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“Great Breakfast or Spicy Lunch - Regardless, a LONG wait is likely!!”
Review of Smoke Shack

Smoke Shack
Ranked #9 of 50 Restaurants in Seward
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$4 - US$25
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Takeout
Description: Dine in a fun & comfortable atmosphere inside a historic Alaska Railroad car! We are open for breakfast & lunch serving homemade comfort food. We are open every day from 8 am- 3pm.
Reviewed 15 July 2018

Our hotel recommended this place to us.

Located near the train station, at the end of town farthest away from downtown. You have to go up the steps, then through a breezeway and the entrance to the restaurant (and other businesses) is on the inside (much like a courtyard).

We waited about 45 minutes for a table.

Breakfast cut-off is 11am(?) and after that, only lunch. But if you get on their wait-list before 11am, you are marked down for breakfast (even though they may not tell you this). If you arrive after 11am, you can only get lunch.

Breakfast menu is really awesome. One of the best breakfast menus anywhere, understanding the person who created their menu enjoys really spicy food. We ordered the blueberry pancakes and bacon. I'd put this breakfast on par with the best I've ever had at any boutique restaurant (except, maybe, in France).

Being a southern girl, I ordered their "grits". However, there is nothing southern about their grits and I returned the dish. The cook had loaded it with tons of condiments like some sort of cream, lots of spices, meat bits of all kinds and more. Yeah, no.

Before we learned we could get breakfast, since we weren't seated until 11:30am-ish, we thought we'd be stuck with lunch. If you like spicy, Mexican-themed food, then you'd love their lunch fare.

Service was very good, after we were seated - the (long) waiting list was managed very loosely by already-extremely-busy servers. They really need to hire a seating attendant.

I recommend this place to anyone who enjoys a really good breakfast or spicy lunch and doesn't mind a long wait.

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Thank Es W
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Reviewed 15 July 2018 via mobile

Smoke shack was a great find. Located in a train car near the rail station was a cozy experience. Food was very good pulled pork, Ruben, and a burrito. All good size. Ruben could have had a bit more meat. Awsome green chili was spicy and full of flavor. Our waitress was great. I would go back.

Thank Explore785122
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Reviewed 13 July 2018 via mobile

The food here was very good. We had the pulled pork sandwich and the Reuben sandwich. The way you said we had was very friendly the hostess do young lady was very friendly and helpful. Our food came out my snot no issues. I would recommend this place if you like local food. If you can try the jalapeno ketchup it is very good but in the beans and it gives it a nice kick and flavor.

Thank Charles R
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Reviewed 13 July 2018

We visited the Smoke Shack for brunch on a Sunday. They were extremely busy, and the service was slow. We chose to eat outside at a picnic table, and once we were served, we enjoyed the experience. The food was excellent. Because they were so busy, they were slow to refill coffee, juice and water. I would recommend timing your visit to try to avoid the rush as much as possible. Seating is limited so plan for a wait. And don't be afraid to let them know when your drinks are low. I will say that when we asked, we got what we requested fairly quickly given the crowd.

Thank majooli
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Reviewed 12 July 2018

Visited here on our last morning in Seward. The menu (helpfully posted on-line) is what attracted us. Offerings were different than the usual breakfast fares offered at most place. We loved the Eggs Benedict and Easy Goin' bowl, which were both very large servings for the price. Compared to other places, we felt this was a very reasonably priced place to eat breakfast out in Seward. The inside seating is a redone train car and is very cute but small...only 6 tables that will each seat up to 4 people. There are outdoor picnic tables under a canopy but you really should sit inside to get the railcar atmosphere, just be prepared to wait. One of the best parts was that they served breakfast until 11:30 AM. Highly recommend!

Thank Sonworshipper
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