two 1/2lb pulled pork, 2 desserts and 3 sides shared equally. Dang, that's cheap for this amount and quality.

(We were only able to nibble chocolates and ice cream from Maison Chalouin down Dalhousie afterwards, a wonderful one-two combo... ahem)

2011 Aug 12
Last night, I saw a chalkboard sign at Dalhousie and York indicating they were open, with an arrow. I stopped in to check them out. I was welcomed and was told that they opened on Saturday night (Aug 6th).

I was out running errands and already had plans for dinner. I read the menu and spoke to some of the staff while they were making lemonade / serving customers as they came in. FYI, the menu on their website (www.smoqueshack.com) has the gist of it but really doesn't do their printed menu justice.

There is more of a description of how things are cooked/seasoned/prepared in general. I think the pastas & salads section was nixed, I was surprised to see rib tips on the menu (as they are usually served off menu to staff/friends etc.). I recall drooling over the description of some sandwich that I don't see on the site. Just use it as a guide but stop in to see it. Better still, stop by to eat!

It was so hard for me not to eat there, heck at one point I was thinking just a 1/2 point of Wapoos Cider, while I read the menu. That slippery slope also had me thinking; I could use a snack. Perhaps a small order of fried pickles -oh, red beans and rice, that too- oooooh rib tips! I had to leave before I ordered something. As I did I found myself promising my tummy; soon, very soon...

2011 Aug 8
@ Labatt50. Any chance of getting a description of the food ie: what you ordered,ribs with sauce or dry rubbed, smoke ring or not,sides ordered?

2011 Aug 8
I had dinner here last night - shared a 1/2 rack of beef ribs, 1/2 jamaican jerk chicken, sweet potato fries and a dish of tangy coleslaw.

Yum, yum, and yum!!! Food was finger-licking, lip-smacking good. The highlight was the saucy, meaty ribs and the crispy, skinny sweet potato fries. The chicken was really spicy but manageable with the tangy coleslaw to cool down the heat. Service was friendly and efficient. I'm so excited to have another dining option in the Byward market that's not a chain restaurant and is open for dinner after 10 p.m. Can't wait to go back!!

2011 Aug 8
It may have been my table with the Large Labatt 50's... The food was amazing and there are so many options I still want to try. Large 50's are hard to come by in the Qttawa area, so having those in the bar selection is great. I do want to try all the other local beers on tap, but that will just give me a reason to head back and try out other menu items also.

It has been a great first impression from staff, food, drinks, atmosphere and setup.... I can't wait to smell the smoker from the street, I'm pretty sure that will provide some good attraction for people walking by.

By the way... All doggy bag items we brought home were excellent the next day!

Already looking forward to my next visit.

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2012 May 23
Wifey and I finally visited on a Saturday night. It's casual inside and the food value is good. We shared a bunch of appetizers and sides and had a one-person 3-meat combo plate as follows:

* Caesar Salad - Tasty all around, generous croutons, and amazing chunks of smoky bacon.
* Baby Back Ribs - Good chewy texture, pretty decent smoke flavour.
* Beef Brisket - Tender, not a lot of smoke taste, I didn't like the sauce.
* Jerk Pork - Tasted like an oven-roasted pork loin, chopped up and tossed with a homemade jerk sauce with good heat. Again, this sauce was not to my taste. We actually left it.
* Mac and Cheese - Really nice, browned on top, macaroni not overcooked, and with tasty cheese.
* Corn Bread - Surprisingly not too sweet but a little dryer than I like. Would benefit from a dab of butter or a sauce worthy of dipping.
* Southern Greens - My favourite dish by far! Tender, tasty greens in a flavourful sauce, adorned with generous hunks of smoky bacon. Spectacular!



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2018 Jan 6
The Chicken and Waffles ($12) looked pretty amazing. Generous boneless chunks of (mostly) moist breast meat started out promising but suffered from a strangely bland but delightfully crunchy breading. I dipped them into the sauce of my Southern Style Greens ($5.50) to make them nice. The waffle itself was a hearty cornmeal one that needed dipping in the sweet apple-tinged syrup before eating. Nestled amongst the chicken pieces was a thick slab of icing sugar doused butter that also helped lubricate the waffle.

My palate was uncomfortably confused by the icing sugar on the chicken and the sliced scallions with syrup. Some people might like these combinations more than I do, so please accept my discomfort with appropriate skepticism.