I was in the mood for some slow cooked barbeque. My first thought was Memphis Blues, but having been there many times, it was time for something new. Second choice was Hogshack in Steveston, but it was close on this particular day, so I decided to check out the Smokehouse Sandwich Co. It’s located in a nondescript corner strip map on Westminster Highway and Tiffany Blvd in Richmond.
It occupies a space that was previously a pub, and it still looks and feels like it.
The menu is compact, and features a variety of made-to-order sandwiches featuring smoked/slow cooked meats like brisket, pulled pork, smoked salmon, etc.
I ordered the Samson Sandwich
with a side of crisps
The Samson is smoked brisket, mopped with a coffee and strawberry glaze, sliced thin, and layered on a lightly toasted bun, with lettuce, crisp red peppers, mayo. This is a really good sandwich. The brisket is melt-in-your-mouth tender, and the coffee and strawberry glaze comes through. The toasted bun and the crisp veggies add some needed crispness.
The chips are sliced very thin and fried in olive oil to a light crisp, but they weren’t salted (or if they were, extremely lightly). Fortunately they provide an array of different flavored salts at a condiment station.
This appears to be a family operation, and the proprietors are quite genial and happy. They made every effort to accommodate.
As mentioned previously, the space still bears the mark of the preceding tenant (that being a bar or pub) and it looks like it. It’s only missing a pool table and a dart board. That said, it’s clean, functional, but a little dark (a splash of colour would probably help).
I’d be happy to come back for another sandwich (it’s a pretty reasonable price), or if they expanded the menu to offer more substantive meals (eg. a dinner service). Which raises a question…. the restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch, but closes in the late afternoon, before dinner. Given the current menu, it seems odd to be open for breakfast, but not for dinner.