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Local Eatery of the Week: Monroe’s Smokehouse

Courtney Stringfellow

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 Photo by Courtney Stringfellow.

Photo by Courtney Stringfellow.

A metal map of the states, a used washboard and other scraps of country pride hang loosely along wood paneled walls. Families gather over glossy wooden picnic tables. Monroe’s Smokehouse on Beach Boulevard serves the food of a typical southern feast at a restaurant price.

The appetizer sampler comes with crunchy fried okra, two smoked wings, sweet corn nuggets, surprisingly soft onion rings and fried yellow squash. If country cooked vegetables aren’t your thing, you can substitute items for no upcharge. This item is pricier than other appetizers because it’s a sampler, but it’s easy for sharing both the food and the cost.

The appetizer sampler features portions of traditional southern food including fried okra and corn nuggets. Photo by Courtney Stringfellow.

The appetizer sampler features portions of traditional southern food including fried okra and corn nuggets. Photo by Courtney Stringfellow.

Southern food can be filling, which is why Monroe’s Smokehouse allows customers to order a lunch portion size even in the evenings and has nothing against sharing. I went with some friends and ordered the smokehouse chicken platter and a two meat sampler of smoked pork and beef brisket.

Monroe’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Q lightly seasons its meat and sides, leaving entrees tasting as similar to grandma’s kitchen as a restaurant can get. Photo by Courtney Stringfellow.

Monroe’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Q lightly seasons its meat and sides, leaving entrees tasting as similar to grandma’s kitchen as a restaurant can get. Photo by Courtney Stringfellow.

This smokehouse sticks to the basic smoked taste for most of its entrees and even its housemade sauces. Most meats are smoked with subtle seasonings making them the perfect base for the eatery’s housemade ranch and barbeque sauces.

The smoke-house chicken platter features juicy chicken, Texas toast and customers’ choice of two sides. Photo by Courtney Stringfellow.

The smoke-house chicken platter features juicy chicken, Texas toast and customers’ choice of two sides. Photo by Courtney Stringfellow.

Every platter comes with the customer’s choice of two sides. I skipped the fries in lieu of more flavorful side items. The baked beans and coleslaw tasted the same as they would at a family reunion, and the gooey mac-n-cheese was clearly housemade.

Monroe’s Smokehouse isn’t your typical sticky tables and salad bar Bar-B-Q joint–it’s a visit to rural America.

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