April 17, 2001
The food is typical pub fare, but they have terrific happy hour specials. The night I was there, they were serving two "well" cocktails for the price of one, and it was 7:30 p.m., so that's a long happy hour. Best advice for those on a budget is to stick to those drink specials. I opted for a glass of wine, and paid a premium: $7. That seems expensive to me when you consider my sandwich was about the same price.
The grilled grouper sandwich was perfectly cooked, and it was cooked over charcoal not just a chef's grill, so that was a nice surprise. Additionally for sides, I could opt out of greasy fries and get dirty rice, which I did. The triad of hot sauces on the table was a nice treat as well.
Oh, and one of the nicest little treats was the warmed peanuts in a shell that you can munch on while you wait. It's amazing how just heating up peanuts makes them taste soooooo much....hmmm, tastier.
If you're put off by peanut shells on the floor and would really prefer a glass of chardonnay, don't go to Smokey Joes. However, if you want to drink beers, enjoy a good sandwich, then it's probably a place you'd enjoy.
Outdoor dining is available, and they have live music even during weekday evenings. It was an appropriately Jimmy Buffet-styled band the night I visited.
From journal April in Tampa