Chicken and Waffles at The SmoQue Shack
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2011 Sep 13
There has been so much talk about this place I was excited to be trying it out last week. Despite reading lots of reviews, I would have to say my visit had a couple of surprises - first I was startled to walk into the place and be confronted by a small, dimly lit room with a bar and TV screens - not what I expected at all! Luckily we moved to the rear room which had a skylight all along the back wall, making it much brighter than the front – two TV screens still had prominence (tuned to TSN - I guess this is the type of place this is!).

Our server recommended the sharing platter which was a choice of three meats – we choose Tennessee bbq chicken, pulled pork and brisket. My second surprise of the night was the size of this platter – this is A LOT of meat!

Pulled pork had a pleasant tang to it and chicken was nice and juicy and coated in sauce (although I would have liked to have had some extra sauce to dip it into). My favourite was the brisket which was well flavoured and almost melted in your mouth. The meat platter was served with three little buns so we could make pulled pork sandwiches! Sides chosen, which there is a long list of on the menu but are not included with any of the meats (i.e., you pay for each, they come in either individual or sharing size), were onion rings and greens – good but nothing really special.

Wine menu is short and sweet with a few decent white and red choices (by the glass and bottle). For those not so keen on so much meat, they have bbq shrimp, salmon and even tofu!

Although I would classify the meal as enjoyable (and we took a huge box of meat home), I think it will be a while before I return.

2011 Sep 10
Went here yesterday around 4pm with a couple friends.

First, I do love the environment in there, little bar, bright room, big screen tv's, personable service, younger crowd. When we were in there it was four different tables of what looked like Uni students.

Our server was the guy who wears the ball cap and the beard. Really nice guy. Answered a couple questions really nicley (apparently its a 7 cheese blend in that mac n cheese) There is a bit of a communication/organization issue though..once he forgot a refill for my friend, he had to re-ask me what my side was, and he had to go back to one table and tell them that what they ordered (they didn't actually have..it ran out last night)

In terms of the food, we had side ribs, poutine, and pulled pork (mine), and my side was beans and rice, another friends onion rings, and the other mac n cheese.

The best was the side ribs imo, I would have that again for sure. They weren't that drop from the bone kind of ribs but had that bbq crusty kinda taste, with a great zing, and wasn't overly saucy..just enough, to lick some off your fingers.

The poutine was also quite good and unique. There was a general trend in all of our opinions about the uniqueness of the tastes of each of the main dishes.

My main was prob the weakest (pulled pork), some of the meat (not all) was clumped together and was quite dry and hard to chew. But again, unique taste, tangy, vinegary, and some sweetness at some point too. I wasn't expecting that kind of taste in a pulled pork sandwish but was quite decent.

My side was ok (rice and beans but nothing special), the mac n cheese too was decent (but again, didn't really blow anybody away,) and the onion rings wer prob the best (my friend mentioned how the batter seemed different than other places)

I would def reccomend this place to people to try at least once. I won't give it a thumbs up right now...but its close...I'll have to try some of my other fav's like jerk chicken to see how that is.

It gets a plus though just because it serves some of my fav foods.






2011 Sep 10
Second visit last night and still impressed, although no unsweetened iced tea on the menu yet. St. Louis side ribs and the brisket are my favorite meats here. I did try the beef short ribs last night, and they had a nice flavour and were very tender, but It is the side ribs that I really love. Yes they have less meat and fat than the baby backs, but there is something about the way they retain the smoke that is compelling. And the glaze is the perfect complement. The baked beans are always a good choice for side, but last night we also tried the greens and onion rings, and I would recommend both. The greens are maybe not authentic, as most greens I am served down south have been stewed into limpness, but in Smoque Shack's version they are cooked, but still remain green and retain some of their shape. I really liked them. The onion rings were crisp, not too greasy, and they had a bite of pepper in the coating. Very nice. maple pecan pie and fruit cobbler for dessert were both very good, but the fruit cobbler would have served 3 or 4 people it was so huge. And I loved the Pascales double bourbon vanilla ice cream.

2011 Sep 5
My family was in town for a family reunion/grandfather's 90 birthday. Unfortunatly, our dinner plans got cancelled, and there was 14 of us. Fortunatly, when I recommened the smoque shack, we were lucky and they did have room for us.

All I need to say is that the food was beyond delicious. I had the beef brisket that was phenomenal. My brother had the pulled pork, and the ones I snatched were perfectly tnagy and flavourful. My aunt enjoyed the rib. The sides were amazing. WE had the really cheesy mac and Cheese, the tasty baked beans, and the surprisingly good fried pickles (I actually recommend it).

Definately would go again as soon as possible.

2011 Sep 5
Went here on Friday for lunch with some friends. Loved it. We all ordered the sampler platter (17 one). I had the brisket, ribs and jerk pork. Coming from a west indian family, I have been exposed to jerk quite a bit and I have to say that this is a very tasty version. For me, it wasn't too spicy and had just the right amount of kick (i.e still able to enjoy the flavour and not mouth on fire). The ribs were solid but brisket was by far my fav though as it was tasty and tender...just wish there was more of it!!! Next time I know!

Would def recommend!


