An authentic American smokehouse in Nowra, you say? I was as surprised as you are to be honest. Yet there it was, two blocks back from the Princes Highway, a road we usually use to drive right through this unremarkable town.
Located at the foot of one of those architecturally bland Quest Apartment Hotels, the reasonably uninspiring shopfront opens up to a mostly undecorated, air-conditioned room surrounded by windows on two sides. While none of this seems to bode well for exciting food, what comes out of their kitchen is surprising!
Arriving for a late lunch, we’re unable to order their smoked meats by the kilo (a treat reserved for dinner time guests) so we decide to make do with a shared Snack Box ($15). This menu special seems loosely based upon the halal snack packs which have gained popularity since Pauline Hanson refused Senator Sam Dastyari’s generous invitation to enjoy one together. It piles your choice of their smoked meats – we picked brisket and pulled pork – onto a generous bowl of fries topped with melted American cheese, and drizzles the lot with your choice of sauce.
In our case this was chipotle mayo. with a side pot of excellent sriracha. We washed it all down with a pair of Southside Rum Punch ($10) cocktails and resolved to get better acquainted with their smoker next time we’re in town. You'll also find them cooking a range of American desserts, including banana cream pie and pecan pie, along with smoked corn fritters on their breakfast menu - all making plenty of reasons to notch up a return visit in the near future.
130 Kinghorne Street, Nowra
Ph: (02) 4407 8402