Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Take a break from leaf peeping at Moat Mountain Smokehouse & Brewery

With leaf peeping around the corner many tourists will be wondering where to go for decent food in the North Country. We attempted to visit Moat Mountain Smokehouse and Brewery in North Conway last fall and as we were walking into the entrance we were told that their computer system was down which meant no cash registers and no electronic orders for the kitchen. Needless to say they closed for the day. So, we decided to try it again a few weeks ago.

Having sampled the fabulous micro brews from their onsite brewery at other restaurants that gave me cause to recommend them for the beer alone. I started this visit with a sample of the Iron Mike Pale Ale that was lighter in taste and a best fit for the warmer weather. Next in contrast, was the Scotties IPA that was smoother than the first but not overpowering. Either way, beer aficionados should try a sample when they have opportunity.

The food by Chef Scott Ross is basic pub stuff with hamburgers, sandwiches, sliders, wood fired pizza and smoked meats among the many choices. Given that we do enjoy decent BBQ and they have smokehouse in their name this seemed to be the smart direction on the menu and the brisket was the logical and safe pick for us.

Served with cole slaw, garlic mashed and smothered in their BBQ sauce it was what we expected. The meat was tender with a slight garlic flavor. The slaw had very little dressing and a strong bite more like sauerkraut which we enjoyed.

The soft Bavarian pretzel served with beer cheese was our appetizer selection.

One of their more popular starters the cheese sauce is made with Matilda's red rage ale. They were hot and salty. We would order these again.

Our waitress was okay but needs to pay more attention to details. When my wife asked for BBQ sauce on the side it was not done as requested and she didn’t immediately offer to fix the mixup.

Visit Moat Mountain Smokehouse and Brewery for the beer and decent pub food.


3378 White Mountain Highway Route 16
North Conway, New Hampshire 03860

Phone: 603-356-6381


There is a small inn on the second floor of the Smokehouse.