F220 Smokehouse

I’ve been meaning to try out F220 Smokehouse ever since it took over from the old Sidelines Sports Bar at the same location a couple of years ago, though I just haven’t gotten around to it until tonight.

F220 Smokehouse is owned by the same crew as the nearby Fahrenheit Cafe.

Food

I ordered the F220 Dog – “Giant Texan Sausage, Tangy Ketchup, Mustard, Pickles and Caramelized Onions”.

I love, love, loved the sausage (and my friends joked that I shouldn’t say that too loud… but I’d be lying if I didn’t say it!). The rest of the hot dog tasted okay, though I found the presentation made it hard to eat. I also thought more could have been done with the hot dog (my bar is set by the Strike hotdogs, which are absolutely packed with different sauces and other flavours).

For an extra $3, I substituted the fries for baked potato. This came topped with bacon and sour cream. The potato was soft and creamy, while the bacon was perfectly crunchy. The potato bake could have been improved with some extra bacon. I loved the baked potato, though I’m not sure it was fair to charge extra given that it was a substitution.

My friends ordered the brisket with a side of “Smoked Mac & Cheese”. I had a taste of the mac & cheese and loved it. It was perfect!

I give the food 4/5.

Drinks

Our bartender (who we suspect was also the manager) claimed this was his first time making cocktails… but we loved our cocktails!

(I had the Cherry Gum Old Fashioned whiskey, while my friends had the mojito and tequila cocktails.)

5/5.

Service

The service was fantastic. We were greeted and seated quite quickly, and our waitress was very attentive. I don’t think I’ve ever had a waitress ensure we don’t run out of table water, so I was definitely impressed with the service tonight!

5/5.

Overall

To be honest, I was still mourning the loss of Sidelines when I walked into F220 Smokehouse tonight; but, by the time I left, I was mourning that my time at F220 was over. F220 Smokehouse exceeded expectations on all levels. Unfortunately, I do have a high bar for my hotdogs, but I did nonetheless love the hotdog I was served tonight.

Loved the new place!

9.3/10.

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Grease Monkey, Canberra

My partner and I were told the Braddon precinct was the best place for food in Canberra. We had a quick look around and decided to eat at Grease Monkey as it looked enticing, busy, and came recommended by locals online.

Atmosphere

Busy but not noisy.

Great music.

Great set-up with plenty of seating and heaters, as well as bottles of sauce and paper towels across the establishment.

5/5.

Drinks

My partner ordered a beer, which I (of course) had a sip of. It was their equivalent of a house beer and on their menu was called the Greasy Lager. It was cheap, costing only $5. I thought it tasted a lot like a Great Northern. We both loved it!

My partner also bought me a cocktail. He couldn’t remember the name of it and I was unable to find the drink on their website, but it was made up of rum, passionfruit, pomegranate, and came garnished with a lemon slice. I don’t usually drink rum but I really loved this drink!

My drink also came with a paper straw. I’ve always loved the idea of supporting the environment by using straws alternative to plastic, however I find that I don’t like paper straws much as they break easily and their texture feels gross… What I really loved about this particular straw is it stayed solid and was pleasant to drink from.

5/5.

Food

I ordered the Grease Burger (below, left). It’s a typical beef burger with pickles, lettuce, mayo, cheese, and onion. For $15, it was incredibly disappointed. It seemed basic with not a lot on it, and tasted as plain as it looked.

My partner ordered the Parma Burger (above, right). It was a fried chicken burger and was just as lacklustre as my Grease Burger. I even managed to find a bone when I took a bite into his burger, which could’ve been potentially dangerous had I swallowed it.

The chips were also disappointing. They looked and tasted flat and had a strong peppery taste. If this peppery seasoning had more flavour to it, the chips could have potentially tasted great. The tastelessness of these chips weren’t helped by the fact that the only sauce available was self-serve bottled tomato sauce. Having a great side of sauce may have made these chips amazing.

1/5.

Amenities

Toilets were clean.

I wasn’t a fan of the hand wash basin as it was open to the bar and eatery and I felt exposed as I washed and dried my hands. It also seemed like the noise of the hand drier was super distracting for other patrons because a few people did look over when I used it.

2/5.

Overall

I would highly recommend the Grease Monkey for their bar.

However, I would definitely not recommend eating here.

It was a nice establishment, but the bathroom section should be separated from the rest of the bar/ restaurant for privacy and sound management reasons.

6.5/10.

Looking for other activities near Canberra? View Days 1-2 of my itinerary here for ideas!