HOME > Chowhound > Chains >

Discussion

Smokey Bones...BBQ

This Darden chain, think Red Lobster & Olive Garden, is not bad! Pass on their Baby Backs and go for the St Louis style bones (much better). Nice interiors replete with your own speaker box at every table so you can tune into the TV audio of your choice. This is a great ammenity for sports fans. Very rustic vibe with some 'decent' down home cooking. As for the other aformentioned chains within the Darden empire, I have no opinion as I have never set foot in either one!

ciao down houn...d/s

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
Delete
  1. I agree, I like Smokey Bones. And I always get the St. Louis style ribs. Service is fast and the food is consistantly good. The onion rings are pretty good too.

    1. I think Smokey Bones is good also. Not the best but good enough that I would go back. But I will say that I do not care for their two table sauces. One is mustard based and the other seems to be a hickory flavored. Neither to me eccentuated their que when you put some on it.

      John

      1 Reply
      1. re: RibDog

        I agree with you about the sauces. I find if I combine the two and use it lightly, it seems to work.

      2. I'll eat their brisket, spare ribs are ok. Beyond that, and the pork sandwich, nothing out of the ordinary.
        They are changing the menu -- in fact, they probably wil change the name -- to emphasize the sports bar and play down the bbq.

        But, get the bag of donuts. Hot, freshly made, dusted in a paper bag with cinnamon and sugar and srved with a jelly sauce.

        To Die For.

        Bob

        1 Reply
        1. re: Bob Mervine

          We stop sometimes just for coffee and a bag of donuts.

        2. I think the cinnamon apples are to die for. Their BBQ isn't really true BBQ, but it is tasty.

          1 Reply
          1. re: sstinso01

            I really like their cinnamon apples too. Beyond that, there's nothing outstanding on the menu, but they do their best to be reliable and inoffensive to as many people as possible, and they've got an acceptable chicken sandwich when we find ourselves in an unfamiliar area surrounded by chains.

          2. They serve buffalo there -- anyone tried it?