Smoke-E's Bar and Grill

. July 31, 2014.
Good-food

Smoke-E’s
Bar and Grill

125 E. Main St.
Leipsic, Ohio 45856
419-943-1236

Hours: Monday-Thursday 10am to 10pm, Wednesday is “Wing Wednesday” for discounted wings
Friday 6:30am to 1am – Breakfast offered
Saturday 10am to 1am
Sunday 10:30am to 8pm
Find them on Facebook and Foursquare
Carryout and catering available

Sampling the “authentic“ charcoal cookin’ at Smoke-E’s Bar and Grill in Leipsic, my husband and I were both impressed by its distinct flavor, which was worth the trip from Findlay.

 “This is really nicely cooked,” my husband said, tasting the Kickin’ BBQ chicken wings. “You can tell they’re not deep fried, but smoked. It’s really different than a place like BW3’s where they’re fried.”

 Meats are slowly smoked over charcoal for hours– in some cases even overnight– to capture a distinct, smoked flavor. The restaurant, which proudly displays a shelf of large trophies for its highly-acclaimed wings, opened in December of 2013. Melissa Herrera, a waitress, bartender and backup manager at Smoke-E’s, said the goal of the restaurant is to provide good food with good service, and with that, bring people back time and time again.

Back to delicious basics

 The restaurant’s menu is vast, offering an assortment of sides and appetizers such as steak bites, loaded nachos, pulled pork sliders and fried mushrooms. You can choose zesty, BBQ, Kickin’ BBQ or sweet chili BBQ for their jumbo chicken wings sauces.

 A variety of wraps and burritos, fresh salads and several sandwiches and burgers also add to  the menu. And 10-ounce entrees, such as smothered chicken breast, a BBQ plate, and pork loin are served with two sides. Their fries and chips are cut fresh, in-house, every day.   

THE SHORT COURSE

Kid-friendly Yes

To avoid wait Weekends from 7pm on are usually busiest. Consider coming at off-peak times.

Noise level Quiet to
moderate

Bathroom amenities Nice, changing table available

High Chairs Yes

Got Milk No, but lemonade, sweetened or unsweetened iced tea

Kid’s menu? Yes
Food allergy concerns? Let your server know upon arrival. Accommodations can be made.

The kids menu includes four choices, served with fries and a drink. After sampling some things outside of their comfort zones in recent months, our kids were happy to return to their “home” – chicken strips and fries. Both agreed they were excellent, with our 5-year-old daughter wanting desperately to share this remarkable taste with her dad and me.

 “Try some of mine,” she said with urgency. “This is REALLY good chicken.”

 We ordered mozzarella sticks and onion rings for appetizers, which were quite tasty. I particularly enjoyed the seasoned taste of the mozzarella sticks’ breading.

 For my main dish, I tried the BBQ grilled burrito, with pulled pork, lettuce, tomato, cheese, black beans, sour cream, pico de gallo and an onion ring. The combination of ingredients was a treat, and the distinct, smoked flavor of the pulled pork pulled it all together.

Homemade chips and fries 

 Chips came with my meal, and given their quality taste and texture, I immediately knew they were homemade. The fresh-cut fries were also very good – they look like the kind of fries that I often shy away from at restaurants but these weren’t greasy at all. They were perfect.

 Overall, we enjoyed our visit to Smoke-E’s. The conspicuous new restaurant has the look of a sports bar, with banners, news articles and photographs of local teams adorning the walls. There is an impressive, fully-stocked bar in the center of the restaurant, and plenty of space, with three large eating areas, ample bar seating and an available banquet hall.

But most memorable is that unique, smoky tang.

 “It takes a long time, but the flavor is rewarding  when you take the time to smoke it,” said Brad Goecke, kitchen manager at Smoke-E’s. “We try to make the best possible food for our customers and we hope they’re happy with the variety of different food we have to offer.”