Monday, April 11, 2011

Takeout from Thumbs Up Smokehouse

Posted By on Mon, Apr 11, 2011 at 9:30 AM

Thumbs Up Smokehouse opened last week and I stopped by late Saturday afternoon. The restaurant adjoins its owner, Thumbs Up Diner (573 Edgewood Ave.). There are no tables for eating in, just a very narrow, long bar with stools. I didn't find it comfortable and decided on takeout.

I ordered the brisket with a cup of Brunswick stew. The place was out of most of the sides due to "getting slammed," according to the man in charge.

My brisket was unlike any I recall ever eating. It was sliced super-thin, tasted just smoky enough and was kind of (deliciously) fatty. The sauce was light and tangy — a relief from the pints of ketchup-based stuff many barbecue joints in town dump over their meats. The new restaurant has a state-of-the-art smoker in the back, I was told.

The Brunswick stew was thick to the point that I would have liked a bit more broth in the bowl, but it should please all but the most fanatical barbecue fans, who, of course, never like anything. Or maybe they like one thing, but dislike everything else. You know what I mean.

The restaurant's phone number is not listed, so you might want to call neighboring Thumbs Up, 404-223-0690, for info. I believe it's closed Sundays and Mondays.

The Smokehouse overall has the usual barbecue joint's menu. There's plenty to try. But be warned: It's cash only.

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