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    thanks for the review!
    since you went back for a 2nd meal, it must have been good!
    glad the positives, outweighed the negatives.

    Quote Originally Posted by NorthExposure View Post
    Ate there twice this week. Here's my perspective as someone who lived 5 years in the Southeastern U.S. eating some great barbecue and as someone who has a Weber Smokey Mountain in my backyard which I use to smoke ribs, pork shoulder and brisket:

    Positives:
    - Location if you are in the low rises. We stay at Costa Linda so it's a short walk. The outdoor mall next to the Casino is a nice, quiet spot with some live music too.
    - Ribs: These had a nice flavor and were cooked well. Also true baby backs, which are naturally tender.
    - Real smoking: They do actually smoke their meats, unlike a lot of places on the island.
    - Service: Very friendly and attentive.

    Needs improvement:
    - Pull pork was quite dry both times to the point that I have to think they are either using the wrong cut of pork (anything leaner than a shoulder will dry out) or they are cooking it too long or over to high a heat.
    - Neither the pork nor brisket has much porky or beefy taste. The brisket was more tender than the pork but lacked taste.
    - While there was a bark on the pork there was little smoke ring. My guess is they cook too quickly at too high a heat.

    Other notes:
    - portions are huge -- their taco could feed three. Personally, I think that's a bit much and difficult to eat. Their tacos and lettuce wraps are an attempt at fusion and they'd do better to serve real, small tacos with a nice balance of flavors. You could serve four, have much tastier, balanced bites and use less than half the meat.

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    We might check it out one night this week. We are thinking of doing a dinner near Bucuti one night at one of the restaurants that we have not been. Hollywood Smokehouse, Ellioti's, or Ike's Bistro are the choices I think. I don't want to do something as heavy as the French Steakhouse.

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    Sangria at Hollywood Smokehouse

    Hollywood Smokehouse - new location-10496914_755905274473383_6814326009014905132_o.jpg$5 Sangria today (Saturday Aug 2)

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    can't wait....november is coming soon and it will be nice to just be able to walk over from Divi to get something without having to drive every night...(even though we have restaurants on premises)
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    Thumbs up if you have room for dessert

    Hollywood Smokehouse - new location-10574367_758735094190401_742224552080076374_n.jpg
    (from their Facebook Page) Hollywood Smokehouse desserts are homemade--debuting last night our key lime pound cake with a butter and lime infused glaze, topped with vanilla gelato and fresh blackberry bourbon sauce

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    How does this place compare with Smokey Joes?

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    Ribs...I like Barney's the best!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ace2063 View Post
    How does this place compare with Smokey Joes?
    In my opinion Smokey Joes is much better. We went to Hollywood Smokehouse in August, I got the ribs and my husband got the pulled pork...both were so incredibly dry. It was empty when we went there which was around 6:00ish. I'm thinking they just had a bad night but at the same time we won't go back. We went to Smokey's twice and both times were amazing!! Again, just my opinion.

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