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Smokin' Mo's in Huntington Beach - BLECH!

Pate' | Jun 7, 200510:18 AM

Took my husband to the eye doctor yesterday and afterward went searching for dinner. Kappo Honda not open yet. Le Jardin closed on Mondays. East Coast hot dogs - closed. Husband didn't want cuban food at Habana. Ended up at Smokin' Mo's on Main St. What a waste of time and $$.

It's a cute enough place. Pictures of Authur Bryants and any number of famous/not so famous BBQ joints. Basic roadhouse meets suburbia decor. Nice fellow behind the counter, explained the menu and what their specialties are (pork ribs and chicken). Took our order, told us to take a table, and he'd bring us our food. Which he did quickly.

I ordered the 1/2 rack Rib Combo, husband ordered the pulled pork sandwich and garlic fries. We both had a Coors Light. $36 lighter we prepared our assault.

1/2 rack consisted of 9 sizable pork ribs 3 of each: Memphis Mo, Sweet Carolina, and Philthy's. Sides included cole slaw, potato salad, baked beans and a corn muffin. Husbands pulled pork sandwich was served on a french roll, I'm sure it was the soft kind you get at Costco. The sandwich was topped with the customary coleslaw so typical of southern BBQ. He had a side of baked beans.

So here's the lowdown. The ribs didn't taste smokey like you'd expect from a restaurant called Smokin Mo's. They were tender. They didn't have a smoke ring, they didn't have any char on them. They were gray like they'd been steamed. Then in order to give them any flavor at all they slathered on a quarter inch of sauce. Now I like BBQ sauce as much as the next person but this was overkill. The sauces were sickeningly sweet. Didn't really taste anything other than sweet. One did have mustard in it so you could taste that, the others just red and sweet. The corn muffin was cold. The cold slaw was crispy and cold but uninteresting. The potato salad was not offensive, but lacked any flavor. As my husband said after he had a bite "why bother?".

My husband's pulled pork sandwich had that Costco bun, plently of pulled pork, and that same dull cole slaw. He said "you could make this in a crock pot", and I could. It had no smoke flavor, just tender pork (which can't be too bad).

The best item we had were the baked beans. But I do make them pretty much like that at home anyway so why go out for them?

My husband summed it up pretty well when he characterized dinner as "Mall Food". If Arthur Bryant's still alive he should go to Smokin' Mo's and take his picture down. It doesn't deserve to be there.

Next time I want ribs I'll go to Tulsa Rib company.

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