2011 Sep 1
@English Foodie

In the south a "crisp" has the crumbled oatmeal mix on top of the fruit. In a cobbler, you put the topping dough on the bottom and then the fruit on top and the topping rises up through the fruit.

The topping is usually melted butter, self rising flour, sugar, and milk (if memory serves)

2011 Sep 1
I had lunch at SmoQue's on the weekend. The DBK Sandwich is excessive but tasty. (Pulled Pork + Shaved Brisket + Smoked Sausage on a bun)with a side of home made mac and cheese, which was also quite tasty, although after reading the reviews on the Baked beans, I'm gonna have to go for them next time.

What actually blew me away was their deserts. Normall I don't eat a lot of sweets, and I did not expect great deserts from a BBQ restaurant.

The cobbler they make is unique and fantastic, instead of a crumble on top of the fruit, it is some kind of custardy cake-like baked good. Kind of like a very dense Mereingue? 10 points to whomever can tell me what it is (waiter's explanation was vague.

They also have a homemade Chil, Chocolate and Bacon Ice Cream.. "Nuff said"

2011 Aug 29
I'm gonna refrain from giving this place an overall thumbs up for several reasons, even though I gave thumbs up for the foods we tried this week (poutine, pulled pork sandwich, baked beans).

The poutine was one of the best I've had in town, albeit the cheese was sparse. The sauce a little watery and slightly lacking flavour, although nice and peppery, and much muuuuch better in my opinion than the gelatiny, brown, mystery canned sauce that tops most poutines. The fries were among the best in flavour and texture. I liked the curds' small size, versus the usual thick cubes, however I would have liked more cheese coverage for $8.

Pulled pork sandwich was very good. Not shredded and soggy like some places. Tangy and vinegary, but some sweetness too. The bun was toasted and delicious, the cole slaw average but nice and dry and a good topping for my sandwich. Good deal at $8, not too pricey for the quality and size.

The baked beans were fantastic, nice chunks of ham and jalapeno. Lots of kick and sweetness. A deal at $3.50.

Now the minuses:

1) service: we found the service expeditious and lacking in some elements.

No salt and pepper at the table. Big plate of poutine not served with two side plates for us to properly share.

We forgot to specify which sauce we wanted on the poutine, but we weren't asked, the waiter just proceeded with a default chicken base gravy (we had no idea there was a default sauce).

My girlfriend had to decline to two different servers who asked back to back within a minute whether she wants another glass of wine.

The female server took away my girlfriend's plate before I was done with my main (this always bugs me).

The second I put down my baked bean plate, the guy swoops in and takes it away. He also asked us how everything was while my mouth was clearly full and could not respond (another thing I can't stand).

Finally, they should have wet naps and as already mentioned, unsweetened tea.

That's it for the service shortcomings, but that should keep them busy if they wanna iron out these kinks.

2) Ambience. The space looked a bit like a boardroom, cold, uninviting lighting. Dining room lacking decor. Not at all cozy. The monochrome logo on the back brick wall is lacking something, it just doesn't look like a restaurant logo. The walls were bare and the lighting was harsh throughout, I found. The concrete floors too are not very welcoming.

This place should probably not have rushed its opening after all. Will try it again in a few months and pay attention to the corrections, if any.

Overall thumbs up pending until that time.

2011 Aug 28
I ate here last night with my boyfriend. I had the Jamaican Jerk Pork with a side of creamy slaw. I am glade a ordered the creamy slaw on the the side since the more of the pork I ate the spicier it got. But it was great.

My boyfriend ordered the Tennessee Chicken which was amazing. With Sweet Potato fries. He couldn't stop talking about how great the fries were.

We will definitly be going back, since there is alot more on the menu to try.
This may very well be my favourite restaurant to go to in Ottawa, since how many places can you just order meat, and how much you want.

2011 Aug 27
I was here last Wednesday with a bunch of friends from work and my wife. Overall, I was not impressed. My wife and I ordered the sharing platter, 1/4 lb of Jamaican jerk pork, individual size sweet potato fries and the sharing size tangy coleslaw.

The sharing platter included the pulled pork, pork side ribs (someone please correct me if I'm wrong on the type of ribs in the sharing platter) and Tennessee chicken. The pulled pork was bland. It did not taste smoky or tangy whatsoever. According to my wife, it just tasted like regular pork. The chicken was alright. The first few bites were ok but it was a bit dry. The ribs were the best part of the sharing platter. They were meaty and not doused in sauce. But aside from that, there was nothing really special about the ribs.

Then I had some of the Jamaican jerk pork. Now, this was impressive! I was really happy due to the complex flavours and spiciness coming from the jerk spices. It wasn't so spicy that it made you want to chug some water right away but it was close. I definitely wished I ordered more of this.

The sweet potatoes fries were heavily seasoned. They were tasty but some people might not like the heavy seasoning. The tangy coleslaw was disappointing. No tang at all. In fact, it seemed there was hardly any trace of dressing on it. I thought the portions for both the fries (individual size) and the salad (sharing size) were small.

I'm no BBQ connoisseur like some of the folks in the BBQ thread but I was disappointed in the taste and the expense. I'm not saying the food tasted bad but I thought it'd be better considering the expense and the hype. I'm not dying to go back but if I do, it'll definitely be for the Jamaican jerk pork.

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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.