Blue Bar & Smokehouse
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Dined in Saturday night. You order by QR CODE via cell phone or at a counter, so it's sort of a fast casual restaurant. The food was fine. The shredded pork was quite good but the chicken was a bit dry and the brisket was okay. We loved all of our sides (Mac n cheese, corn casserole, beans, and squash). Unfortunately, there was a hair in my food that definitely was not mine - then I noticed that half kitchen staff had long hair (mostly men) but nothing covering or pulling their hair back. One had long blonde hair past his shoulders just hanging in his face. Not ideal. Also a but surprised none of the staff had masks on. Even if you don't require guests to wear masks, I think staff still should. This pandemic isn't over yet... The staff was kind but they literally stopped by our table at least 15 times to ask if we had questions or needed anything. It was too much. I wanted to order a beer but was told I had to order separately at the bat, but later noticed another staff member serving drinks to a nearby table. Ultimately, our overall experience here was just...fine. I think management could make some pretty simple, immediate changes to improve the diners experience though.
Large portion, great taste and high quality. Seemed like it may have been a few dollars more than other barbecue places but they made up for it with their portion size. I ordered the 3 meat plate. Definitely enough for 2 people. Brisket was outstanding, pulled pork was a very close second and the pulled chicken was just ok. Sides ordered were very good too. Baked mac and cheese was a definite, corn casserole was fantastic and brisket baked beans had several different kinds of beans and big chunks of brisket, very good. We ordered the smoked apple cobbler topped with vanilla ice cream as well. Awesome. Will definitely return. Highly recommended. Upon return, we'll order 2 meat plate with brisket and pork as well as mac and corn casserole. If we're starving, double up on pork or brisket, maybe try ribs... Total $45 including tip.
Edward Needham Jr
The atmosphere was nice and relaxing. The aromas of the meats cooking was such a pleasure. Ordered the smoked margarita. Was rather disappointed. Not a hint of smoke. Tasted like a plain margarita. Burnt tips app-100% spot on loved the pickled onions. 3 meats main- definitely done right Brisket was seasoned perfect and fell apart Pulled pork heart taste and melted like butter Half rack of ribs. Dry rid was delicious Potato salad was great Mac and cheese was delicious OMG the corn casserole was devine ( I need that recipe) Smoked beans were good. The pay through the cell phone was a first for me. Not to difficult. To be honest it makes me rethink the worth of a tip.
Food was all right I guess. Ordered a brisket sandwich with fries and drink. Brisket taste was good, but came out kinda chewy and cold. I liked the different BBQ'S available at the table. Fries also could have been cooked for longer as they were pretty mushy. Service was all right. They were prompt to help me get the food ordered and get the food brought to the table at least. Probably should have seen that as a red flag though from my time working in food as it seems the food was made too quickly without the proper care.
I've been here several times but only felt compelled to review the restaurant after I ate the wings. If you like smoked wings, I definitely recommend them. The pulled pork is good too. The bar has daily specials.