Filed under: American, Barbecue, Northwest Portland | Tags: Barbecue, brisket, meat, northwest, paleo, Portland, spare ribs
Smokehouse 21 was recommended by Greg H.! Thanks Greg!
It’s so funny as soon as he mentioned Smokehouse 21, two other people mentioned it to us within a week! It’s funny how that happens. Ah the power of ‘word-of-mouth’.
Smokehouse 21 is exactly what it sounds like, a barbeque joint. It’s tiny, only has about 8 tables and is located in the Northwest Alphabet District. I’ll admit we were a bit skeptical at first. A restaurant in the NW? It’s probably expensive and doesn’t have a lot of meat.
What we ordered: Beef Brisket Plate with two sides, Spare Ribs Plate with two sides.
How we ordered it: Everything on the menu is gluten-free except for cornbread and mac-n-cheese of course. Beef Brisket Plate sides: braised greens and coleslaw. Spare Ribs Plate sides: fingerling potato salad and asparagus.
What we received:
Cost: Brisket Plate – $14, Spare Ribs Plate – (half rack) $18, ($29 for full rack)
Quality: On their menu they state where their meat comes from, which is always nice. (Very Portlandia) To name a few sources, some of their meat comes from Draper Valley, St. Helens Beef and Lava Lake Farms.
Quantity: Holy cow! We barely finished these two. We had leftovers even though we were starving!
I guess you could say the second photo is my rating too. But the Meat-O-Meter gave this place a 2-Ribs-Up kind of rating, very apropos.
This place is great! Smokehouse 21′s Beef Brisket is really solid. It’s flavorful, fatty and a really well made meat. It’s been moist and tasty every time we’ve come here.
Now I wouldn’t go so far as to say, “Move over, Podnah’s”. The Meat-O-Meter loves Podnah’s smoky sweet ribs. Also, you can’t really beat Podnah’s $20 full-rack-of-rib-Tuesdays.
Just to clarify, we’re not saying that Smokehouse 21’s ribs are bad, they’re just different and we prefer Podnah’s ribs. Smokehouse 21 tops off their meat with some sea salt, which adds a nice savory touch.
So if you want barbecue on a Friday or Saturday night, I would pick Podnah’s. Smokehouse 21 is so tiny, with only 8 tables, the wait for a table will definitely be at least an hour. I highly recommend going there for lunch or on a Mon-Thurs. dinner.
Our other new favorite dish, as we just went there for a second time, is their Chopped Salad ($9)- arugula, radicchio, bacon, smoked chicken, blue cheese, sherry vinaigrette. SOOOOO good!! One of the best salads we’ve ever had. If you want something meaty, but on the lighter side, this is the salad to go with.
Go check it out! Which do you prefer, Podnah’s or Smokehouse 21?
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