Chicken and Waffles at The SmoQue Shack
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Macaroni and Cheese at The SmoQue Shack
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2012 Jan 28
OMG we had the most amazing meal last night at the Shack. From previous visits I did not think it possible to get any better WRONG! The game has been stepped up a notch with sides ever evolving. Being a bean lover this place has magical beans that have gotten better since our last visit. I had to ask our server to find out what type they were using and to my surprise they are pinto. I would have never guessed. I will be changing my recipe from great northern to pinto now. Trying to sample the whole menu I went with half a pound of jerk pork. The jerk was right on the mark for heat and flavor with the pork still having good integrity as to not have a pulled consistency perfect! Tangy to start with a nice heat finish in the back of the throat for that sip of beer to finish off. Who could visit and not get some brisket which had lots of bark chunks and just enough sauce where the beef flavor was not buried. Don't you just love a place that keeps improving. Oh magical Pit Master what wonders will you have for our next visit?

2012 Jan 27
I think i've seen that guy and yah, it would be nice if he eased back just a touch. The place is awesome, the kitchen is absolutely nailing it and the staff are great... breath brother... BREAAAAATH.

2012 Jan 27
I really like smoque shack.. Or is it smoque shaq.. I've seen it spelled several different ways. It's a good bbq place where I can get a good fix (it's no Dino's bbq if anyone out there knows what I mean), and the beer list is great. My one suggestion is to get the wallet off the floor. I can pick out the guy who has all his money invested in the joint, because his anxiety makes me nervous.

2012 Jan 20
This place is great!

I had the brisket sandwich and the mac and cheese, they were both amazing. I love bbq and am so happy there is a restaurant in Ottawa that offers traditional southern style bbq.

Highly recommend!

2012 Jan 14
I'm with Yessi on this; the meat here is magical. The pulled pork is some of the best that I've ever had. The ribs, I only wish I ordered in hindsight after snagging one from a friend. The sides were delightful, the cornbread moist and the sweet potatoes fries very nicely seasoned. But, the meat! The MEAT!

My one regret of this meal is that I didn't order more meat, but instead chose to share dessert, which was a travesty. Three small scoops of Pascale's Chocolate-Bacon-Chili ice cream for the same price as a half-pound of pulled pork. Sigh. As it turns out, the ice cream wasn't much better than some Sealtest that had undercooked bacon thrown into it. There was no chili, no smokey flavour, and no crunch. Pity. Lesson learned: Come here, come here often, focus on the meat.

Also, don't be afraid to grab a seat at the bar and eat there. The hostesses seem to be a bit vague on how long a wait it is for a table, versus for the bar.

2012 Jan 3
I went by yesterday hoping to take my mom (who is in town from St. John's), and there was a sign posted saying they are closed for renovations until January 9th. Can't wait to head over when it's open again.

2011 Dec 29
This place. It makes me giddy. Didn't know about it until yesterday, but I don't think it's too early to say, SmoQue Shack, I love you.
I know that one day The SmoQue Shack and I are gonna to get married on top of a mountain, and there's going to be flutes playing and trombones and flowers and garlands of fresh herbs. And we will dance till the sun rises. And then our children will form a family band.
Last night, a group of six of us showed up around 7:30 p.m. We had to wait about an hour for a table, so we just had a pleasant time drinking at the bar. Good beers on tap, Mill St. and Beau's and ... Kitchisippi, I believe? What a treat.
Once seated, we all ordered gargantuan amounts of different meats and chowed down. My boyfriend and I split the big sampler. Everything was awesome. We had pulled pork, jerk pork and baby-back ribs with tangy coleslaw and cornbread on the side. We all ate it all.
This meat must put people in an extra good mood. We had conversations about meat with the table beside us, as we were all just loving life. Even once we finished eating, the group talked about the food for another ... hour, maybe? We reminisced about it as if it were magical. We were all so happy.

Anyways, I guess I kinda like this place. I will probably be back. Also, WHAAAAT? I see below there are $5 pints on Monday? BONUS!

Edited to add: Oh yeah, the service is great, the atmosphere is great, the decor is lovely, blah blah... meat.

2011 Dec 20
Returned here with some friends last night for their $5 pints (on Monday night on all beers) and food. In all we tried the side ribs, jerk chicken, pulled pork, and beef ribs, with the mac and cheese and creamy coleslaw.

All in all, I liked the flavour of the side ribs, but they were a bit overcooked. The pulled pork was fantastic. The chicken thighs and wing/leg were very good (very spicy) but the breast was again a little overcooked. The beef ribs were delicious, but at four ribs for $22 (some not too meaty), a little pricy.

Both sides were great, particularly the mac and cheese (as noted by others). All in all, I will return for sure.

Oh and comparing this place to southern U.S. holes in the wall is apples to oranges - this is a far more refined BBQ joint. Different category in my opinion.

2011 Dec 5
I'm not sure what research you expected me to do besides eat at the place, Culinary Ottawa. If the cornbread was indeed homemade, we felt that it was a bit too perfect looking, and really wasn't anything spectacular - not particularly moist, nor flavorful. I don't eat ribs, but my husband was the one who felt he could taste liquid smoke in the ribs. I know he wasn't mistaking the OJ for liquid smoke - perhaps tang wasn't the right word for me to use; but I'm not sure what the right word would have been.

Like I mentioned, I'm kinda spoiled by having a dad who can do up great bbq, and by having ready access to good bbq joints where I lived previously. I can see how SmoQue Shack could become very popular with a certain crowd, and it was nice to see the beer list, even if we didn't partake in any. I just think there are certain things that could be done better to make it into a true bbq joint - like making sure everything is scratch or artisan made, and the portion sizes were on the small side for a place that's supposedly Southern...

2011 Dec 2
A nice treat to have this added to our Market-ish core. Too often there's no good option for a place to just pop into -- and Smoque Shack fits the bill very well. We loved the decor .. they're sitting right on the fine line between casual and high-end bar. Nice beer list, nice atmosphere, and good food.

We had the mac n cheese, baked beans, a small portion of brisket and the South/sweet chicken (don't remember the flavour name exactly..). The m&c and beans were both novel and delicious. We were caught off-guard by the pork in the beans, as neither of us really eat it and there was no mention of it on the menu. But we dug in anyway, and it was worth the payoff. The meat was solid and hearty .. moist and not over-seasoned, which already puts it above a number of other similar dishes in town.

A very comfortable place -- food, service, decor. Prices were great .. love that we can sample a bunch of things for a few bucks each. We'll be back before long.

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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.