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“Bad bbq”
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Smoke
Cuisines: Barbecue
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Reviewed 21 July 2013

If you like good bbq, avoid this place as it lacks everything that good bbq needs to be good (i.e. flavor) The brisket I had had almost no smoke ring with no smoke flavor and it had no bbq flavor. The corn tasted like feed corn, and the ribs were mediocre at best. The only vegetable that was good was the mashed potatoes. The service was the only redeeming factor. I will not recommend this restaurant.

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Thank MikeD24
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Reviewed 14 July 2013

Smoke on Front Street in downtown Wilmington is a rare find. Nothing pretentious here. Just great smoked meats barbeque from different regions. Sweet cornbread mac and cheese and green bean casserole! Lots more sides fried chicken desserts. All served buffet style. Neat clean eclectic. Full bar and large range of beers. Nice wait staff. Definitely a bargain.

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Thank MaryNC
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Reviewed 29 June 2013

Decent BBQ
Decent beer selection - like the highlighted NC brews
Not sure I totally understand the cafeteria style but the meats were good. The sides could have used a bit more attention - sitting a bit long
Service was pleasant and the price was right
Would return for a beer

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Thank Scott B
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Reviewed 19 June 2013

This is a cafeteria style setup, though much clumsier. The waitress took our drink order and we then walked to the absolute back of the long building to the food. The meat (chicken, ribs, pulled pork,brisket) are under domes on one steam table, and the sides are on another. There is no where to rest your tray while you are served. You have only one choice of meat, and can only sample pulled pork and brisket. I had the ribs, which were average but a small portion. The real disappointment were the sides. The mac-n-cheese reminded me of Kraft pasta and shells, the collards were the common flavor and texture from K&W. Cornbread was stale. Corn on the cob was waterlogged. The place is a former bar and that would serve better than a feeble attempt at a bbq restaurant. Save your money for elsewhere.

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Thank kinsenc
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Reviewed 19 June 2013

The bottom line is this: there is no better barbeque, quality of service, or price in Wilmington. It is downtown in the middle of Front Street. Yes, you might have to find a place to park. Yes, it is in the middle of Front Street which might require you to navigate between groups of people to get there. Yes, it might look dark on the outside. However, you need to enter and then experience a an overall quality unlike any found in either St. Louis or Memphis. Not only are the food selections and sides exceptional, you will also find people who work there who are ready, able, willing, and anxious to help you be totally happy with the experience. In fact, be prepared to be smiled at as they note that chicken, brisket, ribs, and pork can be had all in conjunction with a multitude of draft beer types. This place is reasonably priced, welcoming, and delicious. Perhaps it is the best place in town for having delicious food without being copped with a "fru-fra" attitude and the overwhelming price to go with it.

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Thank beachatthedoor
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