Smokey's Char Grill opens Wednesday. Hamden, Ct
3810 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, CT06518
Promising real slow cooked smoked meats/ribs/sandwiches/burgers/rib eyes and sides.
Real authentic smoker here, custom made, rumor has it 12 hour pulled pork and 15 hour brisket.Apple cider brined slow smoked chickens, Bison burgers,roasted corn.....Bring it on!
Will report back later in the week, with pics...
Landmark? New building, or a reincarnation? That drive-in sorta place, used to be Ralphies on the rail trail?
Yes, it's good. I had the ribs, wife had the quarter chicken. Each of us gave our entrees an "8" out of ten (but there have been maybe 2 or 3 tens, EVER). Sides (fries, cornbreak, corn, mac & cheese) were decent, but not worth going out of your way for. Prices were very reasonable ($10.99 for half a rack, maybe on the small side, plus the two sides), and there was only one empty table inside when we left at 12:15PM today.
Friends went during the week, enjoyed the burgers and pulled pork sandwiches.
Looked like a new building to us.
Went and was not impressed. Brisket is on the menu yet the chef/owner doesn't know how to cut it-he shreds it, like pulled pork...ugh tougher than leather...Brisket is to be sliced against the grain like corned beef...
Sides all pre-packed tubs of supermarket quality.
I asked what was homemade -"baked beans"-so I tried 'em...They were canned with added sugar...oldest and vilest trick in the book.
Owner/cook seems to have no experience cooking Q prior to this...
I can hear the grim reaper approaching....
I was there a week ago to share a large bbq sampler with a friend. The brisket was sliced exactly as it should be (against the grain like c.b.) and was quite moist & tender. The bbq chicken actually had a smoky flavor to the meat, not just roast or grilled chicken slathered with sauce.
On the way home tonight (and it's literally a stone's throw from my home, if you have a good arm), I ordered a small bbq sampler, which came with 2 sides. My choices were fire roasted corn, which appeared to be about 1/3 of a fresh ear, and was tasty and perfectly cooked on the grill (not boiled to death first); and mac&cheese, which was acceptible but nothing special. The small sampler can easily feed 2 people with normal appetites. I'm ashamed to admit I didn't share it tonight.
On previous visits I had the onion rings, which were absolutely great, IMHO. (In a previous incarnation, a long, long time ago, this used to be Balough's, very popular with the Q college students and a source of fantastic onion rings.)
On that first visit we ran into an old friend of my friend whom we hadn't seen in years. He & his wife raved about the baked beans, but I haven't tried them yet.
Note: They're closed Mondays, and close early (8PM) Tues-Thurs & Sun.
Smokey's Char Grill/BBQ
3810 Whitney Ave., Hamden, CT 06518-1518