Midwood Smokehouse has a growing reputation for some of Columbia’s favorite barbecue. From pulled pork to brisket to ribs, the Texas-style barbecue joint has been serving Columbians since January 2016.
Bartender Kevin Doyle, who has been at the Cross Hill location since its opening, said what truly sets Midwood’s bar apart is just that – the restaurant actually has a bar.
“Most barbecue places in the South are nonalcoholic, or if there is a bar, it may have a couple of drinks or beer,” he said. “We have a full-service bar. Bourbon accompanies barbecue very well, and we have one of the largest selections in town (over 30) and 12 beers on tap (seven local, including River Rat).”
Located in the Whole Foods shopping center at Devine Street and Fort Jackson Boulevard, Midwood is a draw for everyone in town, from Forest Acres retirees to Fort Jackson personnel to University of South Carolina students and staff.
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Favorites from Midwood’s specialty cocktail menu include the Bramble On and the old-fashioned QC.
The Bramble On blends a base of Ole Smoky blackberry moonshine and muddled mint with agave nectar, lemon juice and triple sec, topped off with club soda. The old-fashioned QC brings together Virgil Kane rye whiskey, syrup, bitters, an orange slice and smoked cherries, kept cold with an ice ball.
The drink menu also features five bloody mary variations.
The most popular is the Hangry Mary, which you can order three ways: classic, smoked or spiced. The smoked uses smoked salt on the rim instead of season salt, so it gives it a nice smoky flavor with each sip. Doyle’s favorite is the spiced, which adds horseradish, hot sauce and a rib rub around the rim to give it a nice kick. All options come with two smoked wings and one bacon-wrapped jalapeño as the garnish.
“For those days you need a little something extra in your drink, it’s a beautiful cocktail,” said Doyle. “It’s a great way to get a little something to eat and have a nice drink.”
So now when you’re in the mood to “pig out” with a brew, bourbon or bloody mary, you know where to go.