Wine Dine and Play: 2017

SMOQEHOUSE


Smok’n and BBQ’n on AMI
Bradenton Beach, Florida USA
Cuisine Style: BBQ
Average Price: $
Overall Rating: 2/5
Dined in September 2017
By Sean Overpeck (CFE)
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Owner:
Andy Kubes

SMOQEHOUSE is a fast casual BBQ restaurant concept that has evolved over 20 years of time in the industry by masterminds Andy and Heidi Kubes in Faribault, MN. They featuring handcrafted sandwiches, salads, soups, and daily specials. Cooking is Andy’s passion and his journey started working as a dishwasher at a diner, followed by work at a local A&W Restaurant, an Applebee’s, then at a popular nightclub in Minneapolis where he learned about new craft cocktails. From this time working in supper-clubs, he was introduced to Sean Murphy who owns the fine dining restaurant Beach Bistro on Anna Maria Island, where he was offered work, and he and his wife moved down to Florida.

After six years they moved back to Minnesota, and over time learning how to smoke and cure meats. He entered a few BBQ competitions and from there opened their first restaurant without even having a menu of what to prepare.  Construction began thanks to funds from a gofundme page they set up, opening a day after Valentines Day to large crowds offering a style of BBQ that locals did not have in the area making them an instant success. They were approached after a few months to open a second location in Northfield, MN, and after a brutal construction process opened exactly 13 months after the first restaurant opening on March 15.

Dining Room
They decided to take a mini vacation when Heidi started looking online for rentals on Anna Maria Island, and saw an advertisement on the first page “Rare restaurant for rent on Anna Maria” so in April they flew down and signed another lease for the third Anna Maria Island, FL location which opened on July 31.

Menu:
    • Sandwiches
    • Sides
    • Salad and Soup of the Day
    • Kids
My wife and I were on a mini vacation to Anna Maria Island and were told by some of our friends that knew Andy to visit SMOQHOUSE while down there. We did a lot of restaurants hopping eating some great food and have cocktails. One thing to say about Anna Maria is that it is a little-kept secret for great restaurants, bars, and beaches.

The menu is written on a chalkboard near the ordering counter, with daily specials written on a rolled sheet of table paper attached to the wall next to the main board. The design is very unique and catchy with dark black walls and ceiling with designs of cows, chickens, and pigs. Along the wall is a bench with tables and regular chairs on the opposite side. The center of the restaurant has a long bistro style cocktail table for large parties. Once you order your food, you can dine in or take it to go.  


We decided on one item from the daily specials and the other from the main menu, then split both sandwiches eating them to go, heading back to St Petersburg. The special was a smoked buffalo chicken on brioche with a bleu cheese slaw. The flavor had a lite smoke and to our tasting a mild-style spice which may have been tempered from the mayonnaise in the coleslaw.
smoked buffalo chicken
The second item was the  brisket burger, slow cooked with some smoked cheddar, caramelized onion, and a house made ‘Smoq’n Sauce.’ 
 brisket burger
Other items on their menu include a traditional Cubano with pulled pork, ham, Swiss, mustard, and pickles, the islander with smoked chicken, ham, grilled pineapple, pepper jack cheese, and teriyaki mayo. A pork loin with mustard slaw, bacon, and bourbon jam; jerk chicken with jicama slaw, pineapple jam, and jerk sauce; then a pulled pork with a cabbage-apple slaw. For the vegetarian, they have a sandwich with smoked summer squash, red peppers, goat cheese, vegan garlic aioli, mustard sauce, and micro greens. Want to go vegan, then omit the goat cheese and your good to go. Side items include hand-cut fries, poutine, house-made plantain chips, and a soup of the day which was a spicy black bean on the day of our visit.

So was the place smok’n or a complete burnout? I would have to go with almost smok’n as we were not too impressed with the buffalo chicken special, but everything else to include the ambiance, and friendly management made it a good experience.

Dessert:
No dessert menu

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City of Anna Maria, Florida, USA

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Bradenton Beach, Florida, USA


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Final notes, review basics, observations and more pictures:

Most reviews are subjective, depending on the writer; but they should also be responsible, and respectfully written, upholding the truth, and accurately conveying the experience to the best of the writer's knowledge, even if it includes metaphors the restaurant may not like to read about. My ratings are by the stars I award (from 0 to 5). The rating is calculated on a point accumulation of six separate factors based on individual experience. They include wine and other beverage selections, plate presentation, customer service, restaurant or café ambiance, food quality, and wow factor. To see more details of this rating list, read this article:

Overall from this experience, and the score factors outlined in the ‘about page’ section, based on my individual experience and rating, I give SMOQHOUSE a 2 out of 5 stars, meaning that they were far above the average dining experience of most restaurants.
Scores are detailed in the factor chart below:

Formula Factor Conclusions and Overall Ratings
Max Points Possible:
Total Points Awarded:
Total Points deducted:
Ambiance
8.5
6.5
2
Food quality
9.5
5.5
4
Plate presentation
6.5
3.5
3
Customer service
1
1
0
Alcohol and other beverages
0
0
0
Total regular points awarded
25.5
16.5
9
Total percentage — less the Bonus

0.647058823529412

“Wow” factor BONUS
5
2
0
Total bonus percentage

0.0392156862745098

Total percentage and bonus for a final star rating

0.706274509803922

Stars Awarded (see chart below)
             0 - 5
1

**A full break down and explanation of the observations and point disbursement is available in the linked article above. To receive a detailed copy of your score, feel free to contact me at any time and I will provide it to you.**


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Overall Star Rating:
2 of 5 Stars: 
71% Rating with a 2 point “wow” bonus
Far Above the Average Dining Experience
Restaurant style:
Casual dining
Cuisine Style:
American, Barbecue
Allergen or dietary accommodations: 
Vegetarian Options
Reservations:
Not Required
Walk-Ins:
Accepted
Dress code:
Casual attire
It’s Florida, everybody wears flip-flops!
Child policy:


The Restaurants reviewed on this site may have a kids menu or cater to them; however, for full enjoyment of food and wine, it is recommended that kids not to be in attendance, unless they have been trained in proper etiquette. 
If not then:
Hire a Babysitter! 
Experiences:
Contemporary, Modern, Rustic, Tourist grabber, and a Neighborhood Gem.
Payments:
Cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express
Parking:
A Public lot or Street meter parking
Wifi
The restaurants reviewed on this site may have Wi-Fi, but do not require you to go online, because the excitement of the food and wine alone will keep you too entertained instead of checking your social media and emails.
Noise level:
Low
Smoking:
Nonsmoking restaurant
Patio or terrace:
No





Food Prices 
(excludes, alcohol, taxes & 20% gratuity’s)

$£€¥ -                Under 50.00 (inexpensive)
$£€¥ x 2 -          51.00- 99.00 (moderate)
$£€¥ x 3 -          Over 100.00 (pricy)
$£€¥ x 4 -          Over 200.00 (expensive)
$£€¥ x 5 -          Over 400.00 (very expensive)


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Smoqehouse:

1701 Gulf Dr. North
Bradenton Beach, Florida 
34217



Contact Information: 
Restaurant website:
Maître d or host:
+1 941-242-5340
Serving hours:
Eastern Standard Time
(GMT, Zulu, or UTC - 5:00)
Mon-Sat
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Social Media 
Accolades:
Facebook link                






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