Smokehouse Blues, Ypsilanti, MI

Admittedly, I sometimes forget that there’s a pretty tasty barbecue restaurant in my own neck of the woods here in Ypsilanti. Smokehouse Blues has been able to avoid the curse of previous restaurants that have occupied its current space on Washtenaw just east of Carpenter and US-23. I’ve found consistently good service and good barbecue dishes here. They also have beautiful and fun murals of blues musicians on the wall.

We stopped in for dinner on a whim on a recent Friday night. Although they’re typically busier on Friday and Saturday nights there’s usually not a wait for a table, which is nice. We were seated right away on this visit and greeted by a very personable waiter who took our order.

As long as I can remember, they’ve always served a basket of hot buttered rolls with meals at Smokehouse Blues. On this last visit the bread had changed to more of an herb pull-apart loaf, but it was still hot and fresh. I think I prefer the old version though which was more like a yeast roll.

I ordered the barbecue chicken for my main dish which came with a choice of two sides. Even with the rolls, I love my starches so I ordered the jalapeno corn bread and mac and cheese. The chicken was fall-off-the-bone tender with a nice smokey-sweet flavor. The cornbread wasn’t too special, a little on the dry side, but had a nice bit of heat to balance out the sweetness. I was surprised at how much I liked the mac and cheese. It didn’t look all that exciting when it arrived on the pale side. I also usually prefer shredded cheese as opposed to a liquid cheese sauce, but it turned out to be really flavorful and delicous. Looks can be deceiving!