Gerald's Smoke House

Restaurant
1501 Washington Avenue, Racine, WI 53403 1501 Washington Avenue, Racine Directions
+12628983463
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66% of 29 customers recommended
This place is closed.

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  • Cuisine
    Pizza, Salad, Sandwiches, Soup

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11 Tips
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Report | 3 years ago
The food was delicious and the waitress was very nice.
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Report | 4 years ago
I had a Jack and Coke for dinner and it honestly did not taste right. At first they thought they put the wrong liquor in it but the replacement was just as bad as the first drink. I'm not sure what it was but I won't get another one when I come back. Your food was EXCELLENT though and more than made up for the bad mixed drink. I will be back for dinner.
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Report | 4 years ago
Food was excellent - best barbeque in the area. Three sauces are offered which were all excellent and addressed a variety of spiciness desires. Service was great and the manager welcoming. We will definitely be back.
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Report | 4 years ago
$19 for two specialty drinks (long island iced tea and a cosmo) seems high for Racine. The food was excellent.
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Report | 4 years ago
Great food....especially ribs and brisket.
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Report | 4 years ago
Great food, great ambiance.
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Report | 4 years ago
very courteous and helpful staff.
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Report | 4 years ago
Great Food and the wait staff was courteous and helpful.
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Report | 4 years ago
Seriously......they need to improve their signage on Washington St. I've driven by it for the last year and never even noticed it switched hands and became a barbecue place.
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Report | 4 years ago
Keep up with the tasty food, service good be a little faster, but I have a feeling, they had an unexpected dinner rush, food was worth the wait though.
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From Our Editors

The faint melody of blues music and the aroma of smoking meat drifts out of the imposing white brick façade of the former American Bank & Trust building. It can inspire the occasional double take from passersby who don't know that the opulent space is now occupied by Gerald’s Smokehouse. Inside, where bank tellers once counted cash, there's now a meat smoker that roasts ribs.

Restaurateur Gerald Bester has striven to preserve the building's old-fashioned bits of grandeur. The former deposit slip column has been upended into a long table, and the bank vault serves as the centerpiece of the dining room and as a time-out room for fussy dining companions. Sunlight pours through the service window at the end of the bar. Mr. Bester has also updated the space by transforming the second floor into a VIP lounge furnished with flat-screen TVs, leather couches, and an outside smoking patio.

Mr. Bester, who has a background in entertainment and promotions, strives to lure in international musicians, comedians, and poets to the restaurant’s stage. “I knew from an early age I wanted to be an entrepreneur," he says. "Comedy, bands—I just wanted it all in one location, with good food and good drinks.”

In contrast to the oft-elaborate décor, Mr. Bester keeps the food casual, offering southern-style barbecue. His chefs smoke ribs atop beds of apple-pecan and hickory wood and serve the meat alongside heaping sides of fried green tomatoes and collard greens.

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