Cuisine: American, Barbeque, Caribbean
Restaurant Features: Bar, Happy Hour, Live Music, On-Site Parking, Patio Dining
Location: Stillwater, MN
Address: 423 Main Street South #A Stillwater, MN 55082 (651) 439-5375
Hours: (Winter)Mon – Wed: 3pm – 9pm, Thurs: 11:30am – 9pm, Fri: 11:30am – 10pm, Sat: 11:30am – 10pm Sun 11:30 – 9pm
Links: Smalley’s Barbeque Website * Smalley’s Caribbean on Facebook * Google Map
Atmosphere: Smalley’s Caribbean barbeque is located at the south end of Main Street in Stillwater, overlooking the St Croix River. Once upon a time this location was an Esteban’s Restaurant, but it has definitely undergone a big makeover since. If the wooden plank floors and knotty pine tables aren’t enough, the occasional model pirate ship and large selection of rums will surely bring the pirate theme to your dining experience.
The Pirate Bar is located in the same Plaza as the Caribbean Barbeque but is accessed through a different doorway at the back. This is a happening place where Live Music is played most evenings all year long.
Menu: Appetizers at Smalley’s include Sweet Corn Fritters with Rum Butter Sauce, BBQ Shrimp with jalapeno Cornbread, Plantain and Tortilla Chips with Habanero Salsa and Queso, Sweet Potato Fries, Fried Green Tomatoes, and Shrimp Cocktail.
Salads include Ice Berg Wedge with Bleu Cheese and Pepper Bacon, Caesar, and Ginger-Jicama Slaw. Chicken or shrimp can be added to any salad.
Sandwiches include Barbeque Pulled Pork, Pulled Smoked Chicken, Jerk Chicken Breast Sandwich, Clam Po’ Boy, and Carolina BBQ Pork Sandwich. Jerk Tacos are also available with either Jerk Pork or Jerk Shrimp.
Barbeque entrees at Smalley’s Caribbean Barbeque include Pork Spare Ribs, Smoked Beef Brisket, Roasted Pork Shoulder, Shrimp Skewers, and Jerk Ahi Tuna.
Sides offered include Fire Roasted Pork and Beans, Grilled Curried Veggies, Black Beans and Rice, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Creamy Coleslaw, Potato Salad with Bacon and Egg, Mac & Cheddar, and Beer Battered Plank Fries.
Desserts include Pecan Pie with Homemade Ice Cream, Coconut Flan with Rum Caramel, Key Lime Pie, and Drunken Chocolate Cake.
Price guide: Appetizers $6-11 Sandwiches $10-12 Entrees $12-20
Happy Hour: Sun-Mon:All Day Tues-Thurs:3-6pm & 9-11pm, Fri:3-6pm & 10- 12am, Sat:10pm-12am
What we ordered: We started with a couple of cocktails; I ordered the Sunsplash. Just as it appears on the photo, it was a girly, fruity drink with rum and orange juice and a bit of cointreau. Tastes just as good in the winter as the summer!
My companion ordered the Bloody Mary which was quite spicy (horseradish, hot sauce) but delicious. It was served with a giant slice of thick cut bacon and giant olives. It was served with a sidecar which was needed to cool the spice.
We started with the BBQ Shrimp, which is a complete misnomer for the dish we received, but we loved it all the same. The sauce for these shrimp did not taste nor resemble a traditional barbeque because it was made with butter and rum and was slightly sweet and spicy from some type of chili peppers cooked into the sauce. There were about eight shrimp in the order and it came with a wedge of cornbread with jalapenos baked right in.
For my entree I ordered the Beef Brisket which came with my choice of two sides. The brisket was moist and delicious, smoked with authentic Jamaican Pimento wood even more so with each of the house-made barbeque sauces. The two sides I chose were the Potato Salad and the Mac & Cheddar, both of which were quite good. The Potato Salad was especially delicious, with large chunks of hardboiled eggs and several crumbles of crispy bacon. It was cool and refreshing after a bite of barbeque with the Scotchie Sauce which is extra spicy. The Mac & Cheddar came with an optional topping of spicy green chiles and bacon which made it spicy. The noodles were flavorful but the sauce was already kind of pasty instead of creamy.
Smalley’s makes its own sauces and there are four to choose from including Scotchies Sauce which is a very spicy Jerk sauce, the House-Made Barbaque, and 3 Dives Mild Jerk Sauce.
My companion ordered the Clam Po’ Boy, which was a delicious, giant sandwich layered with crispy golden fried clam strips, house-made pickles, thinly sliced red onion, bacon slaw and mayonnaise served on a grilled brioche bun. This sandwich came with one side, so my companion ordered the beer-battered plank fries. I ate almost half of this because I liked it so much! The just-pickled cucumber slices were the perfect touch with the bacon slaw.
Service: We sat ourselves as the sign indicated, and were greeted by our server about five minutes later. Our server was friendly and had many great suggestions from the menu. Food and drinks seemed to take some time but we were not in a hurry so we enjoyed the time while we waited.
Overall Impression: I was very happy to have discovered Smalley’s Caribbean Barbeque, the food and drinks were both wonderful and the service was also pretty good. The Pirate Bar is a pretty cool place to have a cocktail and listen to live music.