I have been a very long time fan of the hickory smoking that has gone on at Smokey Joe's in Edmonton for almost 20 years. I have eaten their brisket in at least 5 different locations as they moved around the city. They have been stable on Stony Plain road in the what was once Lux Diner for more than 5 years. Perhaps that is at the root of the decline, maybe all that moving kept them at the top their game. Lunch today was disappointing. The brisket was still without equal in E'ton but the rest of the meal -- not so much. The brown beans were extremely mushy and really only tasted of molasses. The St. Louis ribs were very salty and not as moist as one would expect of something slow roasted. The coleslaw, better than KFC but not by much.
Given how few tables were busy over the lunch hour, I am guessing that business has not been great lately.
Both things make me sad because Joe's was once one of the great, reliable places for families to eat real good food that was lovingly cooked on the premises.