A friend of mine invited me out for his birthday, so the wife and I packed up the little man and rolled out to Smoq. The food was good but the service was so so despite the place being completely empty on a weeknight.
According to its website Smoq is a restaurant that focuses on the slow cooing and southern cuisine. The place is very posh and well laid out. The decor is very nice and the place is laid out well. The service wasn’t so great the night we attended. The place was virtually empty with only one or two servers. The tables were covered in butcher paper and were sparsely decorated. They offer 3 kinds of sauces, which is the typical sweet, regular and vinegar based sauce.
They offer a variety of dishes, but mostly BBQ related fare. They have a dish called fried ribs, which is what it sounds like, ribs that are breaded and deep fried. Their entrees are typical, brisket, chicken, and even a meatloaf made from buffalo. They also have salmon, steak and shrimp entrees on the menu. You can find a copy of the menu by clicking here.
I got the fried catfish with collard greens and sweet potato brulee. The catfish was good and meaty. IT was fried a little harder than I would have liked. I thought it was a little different than I had expected. The batter was tasty but overall I wasn’t impressed. I usually prefer a breaded fish. The collard greens were well seasoned and cooked well. The sweet potato brulee was very sweet and was honestly one of the best parts of the meal. It had walnuts on top, which meant my wife couldn’t try it.
My wife got the brisket with the collard greens and the mac and cheese. The brisket was pretty good. It was tender and well seasoned. I sort of wished I had gotten it. I also liked the mac & cheese, which was creamy and rich.
Ratings: (out of 5)
I give the whole experience 3 out of 5 broken eggs.
It was delicious BBQ, not particularly better than other places I have eaten, but good none the less. I would go back for a few things, but i cant say I would be willing to pay their prices.
For more information on the location:
275 PICTORIA DRIVE
CINCINNATI, OHIO 45246