Chicken and Waffles at The SmoQue Shack
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Macaroni and Cheese at The SmoQue Shack
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2011 Nov 27
Went to the Smoque Shack last night with my partner and another couple. The place was pretty busy at around 8:15pm when we showed up, but the wait was quick. All four of us were first-timers to Smoque's.

I decided on a half rack of baby back ribs and a pound of wings, but when the server took our orders we were told they had run out of wings. Instead, I ordered half a jerk chicken. My partner also ordered a half rack of baby back ribs plus a cornbread, a mac and cheese, and coleslaw. The other couple ordered a pulled pork sandwich, the beef brisket, mac and cheese, cornbread, and sweet potato fries.

Food came pretty quickly and overall we were impressed by what we got. The jerk chicken was nice and spicy and the meat was juicy. The ribs were alright. I found them to be a little dry but the flavour was great. My partner did not share the same concern - she thought they were perfect. Everyone else really liked their meals, and everyone loved the cornbread and mac and cheese.

Prices were alright. Not outrageous by any means, but not a bargain either. Would be nice if they were added to their website.

All in all, a great new spot in the ByWard Market. Based on the crowd that was there last night (younger, hip) I can see this place expanding quickly. I would recommend the place and I would go back.

2011 Nov 27
I have been twice and I back this place. In my opinion casual, reasonable restos are not done very well in Ottawa, with the exception of Chinatown.

Considering there is absolutely no tradition of bbq in our region, I find discussions of authenticity a bit moot. Nobody can represent every single regional style. Is the food good, and cooked with integrity from first principles? In this case I think it is.

It`s such a pleasure to have a good beer, and sit down to a few snacks (or a feast) while chatting with friends in a lively atmosphere. Love how the menu is structured so that you can try a small bite of almost anything for a minimal price.


2011 Nov 27
On the most recent post about the fact that we use liquid smoke and don't home make our cornbread. I am sorry you feel that way but I currently work there and can tell you for a fact we make our own cornbread and no liquid smoke as we have a big old southern pride in the basement. The tang is from the sauce which has OJ in it. Sorry you felt that way but please do your research before you say something.

2011 Nov 26
You can't please everyone. It certainly is not Martins BBQ Joint but what is really nothing like whole hog. From my experience this summer on the Southern BBQ Trail The Smoque Shack does a pretty good job with flavors of southern BBQ. Guess I will have to travel to Detroit or Windsor and see what all the fuss is about LOL! One thing The Smoque Shack should do is a real dry rubbed Memphis rib without sauce Like Charles Vergo's Rendezvous.

2011 Nov 26
I guess we're so starved of southern BBQ that we'll be appreciative of anything we can get? :)

At least I think everyone can agree it's worlds better than anything the "Ribfest" throws our way. I know I won't be back there.

I think the Shack is an interpretation of southern style more than a re-creation. There's another BBQ smokery opening soon in the market, hopefully two styles can co-exist...

2011 Nov 26
I agree with Lady Ilsebe. I've been very underwhelmed by Smoque Shack my two visits there.

And I can see Motown having good BBQ.

2011 Nov 25
Blubarry - oh good gawd, not TBQ. What I had in mind was Smoke n Spice (on the same street as Freed's, name is spacing on me now), or to go over to Detroit and go to Slow's, which is basically across from the Michigan Central Station, and about 3 minutes from the bridge...

2011 Nov 25
Lady Ilsebe, I'm from Windsor too, and wondering where on earth you get real BBQ in Windsor. Please don't say TBQ.

2011 Nov 24
We went to the SmoQue Shack last night for dinner, with our 2 year old daughter. I guess we're rather spoiled by the great bbq that was readily available in Windsor, ON and Detroit, because our experience was decidedly "meh". We ordered a sharing portion of the sampler, a sharing portion of the mac n cheese, and cornbread, and an individual fried pickle. We GOT what we ordered, although the sampler was an individual size, which had us concerned until we got our bill.

As for the food, the pulled pork was quite good. The Tennesee chicken was good, too, but the ribs were less than flavorful and not all that tender. The sauce had quite the tang of liquid smoke, as well.

What REALLY bothered me was the bread. The cornbread and sourdough rolls are of mediocre quality and obviously not house-made. Cornbread, especially, is EASY, and should be a pride of a "Texas style bbq".

All in all, while I don't regret going, it's not someplace I'd be excited to visit again, and I certainly wouldn't take my parents - their pulled pork and ribs by far outshine the restaurants, simply because my dad actually SMOKES the meat, instead of dressing them in sauce with liquid smoke. Maybe it was an off night, but now I'm looking forward to a chance to go out to Carlsbad Springs, probably after the holidays.

2011 Nov 14
Hit the Shack up for some take out last week... a rack of baby back ribs and a side order of bbq shrimp.

Total satisfaction right across the board.

The ribs were tender but not too much so, tasty, sweet with just abit of heat and a nicechar on the outside.

Shrimp were sweet bbq shrimpy goodness.

I'm loving this place.

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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.