At the table with Anna: Big Hoffa’s Smokehouse

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Address: 800 E Main St., Westfield

What to get: The Captain

Price: $7.99

The Captain reminds me of poutine because it serves French fries on top of pulled chicken and macaroni and cheese with buffalo and ranch sauces drizzled on top. (Photo by Anna Skinner)

Anna’s take: The thing I love most about Big Hoffa’s, other than the barbecue, is the diversity of the restaurant’s menu. A lot of the barbecue places I’ve visited stick to just barbecue. Although I love barbecue as much as the next person, I think it’s important to have an offering for all different tastes, and Big Hoffa’s does.

I ordered The Captain. It reminds me of poutine. French fries rest atop pulled chicken and creamy macaroni and cheese. Buffalo sauce and ranch dressing are drizzled on top. You’ll need a fork and several napkins to eat these, but it’s so worth it. Be sure to add a generous helping of pickles.

Big Hoffa’s also offers traditional barbecue meals with a sandwich and two sides. It also offers meat-only, served by the half-pound and pound, so pick some up before stopping by your next family gathering.

Big Hoffa’s is in the same building as Main Street Shoppes, a two-story antique store. However, Big Hoffa’s has purchased the space and will begin to expand in late January. The menu will grow along with beer and wine selections.

Suggested pairings: Typically, I grab a beer or wine to go with my meal but Big Hoffa’s is an excellent spot to swing by on your lunch break, so I paired my meal with an ice-cold Fanta. Big Hoffa’s offers three kinds of wine and eight types of beer in bottles or cans. You have your domestic options like Miller Lite and Angry Orchard, but Big Hoffa’s also offers a few local options like Sun King Sunlight Cream Ale and Sun King Wee Mac Scottish Ale. 

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