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“Unacceptable in Every Way” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of Smokin' Jake's House of BBQ - CLOSED

Smokin' Jake's House of BBQ
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
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Good for: Groups
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Highchairs Available, Seating, Takeout
Oak Park, Illinois
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376 reviews
190 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Unacceptable in Every Way”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2013

Went there for a late lunch at about 3 PM. Place was pretty empty. Not very clean, sticky surfaces and musty smell. Ordered pulled pork and found it very blah. Almost no sauce. Baked beans had a peculiar taste. Coleslaw not very good either. On the other hand, hush puppies were quite good. I couldnot eat most of the fare and had to go elsewhere for lunch. I would not recommend this place at all.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank gstrange8
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  • English first
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English first
Virginia
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Good food--a little odd”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2012

Start by saying the food is good. The ribs are above average--yummy french fries & hush puppies. Though it is not a fancy place--you order at the counter and food is brought to you by very attentive wait staff. You get your own drinks & refills. The menu is not very extensive--pretty much a good BBQ place to eat. So if your not looking for a fancy dinner this place it very good.

Visited November 2012
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1 Thank kaw24577
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Clarksville, Virginia
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“EXCELLENT!! LOVE THIS PLACE!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2012

Best BBQ, hushpuppies and slaw! And if you like real brewed iced tea, do yourself a favor and try theirs! Just like my momma used to make. I can almost taste it now. Daily specials are inexpensive and we had plenty of food. Service was fast and very courteous. Owners are super great, hard working people. A lot of atmosphere inside. And don't forget to try the Mac and Cheese!! Five stars all the way!!

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank sue h
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Richmond, Virginia
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Loooong wait--food okay”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2012

Our family tried Smokin Jakes twice and both times after placing our order at the counter, the wait was so long (around 30 minutes) and it was not that crowded! Food was good, a little on the pricey side ($8.97 for BBQ plate, 2 small sides and a few hush puppies), nice log cabin decor--just a very long wait.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank GODBLESSTHEUSA54
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378 reviews
316 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
“Mixed bag”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2012 via mobile

Must admit I have high BBQ standards. The pulled pork was pretty good with a good smoked flavor and the vinegar based sauce was good. The ribs lacked a lot as there was very little if any smoked flavor. Ribs appears to have been boiled and then seasoning added. They were tender but disappointing otherwise. Not many restarauants are willing to take the time needed to produce good smoked ribs.
Sides of collards and baked beans were good.

    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank WCUcody
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