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Smokey Joe's Creole Cafe

20 Lawrence Street
Battery Point TAS 7250
Tel : +61 3 6331 0530
License: Licensed & BYO (Wine Only)
Price Range: $$$$

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Forget Tex-Mex and other imitations, Smokey Joe's Creole Cafe is the real stuff, and one of the best cheap and cheerfuls in Launceston. Like nothing else you'll find in Tasmania, Smokey Joe's effortlessly captures the flavours of the south, serving everything from Cuban pulled pork, to chimichangas and beef brisket with a great selection of American-style sides and beers. This is definitely one place to bring your appetite to.

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This is one of the best cheap and cheerfuls in Tasmania. Well, it’s cheapish, the staff and Joe himself are very cheerful and it’s really very good. Like nothing else in the state, in fact. Joe grew up in the hill country of Missouri, USA, home to outlaw Jesse James, catfish, crawdads (yabbies), gumbo and French/Negro-influenced Creole food – what’s known over there as “Ozarks” or “Delta Creole”. Joe kitchen-grubbed in restaurants through high school, spent years with the US navy around the Caribbean, went to university on a GI Bill and taught English for a while before landing in Australia and opening Smokey Joe’s in late 2002.

You can almost track his gypsy life in his menu – Ozark BBQ beef, Choka (a traditional smoked tomato and flat bread Trinidad breakfast dish), Jamaican goat curry, muffelleta Creole sausage, Cajun chicken salad, a number of Yucutan dishes and, of course, smoked spare ribs, dry-rubbed with spices or hit with his own Ozark Mountain BBQ sauce. He makes everything from scratch, smokes tomatoes, ribs and chillies in a wood smoker at the back of his kitchen, grinds and fills his own muffelleta, grows and dries exocet Habanera chillies and flies powdered sassafrass leaves (filee) in from the Missouri mountains. As he says, you can’t make a real gumbo without filee – preferably picked under a new moon. And that’s probably why he is the preferred caterer for international music acts when they tour Tasmania.

Graeme Phillips
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Was looking forward to a nice dinner with my husband but had to leave early. We sent back a meal asking for the baked potato my husband ordered instead of the rice he received. This prompted loud use of the "f" word from the open kitchen and yelling at the waiting staff. At this point a family got up from their half eaten meal, paid and left disgusted, with their small children. We followed not long after when we could no longer sit in the uncomfortable atmosphere. The owner made no apologies only used the word "whatever" several times like a spoilt child. I told him he should treat his staff better and that no one needed to be witness to that behaviour. To this I think he replied that "things happen and I wouldn't understand". We will obviously will never be returning after the most disappointing dining experience I have ever had and would not recommend this place to  20/12/2012

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I had been looking forward to Smokey Joes restaurant for quite a while and finally got the chance to dine there this evening. The entree we had was quite nice although the service was well below what would be expected as standard. The main course took 1 1/2 hours to arrive and was extremely dissapointing when it did, considering the fact that creole ribs are meant to be one of the restaurants specialities. Overall my partner and I were extremely dissapointed with the evening and will not be dining there  21/04/2012

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David & Cheryl Alcock:

Autumn twilight at Smokey Joe's Launceston will have you photographing the welcoming and friendly setting before opening the front door. Inside genuine Creole greets you together with Joe himself, so forget the incredible menu and focus on the blackboard with Joe's suggestions. Pulled pork - God it was good - with homemade chilli sauce - just a few drops- and yes we took home a bottle. For anyone on the big island, it's worth the trip just to enjoy Smokey Joe's because there is NOTHING as sensational in Melbourne or  18/11/2011

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Scott and Naniene:

This establishment is superb. The food is great and the service is fantastic. We have been going to Smokeys since Jon opened in Launceston. We recommend Smokeys to all...  11/11/2011

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To call this a Creole restaurant is an embarrassment. I had high expectations of Smokey Joe's but he sure knew how to disappoint. We were seated in a very small room with no room to move, the waitress had no idea what was on the menu. And to add to that disappointment they forgot our order and 90 minutes later we were finally served with what could only be described as something I could buy from a frozen meal from Coles. Over priced and under flavoured should be their  15/10/2011

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