It’s been said that there are no atheists in foxholes. I wonder, then, if it’s true that there are no vegetarians in smokehouses. I think from time to time about becoming a vegetarian, I really do, but my lack of any real food-related willpower always seems to get in the way (and I have the Heath bar addiction to prove it). Recently, I discovered yet another reason not to give up meat “cold turkey” – Blue Stack Smokehouse.
A family-owned and operated restaurant, Blue Stack Smokehouse has only been open for a few months, but it has quickly become one of my go-to lunch destinations. I’ve tried the pulled pork (my usual), the chicken, and the brisket, and they’re all incredibly moist, tender, and flavorful. The meat comes to you dry, but don’t be shy about adding one of Blue Stack’s two homemade barbecue sauces, either mild or spicy. They’re both quite tasty, but I prefer the extra kick of the spicy sauce.
The meat’s not the only thing Blue Stack does well. On the menu are a number of sides that are equally as enticing as the entrées. I’ve tried two of them, but to be honest, they’re so good I don’t ever see myself ordering anything else. Macaroni and cheese is already one of my favorite foods, but their smoked macaroni and cheese makes an old favorite something even better. My other side choice? Without a doubt, the best baked beans I’ve ever had.
Get to Blue Stack Smokehouse as soon as you can. Seriously. If you don’t get there early, there’s a decent chance they’ll be out of something (the jalapeño poppers always seem to be the first to go). Every time I eat there, I notice the line is a bit longer than the last time. This is a hidden gem that isn’t going to stay hidden much longer. Blue Stack Smokehouse is located at 3620 North Clinton Street here in Fort Wayne. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. For more information, call (260) 755-6328 or visit www.bluestacksmokehouse.com.
Apart from spending his college years in West Lafayette, Indiana, and Dayton, Ohio, Mike Flohr is a lifetime resident of the Summit City. Today he divides his time among his wife, Megan, his job as an elementary school teacher, and his many geek obsessions.