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Restaurant Fri Apr 20 2007

Yet Another Smoque Review

Smoque Pulled Pork Sandwich Reviews of the newest north-west side BBQ restaurant Smoque aren't hard to come by. (We've already covered it here, in fact.) It seems everyone has an opinion when it comes to barbecue, and I am hardly qualified to throw in my two cents. What I do know is that this place is still packing 'em in, so they must be doing something right. When I arrived at quarter to 7 on a recent weeknight, the line at the counter stretched almost out the door. Tables were scarce, but the management was doing its darnedest to make sure everyone who wanted a seat got one.

By 7:30, things had quieted down a bit. The restaurant has been open long enough now to have developed efficient service methods, so our number was called within ten minutes of placing the order. And even though I'm no expert on these matters, I thought the pulled pork sandwich was first rate. The sauce, which is used sparingly on the sandwich but is thoughtfully served in a little cup on the side, is no thick grocery store goo. It's thin and tangy and left my mouth a little tingly once I had lapped up my own serving and half of my dining partner's little cup.

Smoque Half and Half Sandwich Plus, who can find fault with a place that offers a "half and half" sandwich (pictured here), which allows you to taste both the brisket and the pork without having to bust your budget or your gut? As for the sides, the fries, coleslaw, and corn bread were all given decent marks. Even the sandwich bun holds its own. So despite my lack of expertise, I'm here to report that Smoque continues to serve good food at a good price. Come early (or late) though, because word has definitely gotten out.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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