Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill Cincinnati Offers Top-Notch Food and Service #Review

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If you know me and my family, you know that we adore the opportunity to dine and try new places in and around Cincinnati, OH. Recently, we ventured to a place on the northeast side of Cincinnati – Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill. Conveniently located right off of I-75, Smokey Bones is at the heart of an area that is family-friendly and offers a lot to do. The ambiance of the restaurant is warm, friendly and spacious beyond belief.

Our visit was a Monday night at the beginning of the dinner rush and they were booming with business. It peaked my curiosity at bit, as we had never tried Smokey Bones before, but could tell by the large patronage that was coming in and out of the door, that this place was a favorite of many. Upon arrival at our table, we were immediately greeted by our friendly waitress, Amberly. I explained how we were “first-timers” to Smokey Bones and that seemed to put a delightful twinkle in her eye. We sat eagerly as she gave us some of her menu favorites and why she not only loved working there, but a HUGE perk was enjoyed the delicious amount of food they offer. She was a native Floridian, like my mom who was in town dining with us, and really made us feel welcomed and at ease with her wonderful table-side manner and friendly demeanor.

The Smokey Bones menu has something for nearly everybody, even the most finicky eater. We spared no time in ordering a variety of starters to temp our hungry palates as we decided what would be our respective main courses for the evening. We took Amberly up on her personal favorites and tried the Fried Pickles and Pretzel Bones (served with queso dipping sauce). She did not steer us wrong! The appetizers were hot, fresh and tantalizingly delicious, down to the last pickle chip! There was nothing left by the time our dinner game. 
Now was our time to order dinner and we each choose something that was different and appealing, that way we could share and try a little bit of variety that they had to offer. 
I choose what I believe Smokey Bones was be famous for, their BBQ platters. I decided to opt for their “Create Your Own Combo” portion of the menu and pair up some ribs with some fresh Texas-style beef brisket. Oh boy, was I right in my selection!

Smokey Bones offers TWO TYPES OF RIBS – Baby Back and Smoked St. Louis style. I opted for Baby Back to have a sweeter. You can tell that the ribs are smoked slowly for over 4 hours, as they were tender and literally falling off the bone with each touch.

The brisket was just as sweet and tender as the ribs. It is slow-smoked for over 14 hours and served with Smokey Bones signature sauce. Paired with the perfect sides, corn and baked beans, my meal offered no leftovers as I ate every single morsel.
Hannah was looking for a great taste of barbecue as well, but went a different route and chose a Pulled Pork SammyServed “naked”, Hannah has the wonderful option of sauces on the table to choose from. One of the other waitresses happened to hear us talking about he sauces and stopped over to give us a great play-by-play of each sauce and what type of flavor they each offer. Hannah opted to stick with a sweeter taste and chose the Bones KC BBQ sauce for her sandwich. Now mom was having a bit of longing for seafood. That is another reason why I loved Smokey Bones. They offer more than just delicious barbecue. Seafood, wings, salads, chicken and more. She chose the Fish & Chips platter and replaced the natural cut fries with some sweet tasting waffle cut sweet potato fries. She too enjoyed her meal and not a bite was left after finishing her platter.

We all just sat there, completely sated, completely satisfied. We could not top off this great meal any more, even if we had room – or so we thought. That is when Amberly showed us the dessert menu.I literally had no more room for food, but Hannah and mom did and they opted to share a few sweet bits from the Hot Bag O’ Donuts that comes with sweet chocolate and raspberry dipping sauces. By the time we got them, I could’t resist – so I also sneaked in a quick bite to make my night at Smokey ones complete. The rest, we did take home and enjoy a bit later when we had some room in our belly’s again

If you aren’t out the door heading to Smokey Bones by the end of reading this review, YOU SHOULD BE. We left with nothing by joy in our tummies, smiles on our faces and immediate plans on when to return. Smokey Bones has some of the best food we ever tasted and the service makes it 100% worthwhile to keep going back again and again.

Be sure to stay connected with Smokey Bones so you can find a location near you and see what their delicious menu has to offer. If you are in or near the Cincinnati location, be sure to stop in and tell them Kristin from It’s Free At Last sent you!

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59 thoughts on “Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill Cincinnati Offers Top-Notch Food and Service #Review

  • I love going out to eat every once in a while!

  • Oh this sounds amazing! I will have to find a location somewhere… even to travel to. I love to try new restaurants. Glad you had a great time with delicious foods!

  • Everything looks delicious, I’m jealous!!

  • Looks so yummy!!

  • This looks like an awesome place to dine

  • Looks good. I have never been there.

