In the heart of downtown Renton, Washington sits an inviting BBQ oasis known as the Cedar River Smokehouse. Since its grand opening in 2000, people have flocked from communities such as Kent, Auburn, south Seattle, Maple Valley, as well as many others to get here. With convenient access to Highway 167, Highway 169, Interstate 405, and Rainier Avenue, customers have found it simple to travel the distance and obtain the delicious barbeque this business has to offer. Nestled amongst a cupcake and coffee shop, law firm, Italian restaurant, jewelry shop and other fine eateries, this establishment has carved a niche for themselves. The evident common lengthy lines visible at lunch time clearly state there is something here worth the visit.
Upon entering the restaurant you will find your nostrils greeted by the delicious aroma of fresh meats that have been delicately prepared, and tenderized for customers. Slightly dark as you begin to take in the scenery, the immediate feel is relaxing, surroundings clean, and as you walk further in, you will feel at home and comfortable. There are no airs here, this is a come as you are location. Walking up to the counter, a large board lists the many food selections available to satisfy your taste buds. The staff is friendly and helpful with selections and recommendations if you need assistance. Service is quick, and orders can be gathered at the pickup window. Often you will find your order is complete by the time you have picked up your beverages. The prompt service allows you to grab a table or booth(s) which align the wall quickly, and begin diving into the flavorful meal awaiting you. This also helps keep things moving along quickly during busier times.
The portions are generous and filling. Eight types of meat are available. Ribs are presented with sauce that is served on the side. This prevents the sauce from overpowering the actual taste of the meat. The sauce is available in hot (spicy and may tingle your mouth if not used to this,) medium, or mild (sweet and tangy.) Providing sauce control is ideal for customers, allowing them to create the ideal taste desired for their personal liking..
Lunch cost averages $7.00. Selections include sandwiches such as: brisket, turkey, smoked pork, and pork and hot link…Delicious sides to accompany your sandwich are available for approximately $2.00. Potato salad, macaroni and cheese, cole slaw, and baked beans are a few of the choices. A basic dinner is served with one meat selection and costs about $12.00. This fee also provides a selection of two sides to accompany the meal. For an additional $1-$2 you can increase your meat selection to two or three choices rather than just a single selection. Party packages are available for 4-15 people and the cost range is $35-$125. Office packages can be easily ordered which provide 10-30 sandwiches for $55-$160. Desserts including brownies, cobblers (peach, blueberry, and blackberry,) as well as delicious moist macadamia cookies can often be found on the menu as well. Catering is offered.
For a taste of down home Texas style BBQ, Cedar River Smokehouse has proven to be a fun, delicious, and satisfying stop for its customers. The convenient location will make it a place you will return to more than once. Street parking is plentiful, but during busier times (lunch) you may find yourself parking a few blocks away, but the final destination will make this a trip worth the stop.
Cedar River Smokehouse
304 Wells Avenue South
Renton, Washington 98057