“Delicious smoked foods from Cayucos California”
"Smoker Jim" Ruddell has been perfecting his uniquely delicious smoked foods since 1980.The fish is straight from local docks – literally right off the boat, and he uses only the freshest meats and poultry. Jim combines the finest herbs and spices with the most aromatic woods to create a special blend of flavors for which his Smokehouse has now become famous. Cayucos is a lovely scenic beach town on the Central Coast of California, and we are right on the beach. A beautiful location, combined with Smoker Jim's tried and true recipes keep locals and tourists alike coming back for more. The critics have praised our food, but you'll need to see for yourself why they love us. We look forward to seeing you. Jim Ruddell was fascinated by the process of smoked foods and its origins for many years. With the help of his wife, Kathy, he spent a lot of time researching and tracking down the purest of ingredients for the seasoning in his recipes. They also visited as many smokehouse restaurants as they could find. After taste-testing dozens of smoked food items and dishes, and comparing them to his own recipes to determine how they measured up, they never found anything better!
I have mixed feelings about Ruddell's Smokehouse. There is no doubt that Jim is a master at smoking meat. While I like to believe I'm open to different things, it is certainly unusual to get (for one example) a taco containing smoked pork that also has chunks of apples in a dressing that reminds one of something that might be served as a side dish at Grandma's house on Thanksgiving. It's quality food with good service and some tables out front to eat almost right on the ocean. Maybe this is like one of those bands one hears and doesn't know what to think of them at first before falling in love with them after a few more listens. The whole town certainly raves about this place so I don't want to rain on the parade. Just know a taco or sandwich here is going to be a different experience.
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