We were in Long Island City to check out Jodi’s new studio when we stumbled upon John Brown Smokehouse, a restaurant serving Kansas City style barbecue. In fact when you arrive in the vicinity of this place, you start smelling the smoker that is probably functioning all the time, a smell getting even stronger as you enter in the restaurant. I admit that I was expecting a much smaller place, not realizing that they also have a terrace in the back.
We chose a table and then ordered some food at the counter. There was so much on their menu that we were not sure what to order. As I was with my nephew Valentin, who has a big appetite, we decided to try a few kinds of meat. Here is what we had:
We decided to try their meat platters that come with two choices of meat and one side. We picked:
On top of that, we ordered some burnt ends:
As sides, we chose the mac and cheese that were quite good, although a bit too peppery, the corn bread that was delicious and the fries that were also pretty good.
I should also mention the homemade lemonade and root beer as beverage.
The meat was fantastic, my favorites being the burnt ends and the pork belly that were melting in my mouth. Next was the pastrami that I am sure is great in their Reuben sandwich. They definitely know how to make barbecue and I would for sure go back there for more. Maybe the Reuben or some more meat...I should mention that they only had one dessert (a chocolate chip bread pudding that I am sure was good), dessert that they change apparently from time to time. John Brown Smokehouse is a little gem that I am glad I discovered.
Enjoy (I did)!
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John Brown Smokehouse- 10-43 44th Drive, Queens, NY11101