In spring, our fancies might turn to thoughts of love. But in summertime, our fancies turn to thoughts of barbecue. Lucky for all of you ’que lovers, smoky flavors, dripping sweet and savory sauces and meat are de rigueur at the Smokehouse on Shelby.
If you’re not a Fountain Square regular, the name might not be too familiar. The Smokehouse took the place of the main room of the ’50s-style Fountain Square Diner last year — and has done better business as a result, said Matt Schwartz, Smokehouse chef.
Aiming for a blues, barbecue and beer atmosphere, the Smokehouse has walls as red as its sauce, but has maintained the original tiled floor.
The menu reflects the joint’s focus on its two smokers, which are tucked away in the kitchen. You’ll find pulled pork, brisket, smoked half chickens and — a rarity — smoked meatloaf, along with lots of barbecue-friendly sides, including coleslaw and macaroni and cheese.
Prices range from about $8 for a Fountain Burger to $18.95 for a sampler platter of dry-rubbed ribs, and Schwartz promises a revamped dinner menu coming soon.