I had wanted to try a couple of additional Virginia places recommended by Joe Haynes, but neither was open. I decided to drive over to Richmond and revisit SMoHK, another all-wood place.
On my first visit — you can see a full report of that visit here — I had caught them preparing to cater an event, and SMoHK wasn’t really open for business. I did manage to get a taste of their pork and brisket, and enjoyed it. I wanted, though, to test it under normal business conditions, and I also wanted to try their Brunswick Stew, reportedly the best in Virginia.
I arrived at SMoHK, which is tucked away behind a beer garden in Richmond’s most obscure restaurant location. (Can you see their sign?)
I ordered the Brunswick Stew and a pork sandwich. Alas, the stew was still cooking, and would be for hours. I went ahead and had a pork sandwich, which came with some chips.
The pork was very good, not a bit dry and with the flavor of pork and smoke well balanced, and the vinegar pepper sauce was as good as you can get north of the Carolina line. The bun also was very good. I wonder what kind it was. All in all it was an excellent pork sandwich.
I was disappointed not to be able to try the Brunswick Stew, but I trust I’ll get another chance. Richmond is only 100 miles away, and I head in that direction from time to time. And I assuaged the loss by strolling around the corner to ZZQ Texas Craft Barbecue to try one of their sausages, which was about the only thing I didn’t try on my earlier visit there. It did the trick.
Do give SMoHK a try. The pork is very good. Just be sure to call before you go and make sure they’ll have some Brunswick Stew.
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