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Oct 6, 2012 07:26 AM

Taino Smokehouse (Middletown, CT): what to my wondering eyes?!

Saw a sign for this in the plaza across from Pameacha Pond on 17 (next to Ace Hardware) last night. It must be in the spot where my much loved D&S used to be. Not sure if they're open yet. I'll breeze by today and report back. What a nice addition to the local food scene this could be. Fingers crossed.

And HA HA HA, they almost spell badada (batata/POTATO) as I do. :)

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  1. Katty,
    Taino(s) were the natives in The Dominican Republic befoer Columbus arrived. I wonder what those Dominicans will be smoking.
    I've made more than 60 trips to the DR in the past35 years and smoked meat is not a common restaurant offering

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    1. re: bagelman01

      I just laughed out loud so hard you cannot imagine...

    2. I had brisket there last night and it was amazing. I am from Texas. I'm a Louis Muller and Goode Co. kind of girl. And this brisket was stellar. The fact that this place is within walking distance of my house is probably not a good thing.

      They are in the midst of a soft open and overwhelmed by the response.Every table was full [and there are not many to start with] and the number of take out orders had them backed up. But they were very gracious and indulged my questions about the process for their brisket. So if anyone heads there right now I hope they adjust some of their expectation accordingly - not about the quality of the food, but about the wait and other things that seem like they need shaking out. The kind of things I would expect during a soft open. They don't have a liquor license yet. And apparently they sold out of ribs within twenty minutes of opening.They are only open in the evenings. Those sorts of things.

      But the brisket is serious.

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      1. re: jse91

        Hey neighbor! I walked in and grabbed a menu late last week and witnessed exactly what you described (full house!) and the explanation that it was just a soft opening, not open for lunch yet...I was in there long enough to grab a menu and ask about hours, and left smelling pleasantly smoky after just a few minutes. :)

        I'm from CT, so Louis Muller and Goode Co. has no meaning to me, but it may to others who read along. I LOVE good brisket and can't wait to try it. What can you share about their process since you say they were kind enough to indulge your questions? Cats are curious, for sure! :) Do tell.

        ETA: And welcome to Chowhound! Our board has been so quiet of late. Please don't be a stranger.

          1. re: kattyeyes

            I didn't ask a lot of questions, but I've seen some interesting things called BBQ in this part of the world. Mostly I wanted to make sure it was dry - they use just salt and pepper, so that's more than fine. And I wanted to make sure they were serious about how long they smoked it. They are. After repeatedly trying Cookhouse in New Milford, wanting to believe, I'm skeptical up here.

            As far as I'm concerned, Louis Muller's sets the standard. If you are ever in Austin, skip the Salt Lick and drive out to Taylor, TX.

            In fact, my only quibble with Taino is that that don't sell the meat by weight and in butcher paper. But I can live with that.

            1. re: jse91

              EXCELLENT--thanks for the lowdown! I can't wait to get there...but I'll try not to rush. :) Appreciate the Austin tip, too, ya never know.

          2. re: jse91

            Thank you for the report! I have a HUGE weakness for brisket and am beyond intrigued. I'll give it a couple of weeks and then check them out.

            1. re: mels

              The Texas BBQ company in Massachusetts is also good.

            2. re: jse91

              HOLY SMOKES! You did NOT oversell that brisket. I had the sandwich tonight with fries. Outstanding. Tender. A generously stuffed sandwich.

              Liquor license--you can BYO. Heck, you can just walk to The Bottle Shop if you didn't think to bring adult beverages, it's that close (same plaza as Best Cleaners).

              You didn't mention the cornbread. I had been eyeing it throughout dinner. When the waitress brought the check, she brought little mini corn muffins along...buttery, corny, fresh, wow. I have a large one waiting on my counter for breakfast tomorrow.

              Welcome to town, Taino Smokehouse! I wish you great success!

              1. re: kattyeyes

                I'm so glad you liked it. I was there for takeout early tonight and they told me they will be selling by the pound soon. But they are going to need a bigger place!

                1. re: jse91

                  Agree--they will outgrow those tight quarters quickly!

            3. Mmm, try the creamed spinach. Seriously.

              1. And save room for the turtle cheesecake if it's there the next time you go. WOW.