I should just be happy that this place isn’t in East Liberty, because if it was, I would be poor, poor, poor! Homemade tortillas, veggie options, Mexican Coke in the bottle, eclectic decorations, and friendly service? My kinda place. A friend and I went to Smoke today for lunch and couldn’t have been more pleased- me with my veggie options and him with his meat options.
The place is very small and quaint, and if you want to eat-in at prime meal times, you will probably have a wait. We were just a bit after the lunch rush, so we were able to get a table at the small bar. There are only about 12 seats in the whole place. The decor is cute and rustic- quite homey. The staff was friendly and accommodating. But the best part, by far, was the food! I had two tacos for lunch:
Veggie: black beans, roasted poblano & corn relish, crispy potatoes, and chili de arbol sauce
Migas: eggs, thin & crispy corn tortilla strips, onions, hot peppers, beans, and cheese
They were both delicious! Fresh ingredients on a homemade tortilla with the perfect amount of spices. If I had to pick one over the other, I would go for the veggie. The fresh corn and tiny diced peppers and crispy potatoes were perfection. I would go back for this taco in a heartbeat. It was so stuffed full of goodness, that I had to ask for a fork to get at the fillings that had fallen out- yes it was that good! Here is the after picture:
The sign hanging in the restaurant had it right.
I really don’t have a bad thing to say about this place. My friend who came with me, a Mexican dude, said that his three tacos were all amazing. He had the brisket, pork and chorizo. His fav was the pork, with the brisket a close second. He said the chorizo was done just right and reminded him of home. So, Smoke gets 4 big thumbs up from the two of us. Well done and we will see you again soon!
Overall grade for Smoke BBQ Taqueria: A