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Zeke's Smokehouse (brief review)

DonnyMac | Nov 13, 200209:56 AM

Tried Zeke's Smokehouse last night with my wife and son. They were bustling.

First, they did just open, so I am going to hold off critiquing the service, because they are all clearly still learning their roles, etc.

Second, I'll admit to not being a BBQ afficianado. We got the half chicken (all white) platter and a couple of the hot links, with mashed, slaw, sweet potatoe fries and grilled vegetables.

The chicken was delicious, tender and moist, very subtly smoked. The links were very tasty too, both the beef and the pork. The sauces, while good, were a little thin and timid for my taste. I enjoyed the mustard based sauce, which was the thickest and most unique of the bunch. The other two were repectively sweet/smoky or tart/spicy, but were both pretty thin in texture. The spicy one could use more kick.

Of the sides, the only stand out was the sweet potatoe fries. Delicious! On future trips, I look forward to trying the baked beans and the applesauce. I thought that the mashed potatoes were nothing special (I like the ones at nearby Dish better). Ditto the slaw.

The menu had three different flavors of ribs: baby back, kansas city spareribs and texas longhorn ribs. In the future I look forward to sampling each, and trying the pulled pork and brisket. Many people seemed to be ordering the chili too and enjoying it.

The chicken platter, by the way, is plenty for 2 people (add an ala carte side dish if you're very hungry).

Also, they were offering some kind of "We'll smoke your turkey for Thansgiving" option, which based upon the tasty chicken, would be pretty good.

All in all, Zeke's is a welcome, nicely appointed addittion to North Glendale/Montrose. I wonder if an all BBQ place can make it, but I hope so. My wish list for Zeke's includes: a spicier hot sauce and thicker sweet/smoky sauce, offering all their wines by the glass rather than just the plonk (by the bottle, they had good BBQ matches, like Zin and Syrah, but by the glass it was crap, so I went with beer, of which they have a nice selection), and expanding the list of vegetable side dishes (e.g. corn, greens, side salads) in a concession to being located in California.

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