Just a short drive from Tampa between Tarpon Springs and Clearwater, Palm Harbor is the Dunedin Smokehouse.
Located right in the downtown core at 471 Main Street, the popular Smokehouse complete with outdoor pet-friendly patio overlooks the peaceful pedestrian friendly community. Inside, the menu offers many unique twists on classic BBQ staples.
Five years ago, after coming upon the Dunedin Smokehouse while attending one of Dunedin’s Arts and Crafts festivals, couple Tracy and Marti Moulson fell in love with the atmosphere and food and just three and half short months later they were the new owners. Aside from the great food, the couple is passionate about their community, staff, and service.
About the Dunedin Smokehouse
The Dunedin Smokehouse is open:
- Sunday through Thursday 11 am to 10 pm
- Friday and Saturdays 11 am to midnight
Featuring live local bands, 11 TV screens for sporting events, regular trivia nights and daily happy hour and burger specials such as Two for Tuesdays – $2 Tallboys, wings and sliders.
The Smokehouse offers a wide selection of bottled beer in domestic, craft and imported specialties. Along with an extensive rotating craft beer list featuring many of Florida’s best breweries.
On tap currently:
- Blue Point Brewing Toast Lager from Patchogue, New York
- Lost Coast Downtown Brown Ale from Eureka, California
- Founders Breakfast Stout from Grand Rapids, Michigan
- Escape High Fen Robust Porter from Bradenton, Florida
- Barley Mow Huntsman Hoppy Red Ale from Largo, Florida
- 21st Amendment El Sully Lager from San Francisco, California
I suggest taking a look at the full list of draft beers to see if anything has changed recently.
The full bar also offers many original cocktails, wine and craft shooters such as:
- Pancakes and Syrup – Jamesons and Butter Schnapps chased with OJ
- Green Tea – Peach Schnapps, sweet & sour mix, Sprite, Jamesons
- Pickle Back – shot of Jamesons chased with a shot of pickle juice
The Smokehouse takes great care in crafting all of their unique dressings, side dishes and sauces in house from scratch using fresh local sourced ingredients. Winning best wings for five consecutive years from 2011-2015, other starters to share range from brisket chili nachos to pork rolls and fried Mac n Cheese.
Offering catering menu choices, and a call ahead To-Go option, the in-house menu features favorites such as:
- Mixed Sausage Plate
- Pork Shoulder
- Montreal Beef
- Smoked Chicken
- Sliced Brisket
With homestyle sides such as:
- Sauteed green beans
- Bacon Brussel Sprouts
- Buttermilk Battered Onion Rings
- Sweet Potato Corn Bread
Along with healthier options like:
- Santa Fe Chicken Salad
- Fried Green Tomato Salad
- Smokehouse Wedge Salad
Various saucy Po’Boy themed sandwiches and wraps for meat lovers and vegetarians alike. To finish your meal, they offer tempting desserts such as butter pecan pie, cheesecake and root-beer floats.
The Dunedin Smokehouse is wheelchair accessible and offers complimentary parking on Main Street. The Smokehouse values their customer business and community input, they even offer a mailing list on their website as well as a direct line to speak with their management team. The restaurant participates with local charities and has been dubbed as the “best BBQ in the Bay!”
Critics Closing Thoughts
As I sat here and put this article together all I could think about was the wings that Dunedin Smokehouse serves. They’re different than any other wing I’ve eaten, and I’ve eaten my fair share of wings.
It can be said that I like everything that Dunedin Smokehouse has to offer, but I completely love the wings. The meat is smoked and incredibly tender while the outside of each wing is flavored and finished on the grill.
I might need to head there for some as soon as I finish this article. In the meantime, follow me on Twitter @BarCritic or check back soon for my updated review. After trying the wings I need to try more of their entrees.
If you’ve been had a chance to visit the Dunedin Smokehouse we would all love to hear what you thought of your experience. Take a moment and leave a comment below with a few details.