They say the third time’s a charm, and The Smoke Shop at Assembly Row delivers plenty of charm along with some seriously good barbecue to Chef Andy Husbands’ third venture as Boston’s favorite pit-master. Whether you’re looking for on-the-go eats that fall off the bone or somewhere cozy to hole up and chow down after a long day of shopping, The Smoke Shop is ready with tender hospitality for all your slow-cooked, smoky dining needs.
The Smoke Shop’s menu was perfected by Chef Husbands during years on the competitive barbecue circuit, and the results are truly award-winning. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, serving a variety of barbecue styles from fall-off-the-bone ribs to slow-smoked brisket in all manner of sauce, from sweet glaze to tangy vinegar. It’s all about comfort food here (duh), with classic snacks for starters and enough side dishes to make a meal of. Fans of the other locations will find a lot that’s familiar, including the plate and combo setup, but there are a few surprises on the menu just for the Assembly Row location. And if you’re in a hurry or just passing through, all menus are available for take-out.
The restaurant is decorated in very barbecue-appropriate style, mirroring the smoky aesthetic of its sister locations with walls covered in reclaimed wood from a Jim Beam distillery in Kentucky. Inspired by tobacco barns and rife with Americana, the room is rustic and rugged, with soaring ceilings covered in shiplap and big industrial lights illuminating the hardwood tables adorned with everything you need: forks, knives, a variety of homemade sauces, and plenty of napkins.
The big bar has everything you need to wash down a tray full of good Q, with a wide selection of very local beer on draught and seasonal cocktails that are more fun than fussy (think frozen booze and creative takes on drinks you used to order in college). But it’s whiskey that steals the show here—The Smoke Shop has New England’s largest selection with over 200 varieties of American and international whiskeys from Ireland to Japan.
Making great use of Assembly Row’s promenade vibe, The Smoke shop has two outdoor patios where guests can enjoy the atmosphere while they get their fingers saucy.
325 Assembly Row