Shotgun Approach at Smokin’ Betty’s

Trey Popp visits Smokin’ Betty’s and finds the menu is trying too hard to be all things to all people.

What drew me in to begin with was its tur-duck-en burger, but this was the first of several disappointments. Ground turkey and chicken overwhelmed the core of duck rillette with a blandness that an oversweet cranberry relish only called more attention to. Perhaps it’s foolish to hope for much from a derivative of a dish that’s a gimmick to begin with, but then again, rooting out fruitless ideas is part of what a restaurant ought to do.

Not So Smokin’ [City Paper]
Smokin’ Betty’s [Official Site]

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  • CEF

    Agreed. This place is a trainwreck. I had the exact same dishes as Trey, and I couldn’t even find happiness in the sliders. The turducken was the reason I went, and it was so dry, even the cranberry sauce couldn’t hold it all together.

    Lot of potentially awesome concepts on the menu…but really now. If you’re gonna be called Smokin’ Betty’s, at least get the BBQ right. Isn’t this the place that’s owned by the Devil’s Alley folks? There’s some really great stuff over there, maybe they need some chef consultation from the Chestnut St. spot.

  • M.A.C.

    Let’s just stop for a second and realize that we all don’t earn a living going out to privately run businesses and finding bad things to say about them…

    My family and I stopped in on a late afternoon to try some of the different items on the menu because (like an overwhelming majority of people that actually go out to restaurants to enjoy their time, not bash them) we look for affordable spots where we all can find something we like.

    The service was friendly and attentive; the food was fast, fresh and far superior to most of the other items around town that you can buy for the same price points.

    My advice: Unlike the “followers” (I mean “Foodies”) that only echo the rhetoric of those that are more worried about wording on a blog then overall value…. Try it for yourself. Your whole family will enjoy it, even the kid’s menu!

  • Herb

    I’ve had better food at lower price points. Bad food is bad food.

  • josh

    Trey Poop needs to get another line of work. We’ve been to Smokin Bettys several times. Went there for lunch, happy hour & as irpart of a group of 25 for dinner. Service was friendly and timely, food was delicious. Sounds like Mr. Poop has another agenda.