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Quick Shots: Woody Brown's and Smokey Bones, in Wilkes-Barre

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Quick Shots: Woody Brown's and Smokey Bones, in Wilkes-Barre

Mosca | May 16, 2004 10:31 PM

Woodys:

Small, "authentic", no credit cards, two-person operation. Texas blues on the box. Hard-working folks, very friendly, very knowledgeable about the craft of Q, and lots of care go into the operation. Low prices. Half rack of ribs (the small end), meaty and tender, not fatty. Obviously slow-cooked and not parboiled first. Pulled pork very good. Sweet sauce, even the hot isn't very hot. Phenomenal sides: first rate collard greens and macaroni salad, loved the sweet-potato pie! The baked beans were just OK, though.

Smokey's:

Big, chain, credit cards, corporate operation. Nice waitress. Lots of TVs. Lucinda Williams on the box. The place just opened a week ago, and runs pretty smoothly for a chain. Medium prices. St Louis ribs decent. Baby backs fatty. OK enough pulled pork. Good chicken. Sweet sauces, bottled habanero hot sauce (Howlin' Hot Sauce). Good corn bread with Pecan Butter (they'd have to be morons to screw up corn bread, though). OK slaw, good beans, average onion rings.

Same knock I gave it before; everything is TOO smoky, like being hit over the head with the smoke, with no subtlety. Still, not too bad for a chain restaurant. We had a $20 gift cert, and the total for three people before tip was $66, so net $46. The $66 would get the three of us in and out of Woody's twice, with change I think.

Woody's is still struggling for a toehold; I think they're barely breaking even. Here's hoping that Q awareness is elevated in the Wyoming Valley, and Woody's benefits from Smokey's presence. Maybe, if you're sitting outside Smokey's with a blinker in your hand, you'll give it to the next group coming in and head down to Northampton Street for some good blues and Q. Bring cash, though... and that's not so bad. Revello's in Old Forge is strictly cash, too, and they seem to do OK.

Tom

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