Best Restaurant Where Smoke Is Encouraged
Smoke bbq taqueria
The city suffered several painful, taco-free months when Smoke bbq taqueria closed its original location in Homestead last year and worked on renovations for its new spot in Lawrenceville, which debuted this winter. Thankfully, the hard times are behind us, and Austin-expat owners Jeff Petruso and Nelda Carranco’s new location is even better than the old. At the front of restaurant, BYOB-toting customers dig into massive tacos filled with brisket, ribs and chorizo, while in the back, the chefs tend to an enormous indoor smoker crammed with fall-off-the-bone meats. Oh, and get the creamy queso with the fresh-fried chips. Trust us. —PD

4115 Butler St., Lawrenceville; 412/224-2070,; photo by Laura Petrilla

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