It's game seven of the World Series. Texas Rangers at St. Louis Cardinals. Both have great barbecue but I decided to go with the closer option which is Smoke City Market in Sherman Oaks.
I arrived at Smoke City at the bottom of the 7th inning. The gentleman at the counter was wearing his Texas Rangers hat proudly but you could sense the frustration with the game. Texas trails St. Louis 5 to 2.
I glance at the menu. I say, "to go for two. " I ordered the moist brisket, the chipped beef, a small side of beans and a medium coleslaw.
I got home and was eager to open up the brown paper bag full of smoky smelling goodness.
The brisket was moist and tender. The chipped beef super smoky and jerky-like. Delicious. The beans were definitely home made and a bit bland and on the al dente side. The coleslaw was mediocre and lacked seasoning. It could've used a bit more sweetness and saltiness to pair up with the meats.
What I enjoyed the most was eating that delicious brisket with a piece of white bread in one hand an a fork in the other. I'd dip the bread into Smoke City's tangy and very flavorful barbecue sauce and I'd shove that brisket right into my mouth. What a great combo!
I look forward to going back but I'd skip the sides or try others before I give up on them completely.
With a large menu to conquer and a relatively close distance to my home, I'll be back to Smoke City.