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Downtown barbecue

Posted June 19, 2013 in Community Featured, Downtown
Beef brisket with macaroni and cheese and cucumber and onion  slaw at Smokey D’s BBQ on Locust St.

Beef brisket with macaroni and cheese and cucumber and onion slaw at Smokey D’s BBQ on Locust St.

There is a huge misconception in society about what constitutes a lady’s lunch.

What does that phrase bring to your mind? Chicken salad — probably with grapes in it. Lots of lettuce. I was served such a lunch at an Iowa Press Women’s convention years ago.

“You wait,” the woman next to me said. “There will be a scoop of rainbow sherbet for dessert.” And she was right.

Well I’m here to tell you that we women get hungry for some serious grub. Tearooms are fine as far as they go, but we gals want substantial food as much as the guys do. So when one of my female co-workers and I decided to have a girl’s lunch out, we headed east on Locust Street for Smokey D’s BBQ.

The restaurant has a bright, airy spot in the Nationwide building. You can get soups, salad, sandwiches, barbecue platters and traditional sides.

My companion, perhaps with a nod to the more ladylike side of the menu, ordered a grilled portabella and boursin cheese wrap ($5.99). I went for a one-meat platter with two sides and a slice of garlic bread ($8.49).

My companion’s wrap was beautiful to look at and pleasing to the palate.

“This is really fresh,” she said. “This will bring me back again, it’s so good.”

My lunch was right on the money. The macaroni and cheese was creamy, and the cucumber and onion slaw had a slight touch of sweetness. The tasty brisket was served in a lunch-sized portion that didn’t leave me stuffed.

For dessert, we had a Dode bar, which was a round version of the treat usually known as a Scotcharoo ($1.25). We split it — we are ladies, you know.

Smokey D’s BBQ
1210 Locust St.
Hours: Mon. – Tues.:
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Thur. – Fri.: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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