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“Food was good, service was slow”

The Olde Smokehouse
Ranked #1 of 5 Restaurants in Madrid
Cuisines: Barbecue
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed October 30, 2014

As there arent' many options in the area, and it was parent's weekend at Clarkson, we decided to get "out of town" and drive 20 minutes from Potsdam to The Olde Smokehouse.

We made reservations based on other people's reviews, and we were GLAD that we did. The ambience of the place is great: a little noisy, close quarters, country decor with murals on the walls, doors and a cowboy to take a selfie with.

Many of us got ribs, which were great, as were the sides. We definitely could have used more of the cornbread & biscuits that they give (only one complimentary basket) per table. We were surprised at how SLOW the service was though. The waitress appologized for taking so long to take our order, and once we ordered it was a full 30 minutes before we were served. My greenbeans were cold but the ribs were delicious.

All in all, the food was good, but it doesn't warrant a higher rating than "very good.

Would we go back? maybe.

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Thank Laura L
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Reviewed October 14, 2014

This is not a large restaurant so if you do not reserve, at least on weekends, expect to wait a good long time. Two things kept me waiting. First, there is nothing close by, as this is really in the middle of no where. Second, once you do get seated, the servers are pleasant and the foods, at least the ones we had, are excellent. Our table ordered brisket, pulled pork, catfish, mac n cheese as well as smoked chicken wings. All were very good!
Four Stars, despite the wait.

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Thank Drpad
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Reviewed August 30, 2014

Our family party of eight, with reservation, was seated and served immediately. There were more than enough experienced servers on hand. The restaurant was full, with families including young children. This is clearly a popular local spot, and many patrons knew and chatted with each other. The menu offers both St. Louis-style ribs and baby back ribs, along with steak and chicken entrees, as well as various kinds of salads. All smoked foods are smoked on premises. I found the St. Louis-style ribs excellent. Meals come with two side dishes, generally veggies and potatoes. Be aware that the mashed potatoes are made with a significant garlic flavor, although I did not have them this time, Excellent cole slaw and fresh zucchini/ summer squash were the daily veggies. Another room in the establishment serves as a popular bar/lounge. There is also outdoor open-sided seating under a roof for large function events. Take-out is available, reservations are a good idea on a weekend. We enjoyed our meal together, and undoubtedly will return when we want some more smoked ribs, steaks or chicken. The restaurant is only 11 miles NW of Potsdam, and is easy to find.

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Thank Mornseer
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Reviewed July 16, 2014

Closed Mondays! (Didn't get to sample.) It's not particularly easy to find either unless you have a map of the hamlet of Madrid.

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Thank EthicsprofCanada
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Reviewed May 28, 2014

Went to the Ole Smoke House in Madrid... What horrible service 45 minutes without even an over of drinks. With a mostly empty restaurant... Only to have the waitress try to blame the kitchen.... Highly disappointing, save your gas money not worth the trip...

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