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Moonshine BBQ

harry in montreal Jul 24, 2013 09:43 AM

Went by last night at 1030PM. they sold all their meat but the store smelled wonderfully.

Anyone try the place?


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  1. SnackHappy RE: harry in montreal Jul 24, 2013 09:51 AM

    There's already a thread on the subject: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/910144

    I'm going tomorrow, so I'll try to report back.

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      eat2much RE: harry in montreal Jul 24, 2013 09:52 AM

      I went there last night as well. The pulled pork was tasty as was the corn bread but the tater tots were barely lukewarm. Will give them another try.

      The place is very popular with friends and family of the owners who have all posted glowing reviews on UrbanSpoon.

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        SnackHappy RE: eat2much Jul 24, 2013 09:55 AM

        "The place is very popular with friends and family of the owners who have all posted glowing reviews on UrbanSpoon."

        Ha! I guess those people have yet to discover Chowhound. I hope they never do.

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          JerkPork RE: SnackHappy Jul 25, 2013 06:09 AM

          I love those reviews of new restaurants on Urbanspoon, RestoMtl, etc…I see it all the time, they stick out like a woman at a Navy party. A place will be opened for three days but they'll have a page of perfect reviews from users with only 1 review.

          Let the food speak for itself, a few friends writing glowing reviews will not make a place if they don't deliver the goods to real customers. Moonshine's website mentions a Lunch Menu coming up so I'll try them at that point.

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            catroast RE: JerkPork Jul 25, 2013 09:06 AM

            i have a hard time believing that anyone opening a restaurant on decarie has a clue

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              jay_81k RE: JerkPork Jul 25, 2013 12:16 PM

              Hahah ya you gotta love that. I wrote a bad review on one place that did exactly that, and by the next day 3 more of their friends wrote a positive review to make up for my bad review. Pretty pathetic..

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          unlaced RE: harry in montreal Aug 14, 2013 09:48 AM

          Cult Montreal just posted a review

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          1. re: unlaced
            SnackHappy RE: unlaced Aug 14, 2013 12:40 PM

            I'm not quite sure what to make of that. The author puts down the restaurant, but doesn't really tell us why he didn't like it other than "It doesn't taste like smoke". This review seems to me like a bit of a hack job. I wish he had some stronger arguments than "Trust me, I know what I'm talking about."

            I didn't get to try the place last time, but I am going this week. I'll make it a point to report back here.

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              Maximilien RE: SnackHappy Aug 14, 2013 01:20 PM

              it's just that if you are lucky enough to have tasted "real" USA BBQ, then Moonshine is not worth it.

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                SnackHappy RE: Maximilien Aug 14, 2013 01:41 PM

                Is that your personal opinion or are you just relating what was written in the article? Because, in the case of the latter, that's what I understood as well, but nowhere in the article does he even state that he's had BBQ in the US. He just acts a bit condescending and seems to hope we'll buy into whatever he's implying. Maybe he has had it, but that doesn't necessarily qualify him as a BBQ expert, either.

                I have no opinion about Moonshine BBQ. Maybe it really isn't that great. I'll give you my take on it after the weekend. What I do know, however, is that this review is poorly written and doesn't make a very strong argument against the place.

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                  eat2much RE: SnackHappy Aug 14, 2013 01:58 PM

                  I have found that many of the reviews on Cult Montreal have a very uninformed but uber-hipster 'tude. They remind me of a sign that used to hang at my local butcher in the '80's that read "Hire a teenager while they still know everything".

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                    lagatta RE: eat2much Aug 15, 2013 07:13 AM

                    Everything in CultMtl has that tone...

                    Not to stereotype blogs and online mags done by young people; I find "alamodemontreal" quite thoughtful, including their food reviews.

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                      catroast RE: lagatta Aug 15, 2013 08:07 AM

                      the worst reviews are by Bartek Komorowski although his reviews are now slightly better than they were when he was writing for the MTL MIRROR.

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                        Fintastic RE: catroast Aug 16, 2013 03:20 PM

                        Watch his well-produced cooking videos on youtube, particularly "How to Correctly Feed Vegans", and you might get a different appreciation for his style of writing.

