Chicken and Waffles at The SmoQue Shack
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Macaroni and Cheese at The SmoQue Shack
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2011 Oct 1
Ooops can't forget the mac and cheese that just couldn't not get into the last shot. Love the individual portion idea with the crusty cheese on top. Hats off to the The SmoQue Shack!

2011 Oct 1
The brisket had a nice crust and sauce that will keep me coming back for more. Tender and juicy this evening. My side ribs were dry rubbed with a sauce that complemented them well. Love the fact that sugar is not the predominate flavor. I'm not a saucy rib guy but these were pretty darn good with most of the sauce sticking to the rib and not your plate. The baked beans were very tasty and again a signature that sugar and meaty foods need not apply. Very good sized portions for the price. Applause to the master of these creations! After doing the southern BBQ trail this summer I can say that Ottawa can now be proud of some quality BBQ. What would be a great idea for a new menu item would be some Memphis style strictly dry rubbed ribs hint hint nudge nudge wink wink.

2011 Oct 1
We ordered a feast last night that I'm just recovering from. Started with wings and rib tips. Wings had a hot sauce on the side that was fantastic. Rib tips were tender and smokey with a nice tangy sauce. Wings were crispy though I preferred the hot sauce to the dill ranch just personal preference though.

2011 Oct 1
IT'S TRUE! Real southern BBQ has made it's arrival in Ottawa. Laid back atmosphere with reasonable prices and quality food.

2011 Sep 30
I went to The Smoque Shack the other night after reading the Ottawa Citizen review with my friend.

We had some great beers, I had a Mill St. Lemon Tea and He had the Tankhouse.

I got the pork baby back ribs, and they were really good.
My friend got the pulled pork sandwich, which he said he loved.

We also got the pasta salad, Mac and cheese, and corn bread.
As you can see from the picture, the corn bread disappeared quite quickly.
The pasta salad was made with Orzo, so I didn't like it all that much but the taste was still good.
And the Mac and cheese,too good for words.

"Why are we eating out of silver platters? BECAUSE WE'RE AWESOME!!!" - my friend saying that in the middle of dinner...

2011 Sep 26
I've been to SmoQue Shack three times, and ordered out twice.

The taste of the take-out seemed somewhat different, and I can't quite put my finger on it - not just in temperature, as that's easily fixed. The pulled pork had a smidgen less oomph, the mac n cheese seemed to have less cheese in it, the corn bread was somewhat drier. It didn't help that I happened upon a more fatty section of the shoulder for the jerk pork, which isn't as much to my taste. And the second time, an order of sweet potato fries somehow metamorphosed into southern greens. To their credit, when I mentioned this on my next visit, the server started to offer a way to make it up, and I assured him it was unnecessary, I just wanted them to know it had happened. (They were the same price, which helped.)

It certainly wasn't bad, and even fully cold their take-out would likely beat the myriad of other pulled pork dishes I see suddenly popping up everywhere. But there really is nothing like having it steaming-fresh from the smoker.

2011 Sep 26
A post by The SmoQue Shack on their FB wall:

It's Monday, which means $5 pints and 6$ rib tips at the SmoQue Shack. Come on down for some football, brew and great BBQ!

I posted and it was clarified that this is ALL DAY! If you're in the hood, I recommend hitting it. :)

2011 Sep 22
Thought it might be nice to have the article associated with the thread.
www.ottawacitizen.com

2011 Sep 16
I went to the SmoQue Shack last night and I am so glad that I no longer have to wait for the chicken and ribfest to get some bbq.

As others have mentioned there is a long narrow bar with tv screens upon entering the resto giving it a bowling-alley-turned-into-a-bar look. I didn't see any staff around to greet me when I entered but I was meeting up with a group who were seated just inside the large dining room at the back of the resto so they weren't hard to find. It would have been nice though if there was a hostess handy or a bartender milling around as opposed to me running around the resto trying to find my table. The dining room at back was sparsely decorated and the walls were painted in muted colours. I kept thinking how they really needed artwork or something on the walls. The only thing I really didn't like were the televisions everywhere. Especially since I was sitting beside someone who had his eyes glued to the tv during the entire meal but I digress...

Onto the meal. I ordered the sampler platter. I had a choice between the baby back ribs or the side ribs so I picked the baby back ribs. I had a choice between two types of chicken (jerk and something else) so I picked the jerk chicken. The platter included some pulled pork. Both the ribs and the pulled pork had a sweet tangy sauce the the jerk chicken had a nice kick to it. Even though I enjoyed the meats very much the mac 'n cheese on the side is what really won me over. It had a nice creamy texture and all other mac 'n cheeses have now paled in comparison. Apparenly they use seven kinds of cheeses in it though the waiter wouldn't tell me which ones they were.

As for service, the waiter was on his toes bringing out the food and drink despite the fact that the restaurant was full and nary an empty table to be found.

I will definitely be back to try new dishes.

2011 Sep 14
I was at the SmoQUe Shack recently and really liked it. I was surprised by the comfortable and casual nature of the concept. Mostly because of the location East of Dalbousie street. Good think they are not located right on the main drag where they would be more visible to pedestrian traffic - I fear this would ruin a good thing - i.e., their efforts to serve local beers, etc. as well as use high quality ingredients. The menu is a flexible, choose as little or as much BBQ as you want as well as the sides. I really enjoyed my order of Beef side ribs, tasted the brisket as well as the chicken and all was very good. As for the sides, we tried quite a few and liked them all, at the last minute we added the mac and cheese and it was pure yummy! I was disappointed they were out of Pascale's ice cream but enjoyed their specail of the day dessert, biscuit with berries and cream - good but nothing to write home about. All in all a very good experience, looking forward to a repeat 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.