  • I love going out to have a great meal. This food looks so good. I can’t wait to give it a try when I go to Cincinatti. Thank you so much for sharing God Bless

  • I love going out to have a great meal. This food looks so good. I can’t wait to give it a try when I go to Cincinatti. Thank you so much for sharing

  • Sounds so yummy!

  • Awesome story and recommendation for this great restaurant. Your post made me want to go to this restaurant. You have excellent writing skills in that you are very descriptive and make the reader feel your experience at the restaurant and it was a good experience making them want to visit as well. Thank you.

  • There are 2 of these where I live, never been though.

  • This food sounds so good. I visit Cincinatti occasionally but I have never eaten here. I will have to check this out. Thank you so much for sharing

  • They have some awesome bbq. The food is always amazing.

  • I’m sold, looks like a fun family place!

    • so many good food omg this is a great place to eat

  • Ive always wanted to try smokey bones ,tjis makes it a definite now

  • I will have to ck to see if there is one in my area, the sauces look delicious!!

    • I am not sure we have one near me but all looks Yummy

  • You are so lucky to have a place like this, food lip smackin’ good, and excellent service, and big portions. I may need to move to Cincinnati now!

  • Next time I’m barreling down I-75 I’m pullin’ over!

    • The ribs are to die for it

  • This look delish!! I live in Southeastern Ohio & definitely will have to talk the hubby in bringing us to Cincy to try this! Thanks for sharing!

  • I can’t wait to go the one here. Everything looks so delicious.

  • This looks so unbelievably tasty! I’m glad it’s almost lunch time because I am hungry now!

  • I wish we had one of these resturaunts in MI. The ribs look so yummy.

  • Look at those sides! Can’t have ribs without beans.

  • I would love to try their fried pickles and sauce.

  • The ribs look yummy..

  • Oh this food looks so tasty! I wish I had one of these near me!

  • This looks great, I looked up locations so I could mark in my travel book of place to eat when we are on the road. We actually have one in NC only 1 1/2 hours away. Thanks for sharing, can’t wait to try them.

  • Pinned to my list for when I’m passing through!

  • This looks really tasty. I like the idea that they have different sauces to choose from

  • Looks like a great restaurant. Too bad we do not have one in my local area.

  • You’ve sold me. Too bad there aren’t any near here.

  • Boy if one were located near me, I would make a point of going to try it out. Everything looks so well prepared.

  • Fried pickles are awesome! I love ribs too! I want this NOW!

  • Who doesn’t love fried pickles, I sure do.

    • everything looks so good!!!

  • It’s been too long since I’ve eaten at Smokey Bones. I love their ribs, and the doughnuts with strawberry dipping sauce is a must!

  • They only have one Smokey Bones in the whole state of SC and it is no where near us. That make me sad because that food sure looks good! 🙂

  • Looks so delicious! Wish they had one here!

  • I have eaten at Smokey Bones…. they are great. I want some more now.

  • I’ve never been there, but I’ve heard great things!

  • Oh how I wish I were there! I tell ya’; I was born in Texas, raised in New Orleans and educated in Virginia and somehow I came to fervently believe that no BBQ table is complete without Carolina Mop Sauce. This is a firmly held belief! That place looks great!

  • This looks like a yummy place!

  • The corn looks like a fried corn that i make for my family sometimes, it’s so good! I never had sweet potato waffle fries, those look good too. I’m hoping we get a Smokey Bones around the Memphis area soon.

  • I am very hungry now!

  • Sounds good. Do they deliver? To Virginia?

  • My older sister was a manager at Smokey Bones in Georgia for years until she transferred over to Cracker Barrel but she still brags on their food. Unfortunately we don’t have one here in Memphis because i would totally go right now.

  • I love their ribs but sadly the one near me closed last year 🙁

  • We haven’t been to a Smokey Bones in a while. We used to go, but there aren’t too many vegetarian options there. Their salads are good though!!

  • I’ve never heard of Smokey Bones before now. I live in Kansas City, famous for BBQ, you’d think we would have one here. Sounds like a great place!

  • This looks amazing and I could go for it right now!

  • I used to work at Smokey Bones in Orlando, FL! Their food is amazing, I miss it so much! This is definitely a place that I still recommend to friends/family if they live close to one! Sadly, they do not have them where I live now.

  • Omg. Making me hungry. Would love to eat here. The ribs look great. Thanks for sharing

  • You’ve sold me on this place! If I’m ever in Cincinnati, I’ll go there to eat. This is coming from someone who is right proud of her own homemade dry rub.

  • This is looking good and tasty

  • The food looks so yummy, my family would eat there for sure

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