Restaurant review: Hog Shack Cookhouse

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I have wanted to check out the Hogshack Cookhouse in Steveston for quite some time, but strange as it may seem, their location on the Steveston waterfront actually seemed to work against them.  Because, Steveston is a little out-of-the-way for me, and most of the time, when I go there, I’m thinking fish & chips.

But this time, I fought my natural inclination and wandered into the Hogshack instead.

Hogshack is located near the waterfront, in a building that’s east of the Stevenston “boardwalk”.

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The menu features the expected array of smoked pork, ribs, brisket, along with burgers, chicken wings, salads, coleslaw, beans, and even grilled fish and fish & chips.

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I went with the brisket sandwich

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This is a smoked slow cooked beef brisket, sliced thick and served on a soft bun, topped with barbeque sauce and a crisp pickle slice, along with a healthy load of coleslaw.  This sandwich platter comes with a side of fries or a green salad.  I opted for the salad.

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This is a fabulous brisket.  It’s fall apart tender, with a rich smokey flavor, a nice hit from the spice rub, and some sweet and tartness from the barbeque sauce.  And it’s a big portion, the bun can barely contain it all.

The coleslaw is crisp and creamy.

The salad (with red and green leaf lettuce, shredded carrots, sliced cucumbers, and cube tomatoes) was crisp and fresh,  and the garlicky cucumber dressing was creamy and tasty.

The room is airy and bright and clean, and feeling much like a back yard barbeque,  with the red checked table tops and plastic tumbler cups.

My server was friendly, helpful and accommodating.

Right now, Hogshack has taken the lead as my favorite barbeque place in the greater Vancouver area.  The Smokehouse Sandwich shop still has a special place for their unique spice rubs and flavored mops, but Hogshack comes out slightly farther ahead for their more complete menu, their more accessible hours, and better service.

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