Southern-style kitchen and smokehouse offering barbecue in Westboro. Hand-crafted cocktails, local beer and wine.

Fried Chicken at Lexington Smokehouse and Bar
Foods from Lexington Smokehouse and Bar

2019 Jul 23
Went Saturday night. My wife and I were dropping our kid off in Westboro, and hadn't eaten yet.

Room was nice, some exposed brick, some wood, though sort of a modern look. Definitely loud -- hard to be heard at times over music and other diners trying to talk over the music. Youngish crowd. Nice casual service.

Brussels sprouts for a snack (really good), and then shared the Beef Cheek Nicoise, and a thing they call To Start which is two meats and 2 sides -- we got brisket and pulled pork, fries and potato salad.

We really enjoyed everything, though I think we could have done better on the sides -- fries were fantastic, but potato salad (apart from doubling up on potatos) a bit bland.

Nicoise was great if a bit unusual -- typical cherry tomatoes, new potatoes, haricots vert, with tapenade instead of whole olives -- on a less typical creamy tarragon dressing, topped with really smoky slices of beef cheek.

The barbecue was really nice. I already lauded the beef cheeks on my salad, the brisket was super tender and well flavoured, and the pulled pork was good too. House bbq sauces all good, liked the Carolina best.

Saw the earlier comment re value. Maybe they have shaken up their menu, but we thought they did pretty well on the value front. At $15 the salad was solid and the To Start, at $26, also seemed well-priced. Good sized portions of everything, and lots of little pickle accessories. Agree that the coleslaw was served in a thimble on the To Start plate -- sounds like we got the same thimble as the earlier writer -- but it seemed like more of an accent than a side, so not an issue for us.

Beer to wash it down.

We left full and happy.

2019 Jun 16
I wanted to love this place as it came highly recommended by a foodie friend of mine, but it fell short of expectations.

First: burger. Very good bacon, nice fresh soft ciabatta bun but otherwise a miss. The burger itself was two small patties, way too small for the $18 price point. The meat had no texture, certainly not grilled and hard to tell if fried on griddle as there was no bark on exterior. It had a fast food mouthfeel although the meat is advertised as local and high quality from O'Briens. Processed cheese which is inexcusable at this price. No cold veggie toppings instead fried onions which is all the rage among the chains. The lack of raw veggies like tomato, onions, greens is a lamentable shortcut.

The shoestring fries were very good but too small a portion. Even the ketchup provided was pathetically short in supply as was the Cole slaw which was in the same tiny condiment thimble as the ketchup. Cheap.

I tasted a bit from my friend's fried chicken. Great breading, good flavour, but tiny pieces. Again, poor value for what I think was also an $18 plate.

Finally, very good service and nice ambience. However, will not be back for anything other than beer. Good draft selection of 14 oz brews for $6.

2019 Aug 12
A pretty well brined and fried chicken on a biscuit with coleslaw and a side of creamy Mac and cheese. I added show string fries which were quite salty. Nice texture but salty. The food is rich so it’s filling fast!

There is a nice selection of local beers on tap and a good wine selection. Service is very good too.