Smoke House BBQ ~ Photo © Robert J. Sutherland 2017
After a perfect Labor Day watching the Gwinnett Braves win their final game of the season — and their final game as the G-Braves — I continued my all-American holiday with a sunset cruise on my motorcycle. I didn’t plan on stopping at Smoke House BBQ for dinner, but I’m glad I did. It was classy, original and delicious.
Smoke House BBQ & Catering is located kitty-corner from Blackshear Place Baptist Church at the intersection of Atlanta Highway and Mundy Mill Road — which is also known as Winder Highway and GA Route 53.
It’s in that weird triangle of towns, where some sections actually belong to Flowery Branch (which is miles away) but we call it Oakwood (which is also miles away), although it’s really in Gainesville. Or maybe not. I give up.
This delightful restaurant is down the road from the school that has changed names so many times that it’s probably in the Witness Protection Program.
As with most schools in South Hall (have you noticed they’re not called schools anymore?), the new title of the educational institution at the corner of Atlanta Highway and Poplar Springs Road is probably the Einstein Lyceum of Knowledge, Science, Arts & Crafts.
Before being reconstructed not long ago, Smoke House was housed in what looked like a screened-in shed.
Now, it looks clean, fancy, sharp and open for business.