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                      Shattered RE: eat2much Aug 16, 2013 01:49 PM

                      CultMtl has the uber-hipster 'tude because they are run by former Hour and Mirror writers, and that was and is the contributors and the audience. They even carried over Rant Line. Plus they're mostly unpaid, it's free, and you get what you pay for. But when the 'best' articles are the jokey ones like the Brochette obit or a guide to public outdoors drinking, there's a problem. Mind you, the best Hour and Mirror writers landed on their feet in paid gigs.

                      For uber-hipster-oriented arts and culture coverage, Midnight Poutine and Nightlife are head and shoulders above Cult (and above the Mirror and the Hour for at least their last couple years, too, come to think of it). MP is quite good at food reviews of unpretentious places, which is impressive since I get the impression most of their correspondents are 'starving' students. A reminder that good cheap food (& the relative ease of opening a non-alcohol licensed kitchen) is one of this city's definite strengths. One of MP's best features are comparison reviews, on a scale, of places serving the same kind of cuisine.

                  2. re: Maximilien
                    EaterBob RE: Maximilien Aug 14, 2013 01:57 PM

                    There is plenty of crappy BBQ in the USA as well.

                  3. re: SnackHappy
                    JerkPork RE: SnackHappy Aug 15, 2013 06:08 AM

                    Snackhappy, you took the words out of my mouth concerning this horrible review, I said the same thing, "is this person friends with another BBQ joint". I had to laugh from the get go when the reviewer wrote that "if you think that cooking up some burgers on that big propane-powered cast-iron grill in your backyard is barbecue", geez thanks, I never knew that.

                    As I posted in the other Moonshine thread, their meats are decent and IMO better than the over rated Blackstrap. I was really disappointed the last time I was at Blackstrap, some places just get a following from buzz like certain food trucks, I just don't get it.

                    We're not in the south, we don't have a culture of BBQ these places are a start.

                    1. re: JerkPork
                      catroast RE: JerkPork Aug 15, 2013 08:09 AM

                      best part was (paraphrasing) the chicken tasted like chicken

                      let me tell you something, not enough places have chicken that tastes as it should.

                2. SnackHappy RE: harry in montreal Aug 18, 2013 07:33 PM

                  I finally made it to Moonshine, this weekend. I have to say, I was quite pleased with my meal. The place is not much to look at and the location isn’t great, but the food certainly does the job. We ordered the Champion ($54 and plenty for three people) which included ribs, pulled pork, brisket and sausage, along with braised greens, tater tots, sweet potato fries and macaroni and cheese.

                  Of the meats, the pulled pork impressed me most. It’s the best version I’ve had yet in Montreal. I tried it with both their mustard and vinegar sauces, there’s also a sweet BBQ sauce, and both worked really well. The sausage is also quite good. I wasn’t crazy about them putting sauce on them, but I guess that’s the style. The ribs were good, but I found the rub lacked a certain something. I also found them slightly undercooked. The brisket didn’t really do it for me. It fell apart too easily. I reckon it must be braised. It reminded me of the brisket at Triple Crown.

                  The sides were all pretty good. I’m not really a fan of sweet potato fries, but I guess these were fine. The tater tots were tater tots, and not greasy like someone had previously reported. The mac and cheese was decent, but that’s another dish that never really gets me excited. The greens were well prepared and much appreciated to break up the meat fest. Of course, the meat had nice smoke rings and tasted of smoke.

                  Overall, I’d say this place is worth a shot if you’re in the area. They have some special menu items that I guess get changed around. That’s not a bad reason to go back. Service when we went was slightly confused but gracious and friendly. Prices are ok, but I thought the beer, $6,90 for a bottle of Molson Canadian, was a bit expensive.

                  In the end, I prefer the ribs and brisket at Blackstrap, but I would go back for that pulled-pork, sausage and some of those special sides.

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                    BLM RE: SnackHappy Aug 19, 2013 08:35 AM

                    Thanks for your report. You have experience with trying top notch BBQ in the US? My experience of Southern BBQ is mostly limited to Montreal(never tried Southern BBQ in the US). I liked Moonshine BBQ in one time there(mostly just the Ribs & some sides). What special items would they sometimes carry? What type of sausages are they cooking on their smoker?

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                      SnackHappy RE: BLM Aug 19, 2013 09:08 AM

                      'You have experience with trying top notch BBQ in the US?"

                      Not really, I've had BBQ in the US, but I was young and not much of a foodie at the time. My observations are based mostly on following the BBQ trend in Montreal.

