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Mar 26, 2014 07:33 AM

Bobby Q's Smokehouse - Suffern

I saw that this opened up last month. Has anyone been?

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  1. We went last week and thoroughly enjoyed it, perhaps even more than Fink's other place in Dumont. The menu is a bit larger and the ambiance is that of a loud roadhouse. Service was good. The ribs and the fried-a-cue chicken were perfect. The fried catfish with a remoulade was as good as we had at the now departed Johnny's Smokehouse in Pearl River. The sides were excellent; we especially enjoyed the beer mac and cheese, the Cajun seasoned fries, and the fresh coleslaw. There is a decent selection of beers on tap and a full bar. Hopefully, this place will maintain consistency with its quality which is sometimes a problem at other barbecue establishments. We went on a weeknight and the parking is a bit funky but not troublesome; apparently they have valet parking on weekends which makes sense considering the layout of the parking lot and the proximity to the road.

    1. Yippee! 'Q in Suffern! I sometimes go to the Lafayette Theatre on Saturday Mornings for their classic film series, and this will make a great post-movie lunch spot.

      Sigh: every silver lining has its own special grey cloud; they supplanted another favorite spot, Ireland's 32. Oh well.

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      1. re: mcsheridan

        Classic film series...have to look into that!

      2. I went there and wasn't impressed with the food.

        I'll go back and try something else because this area is pretty dead for good/cheap lunch food.

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        1. re: sdhound

          As is the case with most BBQ establishments north of the Mason Dixon Line, not everything is great. We stick to the items that we know are always very good: ribs, chicken, battered items (shrimp, catfish), beer mac and cheese, seasoned fries, coleslaw, mashed potatoes, roasted roots, spicy greens, and beer on tap. I find their BBQ beef to be too fatty and I don't like their pulled pork as much as I like their BBQ spareribs.

        2. Bobby Q's appears to have closed.

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          1. re: Sdenred

            Thanks for the update. It will be interesting to see what, if anything, goes in there. It's a tough location, to be sure.

            1. re: mcsheridan

              The new name is Split Rock menu, new theme, etc.

              Tough location. Fink's menu -- the smoked/BBQ wasn't bringing them in, so the owner's decided to change direction. It wasn't/isn't Fink's place -- the owner's just tried to "replicate" Fink's (Dumont) and thought it would be a real attraction. It just wasn't working there, so again, they changed up -- new theme, new menu, etc.

              Personally, I think it's just a tough location -- a little out of the way. I don't know if that location can really attract people outside of the typical "bar" kind of place. It was always a shot and beer, local, regulars, kind of place, with a few kids here and there. Long time place was just a drinking bar. I don't know if it can be a destination kind of place.

              1. re: ELA

                It looks like this place is changing once again, this time becoming Fink's BBQ and Cheesesteak Roadhouse:


            2. re: Sdenred

              And has already re-opened...

              1. re: ELA

                Looks like either some things weren't working, or they've gotten a new chef. When you go to the website, there's a splash pop-up that says "New Menu Coming Soon".

              2. re: Sdenred

                This means making the trip to Finks in Dumont instead.

                  1. re: ELA

                    Is Finks in Dumont GREAT?? We went to Bobby Q's on CH recs and were not pleased. Everything felt kind of dirty and food was a bit greasy and meh.

                    1. re: smilingal

                      I do not think that there is a "great" restaurant serving barbecue in the region. Finks is better than most though it can be inconsistent at times. When they are on, they are very, very good. At other times they are just okay. Personally, I am willing to take the chance when craving barbecue. We ate a number of times at Bobby Q's when they were open and found their food to be consistently good. However, you had to avoid some menu items (e.g. BBQ beef which tended to be fatty and chewy and rather unpleasant).

                      1. re: scott10

                        We've enjoyed Baileys in Blauvelt - but it has been a year or so that we've been.

                      2. re: smilingal

                        I think Fink's is excellent -- the best in area (Northern NJ, Rockland, etc.). I've gone countless times and have never had a complaint, had a sub-par meal, etc.

                1. Mighty Quinns is in does it stack up with Finks?

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                  1. re: smilingal

                    Mighty Quinn's is in Clifton...and in my opinion is not even a visible competitor to Fink's. You can see my comments/review of MQ's on the respective thread (MQ's is in the title).

                    1. re: ELA

                      Thanks for pointing me to that thread!