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Smoke 'n Wings BBQ Smoke House in San Jose

Melanie Wong Jul 27, 2013 02:22 AM

A new barbecue spot by competition team Wine With Swine opened in San Jose last month. I've not checked it out yet, but I did judge the team's chili at the contest in Oakland two months ago and it was excellent. Hope to hear some reports.

Smoke 'n Wings BBQ Smoke House
916 Meridian Ave
San Jose, CA
(408) 298-2326
https://www.facebook.com/SmokenWingsB...

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    mdg RE: Melanie Wong Jul 27, 2013 10:45 PM

    Thanks for the update. There's generally been one new restaurant per year at that location for the past few years, in part because the places that have opened have often been mediocre. Hope this place is good and can last!

    Michael

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      Melanie Wong RE: mdg Jul 27, 2013 10:50 PM

      Fingers crossed!

      Yeah, I noticed that when I was looking for more info. The website for Wings Dip, I guess the previous occupant, is still up.
      http://wingsdip.com/

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        yuko RE: Melanie Wong Jul 31, 2013 05:12 PM

        Within 12 months that I have lived in SJ, this is the 3rd restaurant (Thaibodia, Wings Dip, and then now Smoke 'N Wings), so hopefully it will stay around for a while. I pass by this location quite often during lunch or dinner time and the Wings Dip was always empty, so I was not surprised when it closed. On the other hand, I was quite disappointed when Thaibodia (which has another location in Santa Clara, and I did like some of their Cambodian specials) closed. They told me that they were moving to the location occupied by a horrible Chinese restaurant nearby (Mr. Chau's), but for some reasons, that didn't happen.

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          Melanie Wong RE: yuko Aug 2, 2013 12:49 PM

          yuko, I found this old report on Santa Clara's Thaibodia. If you have any updates, it would be great if you could post them there.
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5983...

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      shebanator RE: Melanie Wong Jul 31, 2013 04:46 PM

      I've been, and its very good competition style BBQ. We've had the ribs, the tritip, and the brisket. All were great, though the brisket wasn't quite up to the same level as the tritip. The cole slaw and cheesy cornbread muffins were good sides.

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        mlutsky RE: Melanie Wong Aug 1, 2013 09:40 PM

        Checked it out on Sunday and the tri-tip was amazing. Also tried the ribs, brisket and two types of chicken wings. Everything was great.

        1. Melanie Wong RE: Melanie Wong Aug 1, 2013 11:59 PM

          My brother said he tried the ribs. He got a whole rack. It wasn't cut into individual ribs, and the rib tips were not trimmed away. He said it was quite tender and came off the bone easily, which is more done than competition style. Can't remember what he thought of the wings other than being big.

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            MRubenzahl RE: Melanie Wong Sep 17, 2013 02:38 PM

            I just got back from there and like it a lot!

            I just wrote a review: http://www.yelp.com/biz/smoke-n-wings...

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              Lisa S. RE: MRubenzahl Sep 17, 2013 03:51 PM

              Not all odd BBQ places are good, but all good BBQ places are odd? This place definitely qualifies as odd. Smoker in the parking lot of a refurbished Taco Bell, wood stacked high in the garbage container receptacle, fast food style chicken wings dominating the menu. But the BBQ is the best we've come across in this area. Smokiness of the meats being the most distinctive characteristic indicating some serious low and slow cooking time. Agree with you about the "chewy" texture of the ribs being satisfying. Can't agree with you about the service which is almost as slow as the cooking. But as with most good Q places, you should probably call in advance anyway just to make sure they're not out of your favorites.

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                Melanie Wong RE: MRubenzahl Sep 22, 2013 02:01 PM

                I've had barbecue from Smoking Pig,
                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8725...
                and Big Ed's Buzzard recently,
                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9130...

                Haven't been to Smoke 'n Wings yet. If you've been to the others, how does it compare?

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                mdg RE: Melanie Wong Sep 22, 2013 09:41 PM

                Alas, my visit a few days ago was disappointing. The pork ribs were probably the best, tasty but not distinctive, and a little dry. The brisket managed to be both dry yet have a lot of uncooked fat on the edges. It looked smokier than it tasted, so both dry and a bit bland. The beans were horrifically sweet. The cornbread was adulterated with some weird cheese / jalapeno like tastes and orange color that was unappealing.

                I don't think Smoking Pig has anything to worry about in terms of barbecue quality. Maybe the wings are better, but I'm not a huge wing fan so I'll not be trying them. This doesn't seem the place to break the mediocre restaurant curse at this location.

                The draft Sierra Nevada was good.

                Michael

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                  Melanie Wong RE: mdg Sep 25, 2013 06:49 PM

                  When in doubt, have a beer.

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