                      "What special items would they sometimes carry?"

                      When I was there, I saw some tamales and a gumbo dish. I didn't ask about what other stuff they serve.

                      "What type of sausages are they cooking on their smoker?"

                      I didn't ask what they called it, but it was a nicely seasoned and spiced pork (I think) sausage with a lovely semi-coarse texture. I can't confirm whether or not it's made on-site.

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                        BLM RE: SnackHappy Aug 19, 2013 09:15 PM

                        You have been to Rubs Smokehouse yet? If yes, do you like their Southern smoked meats? Wanted to go there last week, but they're still closed for renovations(re-opening at end of this month).

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                    JerkPork RE: harry in montreal Aug 20, 2013 08:30 PM

                    I had reviewed Moonshine in the other thread a couple of weeks ago (why are there so many multiple threads these days?) anyway was there for lunch again recently and had the pulled pork this time, definitely the best I've tried in the city. My last complaint was about the POM bread well they rectified that now and use a challah type bun, much better.

                    To mods, can we merge some threads?

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                    1. re: JerkPork
                      The Chowhound Team RE: JerkPork Aug 21, 2013 05:18 AM

                      Our software doesn't allow us to merge threads but you're very welcome to link to the other thread here.

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                        SnackHappy RE: The Chowhound Team Aug 21, 2013 08:09 AM

                        I linked to it in the the first reply and asked mods to lock this one, but nothing happened.

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                          The Chowhound Team RE: SnackHappy Aug 21, 2013 08:12 AM

                          We didn't see a flag on this thread or any of its replies, nor a request to lock it - sorry if we missed it. Since there are active conversations on both threads now, we'll keep both open.

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                            The Chowhound Team RE: SnackHappy Aug 21, 2013 08:13 AM

                            Actually, we did see the flag - sorry for any confusion. Since the thread wasn't an exact dupe, it wasn't removed. Multiple threads on the same restaurant are OK.

                      2. SnackHappy RE: harry in montreal Oct 24, 2013 11:55 AM

                        Oh, the disappointment.

                        I had dinner at Moonshine last night with a couple of friends and I don't know if it was an off night or if they've become victims of their success, but the meat was really not as good as it was when I first visited.

                        First off, a few things have changed. They now have table service and some better beer (Shipyard IPA). Service was very good and the staff were chatting up customers, some of whom were obviously in need of some BBQ education.

                        Now, about what we ate. We ordered the Champion again. It came with half a chicken, half rack of pork ribs, brisket and pulled pork along with tater tots, sweet potato fries, mac & cheese and greens.

                        The chicken was probably the best thing on that plate because, even though it wasn't very smokey, it wasn't overcooked either. Which was not the case for the pulled-pork and brisket which were dry, completely falling apart and not particularly smokey. I suspect they were cooked too quickly at too high a temperature. The ribs were properly smoked, but they were also dry and, even though I'm not a great fan of their very peppery rub, there wasn't enough of it. The sides were okay, although I preferred the greens on my first visit. Overall, it was just mediocre. Not bad, but not good and certainly not worth the money I had to fork over.

                        So, I don't think I'll be going back to Moonshine until I hear some positive reports. Right now, I think they are having some growing pains and probably cutting corners to keep up with demand. And there seems to be a lot of demand. There were no free tables the whole time I was there and it didn't look like it was going to empty out anytime soon. They were doing quite a bit of take-out as well, so I'm not worried about their bottom line.

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                          BLM RE: SnackHappy Oct 24, 2013 02:07 PM

                          Anyone doing consistently great slow cook BBQ in Montreal? My first time trying the brisket at Blackstrap BBQ, it was very good. The second time trying their brisket not so great. But both of those visits was early on, not many months after they first opened.

                          Been wondering if the smoked chicken wings at Moonshine BBQ were any good. Last time I wanted to try at Moonshine, I forgot they open at dinner beginning at 6pm(I came too early for dinner).

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                            jay_81k RE: SnackHappy Oct 24, 2013 02:09 PM

                            This is what happens to all these BBQ places I find, they start off strong, then get lazy and start taking shortcuts and the food suffers!

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                              cherylmtl RE: jay_81k Oct 24, 2013 03:11 PM

                              I haven't found that at Triple Crown yet - it gets better each time I'm there! And IMHO Blackstrap is still good, although it has had off nights.

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