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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

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  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.


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      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.


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        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.

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          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?

            1. The Buffalo burgers are good, though for some reason, I had a touch of heartburn after eating it.

              1. The one time I had it, it was dry and flavorless.

                If you want a good buffalo burger, get the one at "K" on the lunch menu. Very moist, juicy and flavorful.


                1. My experience hasnt been good, just dry and flavorless like bob said. the best bbq i think i've had is in rochester minnesota, at roscoe's. they won the cleveland rib burn off one year.

                  1. The sauces are ok...I definately prefer the sweet one over the mustard based one.

                    Unfortunately, I have never had room for the donuts! I'll have to save space next time I'm in the place...or take out.

                    Are the apples a side dish?

                    I found the rest of the menu to be kind of run of the mill and have yet to try much else other wings & nachos. Which is exactly what they were, a little above average I'd say.

                    Interesting comment about the change of name/game! I had heard where they (Darden) wern't too happy with the brand's results. I thought the name/concept was pretty snappy...but your right, it does nothing to emphasize the excellent sports bar angle. My friends back home go for most sporting events and have been for years.

                    As for the "true bbq" thread, that depends. I beleive they probably use some kid of spaceship smoker. Hence their "Pink Smoke Ring" alert. The rub works well on the St Louies coupled with that pink smoke ring and some sweet sauce. I bet it's some of the best BBQ in many American suburbs...sadly.

                    It'll be interesting to see what becomes of this chain...in the meantime can I get a donut over here?

                    1. I had it a couple of times when I was down in Florida last year (I'm about 1,500 miles from the nearest one up here.) My parents make a point of stopping there when they're in that area too. The ribs are quite good, and the donuts aren't anything too incredible, but the novelty of seeing them in a place like that still makes them worth getting. Living up here in a vast barbecue wasteland, you take what you can get...

                      1. The Smokey Bones here in the heart of Texas is suffering. They have made several menu changes to attract new business. Darden can probably keep it open as long as they wish but it has not caught on with folks in Texas. Their location is a good one - right on a major highway but I have been expecting them to close for a while now. I agree with the sstinso01, NOT really BBQ.

                        1. going to Smokey Bones for BBQ is like going to Pizza Hut for Pizza, not good.