There used to be a BBQ place on ninth & 24th in the late 70's - early 80's called Smokey's BBQ. You stood on line with a plastic tray to gather your not too bad pulled pork or ribs with a side of cole slaw and potato salad. My meal last night at Blue Smoke brought back memories of ninth ave.
I booked this meal weeks ago, before all the flames hit the message board and nearly cancelled, but decided, what the heck, how bad could it be.
Took my wife, 20 year old son and three of his friends and ate pig, like pigs, for $240 including drinks & tip. I wouldn't call any of it great, but the ribs were decent and a half was a very large portion for $13. The brisket was awful. I think they can't get meat with enough fat content and it just dries out in the smoker.
The apps and sides were fine, but I just don't get the enthusiasm for mac & cheese whoever makes it. Fry bread was delicious and oh sooo good for you. Service was slow at first, but when the bar emptied out around 9:30pm it picked up.
In any case, I thank all you chowhounds for tempering my expectations and making it a surprising enjoyable meal. Smokey's lives on.