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“Verry good BBQ”

Smokey Joe's Restaurant
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Mechanicsville, Maryland
Level 6 Contributor
205 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Verry good BBQ”
Reviewed 19 May 2014

The BBQ is very good at Smokey Joes. I have been several times and never been disappointed with their food.

Visited May 2014
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English first
Lexington Park, Maryland
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Well-kept county secret”
Reviewed 14 May 2014

Strangely, I've lived in St. Mary's County my entire life and didn't try Smokey Joe's for the first time until about two years ago. It's a favorite of my husband's and mine and it's been a great experience every time.
First of all, don't expect much in the way of atmosphere. It's super casual and has a little bit of a hole-in-the-wall feel, but we like that. That's where good food tends to come from. It's just not necessarily the place for a romantic dinner. You order at the counter and go grab it when they call your number. You either walk out the door with it or go grab some plasticware and find an open table. I don't know the names of the ladies behind the counter but they're an absolute hoot and are so friendly. They also hand out samples if you're not sure of what you want.
Everything we've had here is good. I love the pulled pork and my husband loves the ribs. My husband is a chef and we're both rib snobs and basically try them everywhere. Smokey Joe's has been by far the best in St. Mary's. The steakhouse chains don't even come close. SJ's are flavorful and falling off the bone. Not over-seasoned, and not overcooked. We're also coleslaw and potato salad snobs, and SJ delivers there too. Last time, I couldn't decide on sides, so the lady told me to try potato salad and baked beans and mix them. I thought it was crazy, but they were fantastic.
Prices are reasonable, food is off the chain, and the staff are pleasant and friendly. Definitely worth a visit.

  • Visited April 2014
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Lexington Park, Maryland
Level 5 Contributor
72 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Smokey Joes is Great.”
Reviewed 15 April 2014 via mobile

Ask any local, this place is awesome. The staff are a friendly bunch of guys that busy their butts to get you fed and back to work ASAP. They get it. The food is consistently delicious. Catering with smokey joes is a breeze. I hope they have much success.

  • Visited December 2013
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Lexington Park, Maryland
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“The best NC Style BBQ north of NC”
Reviewed 4 March 2014

I get carry out here at least once per month. The competition might have better atmosphere but not better food! Would go more ofter if SWMBO would allow it!

  • Visited February 2014
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Lexington Park, Maryland
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great BBQ and other surprises!”
Reviewed 19 January 2014

This is a great place for all types of BBQ including pork, chicken, and beef. They also have some great specials during the week such as beer can chicken, spaghetti, and beef burgundy. This is a small hideaway, but can fit family and friends for a small party or group. Also serves chili, soups and desserts.

  • Visited December 2013
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