I'm a HUGE fan of The Smoke Shop-Kendall Square, the original location. In particular, they have the best wings (not just BBQ wings, wings of any sort) and BBQ ribs I've ever had!!!
Unfortunately, I was a bit conflicted by my first visit to the new TSS-Seaport location for a late weekday lunch. Some things were good, some not so...
WHAT IN CARNATION ($12): Rebel Yell bourbon, pineapple, lemon, grenadine, orange blossom
~The constantly changing cocktail list at SS is very good, and this was no exception. Surprisingly, more citrus than pineapple flavor. The TOUCH OF LOVE ($12) with Platinum vodka, Green Chartreuse, mint, lime, Peychauds was also good
THE BEST BAR WINGS: Agave & pit spices ($9 for 6)
~Incredible, as good as Kendall, just order them already! Although, like everything at SS, on the sweet side, so if you don't like sweet BBQ, you may not be a fan. They do have a hot version that is good, although I prefer the regular. Also, the plating was a bit odd, all scrunched off to the side of the mini-cookie sheet, not very Instagrammable lol
1ST PLACE RIBS (1/2 slab with one side for $23)
~Very good, although a tad on the dry side this time. These are always very lean ribs, which I greatly prefer, but YMMV. We had already filled up on a bunch of sides, so they very kindly substituted some of their totally addictive Butter Cake Crack (the crunchy, sweet edges of their Kenny's Butter Cake) for us instead
THE NOT SO GOOD...
SMOKE SHOP SHOWCASE ($35): Three whiskeys from one of our favorite whiskey houses. Limited availability
~OK, SS-Seaport has an incredible 207 different whiskeys, almost entirely American (I'm not sure if the original location even has this many), and several different flights to select from. My fellow Yelpie Sasha ordered the so-called Showcase flight. What came out were 3 different WhistlePig's bourbons, FarmStock, 10 year and 12 year "Old World", all fantastic. The only problem was that her menu had listed a Showcase flight of 3 entirely different whiskeys costing only $16. I'm sure it was a problem with the menus and not a bait & switch to the $35 selection she was given. I mentioned this to the bartender, but didn't make an issue of it and we were charged the full $35. Actually, this wasn't the only problem with the menus, which also had all the daily specials crossed out, when in fact they were still available
PRIME BRISKET SANDWICH ($13 with 1 side)
~I've had this at the Kendall location and it was very succulent. Here, it was decidedly dry, with no noticeable fat content. Even saturating it with their tasty Hot BBQ sauce didn't fix it. One of my friends also had a Brisket Plate with the same problem. Admittedly, BBQ meats are not easy to do well in an all-day restaurant, but they definitely need better QC and should have 86'ed this. The side of Brussel Sprouts with caramelized red onion was good
PULLED PORK PLATE ($19 with 2 sides)
~My friend ordered this and I didn't actually try it. Although I love pulled pork, I'm just not a fan of SS's, too dry, so I've given up ordering it. Sounds like this was the same and not to the taste of the North/South Carolina girl who ordered it. She also thought their collard greens were too sweet, but that is to be expected here (I love them)
I'm sure this is going to be a popular lunch spot for people who work in Seaport. The space is reminiscent of Kendall Square, but less interesting, being essentially a big square space. Approximately the same number of seats, although the bar is shorter. Half a dozen TVs, so probably a good place to watch a game.
I'll go again when in the neighborhood, but I think they more work to match the excellence of the Kendall Square location.