Southern California may be miles away from the American South, but that doesn’t mean you need to book a flight to get authentic southern BBQ. Instead, simply head over to the Old Crow Smokehouse in Orange to get all the BBQ and sides your heart desires.
What is the Old Crow Smokehouse?
The Old Crow Smokehouse is a true Southern restaurant with its roots in the Midwest. The first restaurant opened in the Wrigleyville neighborhood of Chicago, but today there are two locations in Southern California, in Orange and Huntington Beach.
Unlike some BBQ joints, the Old Crow Smokehouse doesn’t discriminate when it comes to flavor profiles. Their menu includes BBQ from the Carolinas, Kansas City, Memphis, and Texas. The company’s website describes it as a “the ultimate blend of home cookin’ and a lively saloon.”
What’s on the Menu?
The menu at Old Crow Smokehouse is a meat lover’s delight. Here’s a peek at some of their most delicious-sounding dishes.
Their appetizers include Southern twists on some American favorites, such as pigskin nachos, pulled pork egg rolls, and BBQ rib quesadillas with house-made barbecue sauce and pickled onions.
Sandwiches include Memphis Tacos, a tri-tip sandwich, and a grilled BBQ wrap with pulled pork and Applewood-smoked bacon.
If you’re looking for a full meal, you can try their baby back ribs, St. Louis Ribs, burnt ends, or beer can grilled chicken – a house specialty. They also serve a full array of traditional BBQ sides, including coleslaw, mac & cheese, summer pickles, fries, and cornbread.
The build-your-own combo allow you to choose a sampling of their various BBQ styles and sides. You can choose three meats and two sides in any combination.
For dessert, they’ve got down-home favorites such as apple fritters and a mini key lime pie. If you prefer something cold, you can choose from maple brown sugar, banana caramel, vanilla bean & chocolate gelato.
The Old Crow Smokehouse is more than a restaurant. They also feature live music on Friday and Saturday nights with no cover charge. The scheduled lineup as of this writing includes:
- Redwood Black
- The Rye Brothers
- John Mercey
- Shotgun Jefferson
The lack of a cover charge makes the Old Crow Smokehouse an affordable night out for Orange residents, especially those who enjoy country music with their barbecue.
Specials and More
You should also know that the Old Crow Smokehouse has Happy Hour specials every Monday – Thursday. Here’s how the specials break down:
- Monday is all-night happy hour
- Tuesday is BBQ Taco Tuesday
- Wednesday is Wine & Swine, with discounted baby back ribs and wine
- Build-Your-Own Thursday with combos for $20
They also serve brunch on Sundays with bottomless mimosas and dishes like a chicken and waffle sandwich or a breakfast wrap with pulled pork and brisket hash.
The Old Crow Smokehouse is a popular location in Orange. It’s an ideal place for lunch with the family or a night of dinner and live music. You can make online reservations by visiting their website, here.
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