Smokey Barrels is an American themed restaurant based in Birmingham on the Coventry Road. The American Smoke house is all on trend at the moment. More and more restaurants of this kind are popping up here, there and everywhere and is taking over the restaurant lifestyle by storm . This is the kind of restaurant you need to head to if your enjoy the tastes of Texas southern smoked ribs, topped nachos and Brisket and slaw. Or even, a bit of spice!
I love dining out both with and without the kids (although we all know it is a hell of a lot easier without!) I was invited along to Smokey Barrels kid free (hurray!) however I knew already this restaurant would be both appealing to my whole family too.
Smokey Barrels is located in the South of Birmingham. Four months ago, the restaurant had a huge 400,000 refurbishment and now offers diners the real feel of Southern America. There is a large dining area with a selection of tables, booths and a large bar area.
Decor wise, the restaurant features rustic wood walls, exposed brickwork and provides a warm vibe throughout. But not only does this restaurant offer the feel of South America, it also offers the taste! Smokey Barrels is home to a real smoker which has been imported from the US. Therefore, I had high expectations in terms of receiving a full smoked flavour. They also have a clay tandoor oven on site for creating those spiced flavours!
My experience at Smokeys
Myself and Amy from Thismommaiswinginit arrived at 6pm and were shown to a booth. At this time, the restaurant was relevantly quiet being a Monday night, with a few people in the bar. This gave us a great chance to take our time soaking up the atmosphere and perusing the menu with ease.
Our waitress was attentive, efficient and gave us enough time to select what we wanted from the large menu on offer. We were truly spoilt for choice. With the likes of a ‘Smokey platter’ to share, topped mac and cheese and chicken wings with various toppings, we had a hard time choosing.
After much thought, we decided to go for Corn tortilla nachos served with avocado mayo, fresh salsa and sour cream, jalapeños, topped with melted cheese. We also went for the Burnt Ends, brisket coated in a cajun rub, straight from their smoker. Both our starters arrived in a good amount of time and were presented in great style. Our burnt ends were brought over on a wooden board with a bbq dipping sauce on the side. Our nachos were in a shallow bowl so easy to eat and share! Whilst we enjoyed our nachos (what isn’t there to love) the burnt ends were incredible. Crispy coating, melt in the month brisket and full of a smokey flavour. I could tell that the meat had been slow cooked due to its shredded consistency and the smoked flavour was not too over powering.
For our mains, I opted for the cajun chicken fajitas and Amy chose the Tennessee Low and Slow ribs with Bourbon sauce. Amy described them as tasty and full of flavour! We also chose a side of chilli fries to share. My chicken fajitas were served with sautéed onions, tomatoes, bell peppers and salsa, guacamole, sour cream and cheese. The flavour was delicious – almost sweet and smokey with a hint of honey followed by a gentle chilli kick. Portion size was true American – Wow! We did give it a good go but we both had to leave some. But fear not, if this is the case, Smokey Barrels offer you the change to take any left overs home! Which is exactly what we did with dessert – I just couldn’t turn down the tasty delights of chocolate brownie and chocolate peanut butter slab cake! Delicious!
For the kids
Whilst my kids were not present during the meal, I observed a really family friendly environment. There is a suitable children’s menu offering southern fried chicken strips, mac and cheese and hot dogs. The price is good too. For £6.95 they can choose a main, side, drink or dessert. There is a large around of highchairs, family friendly toilets with changing facilities too.
Overall, I really rate this restaurant and I had a wonderful experience. Fantastic atmosphere, pleasant staff and tasty wholesome food. If the Smoked American Dream is your style, then give Smokey Barrels a try! Looking for a similar review but not local to Birmingham? Read Newcastle Family Life’s review of Revolution De Cuba!
*This is a collaborative post. Thank you to Smokey Barrels and Delicious PR for the complimentary meal. As always, all words and opinions are my own*