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Try Smokey Bones Restaurant
On one of our regular shopping trips to Florida Mall, driving along Sand Lake Road, we found ‘Smokey Bones’, a log cabin style restaurant. Driving along on our way back to our villa, our daughters wanted to stop and try it. The architecture and theme had done its work and grabbed our attention - but we have all become firm favourites of Smokey Bones offering BBQ and tasty grill food – ideal for a family meal.
As a log cabin suggests, this restaurant is themed as a very large log cabin. Outside the cabin music plays quietly and you enter through wooden doors into a waiting area with a warm, log burning fire. A greeter welcomes and gives you the choice of a drink at the bar or going straight to your table if available.
Around the bar area there are seats and above them are TV screens all showing a TV type of programme. From the evening news to a light entertainment programme, from cartoons to a baseball game. These TVs are also around the main table areas of the restaurant. They aren’t intrusive as you can choose to watch what you want. Each eating table has a control unit with numbers which correspond with the TVs. You can choose the number relevant with the TV screen you wish to choose – and the volume you want to listen to! Indeed if you don’t want to listen to any TV you don’t have to but watching TV – or choosing between the channels is one of the things our kids love about Smokey Bones – and it is different from anything they have in their home town!!
However, we wouldn’t return to eat if it wasn’t for the great food and service we’ve always been given.
Appetisers include cornbread, dips or chicken wings… nachos or a combination of many different options. The entrees or main course have something to suit everyone. Fish, such as salmon, chicken dishes or chicken with delicious shrimp. There are sandwiches including mahi-mahi, scrumptious for fish lovers, grilled chicken in flatbread… traditional burgers with different toppings. If you want a lighter dish there are many salads to choose from with cheese, chicken, egg tomato and bacon and a vegetarian salad with Oregon pear and spinach. (Is your mouth watering yet – mine is as I think back to the food we’ve had here!!)
Smokey Bones wouldn’t be ‘smokin’ if there was’nt pulled pork on offer. So soft and tender! There’s also beef brisket and smoked turkey breast, ribs and steak. Sirloin steak, New York strip, ‘flat iron’ steak and combinations with shrimp or ribs. Accompanying your meal you can choose potatoes – mashed, French fried or baked, coleslaw, BBQ baked beans, broccoli and many more…
There is a varied kids menu which included the tasty pulled pork, macaroni cheese as well as the traditional burgers and chicken. All come with a side included and a choice of milk, chocolate milk or soft drink.
To finish off there are many tasty deserts including fresh donuts to eat alone or to share. Along with a very tasty meal are drinks – beer, wine, cocktails as well as a variety of soft drinks.
As well as our original Smokey Bones on Sand Lake there is now one near Old Town, Kissimmee on the corner of the 192 and Vineland Road. So if you’re looking for a reasonably priced family meal it’s worth a visit….. or three!
Author: Denise and Nigel Taylor (Villa link: click here)
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