It turns out that when it comes to finding great barbecue, Washington’s loss was Springfield’s gain. Which brings us to Al’s Smokehouse Carryout & Catering.
Restaurant: Al’s Smokehouse Carryout & Catering
Location: 1202 Sunset Ave., Springfield
Telephone: (937) 717-5068
Al Shamburger moved to Clark County from Washington, D.C., as the result of a family emergency in 1998.
Soon thereafter, he began a new career at the O’Cedar plant that would last 10 years. During that time, he also formed a small barbecue catering business that traveled to different local events, such as the still popular “Bike Night” at the Villa Tavern in Huber Heights.
Al met “Smoking Joe” Black at a car show/car wash fundraiser in Xenia in 2006. Smoking Joe’s BBQ was a customer favorite throughout the tri-state. Later, Al tied his business in with Smoking Joe’s BBQ, and then took over for “Smoking Joe” in 2011. Its Dayton site was renamed Al’s Smokehouse Carryout & Catering.
Its second location opened on Yellow Springs Street in Springfield in 2015. It was replaced by this new setting in January 2018.
Al’s Smokehouse Carryout & Catering serves breakfast all day! Additionally, its menu is well-known for its dynamite bourbon chicken, fresh catfish, handcrafted pork tenderloin, huge smoked pork chops, specialty pizza, spicy jerk chicken, and succulent turkey ribs. Al’s motto is, “Good Food, Great Taste!”
Beverages: Beverages have to be purchased next door at the Sunoco convenient mart.
“Breakfast Specials”: Chicken Biscuits & Gravy-$4; Spicy Chicken Biscuit-$5; French Slam (French Toast & Eggs (two)), or Scrambled Egg Bowl-$6; Biscuits & Gravy Meal-$7; Grand Slam-$8.
Breakfast: Eggs (two) w/Toast-$2.50; Pancakes (two), or Waffle-$3; French Toast (two), or Breakfast Sandwich-$3.50; Veggie Omelette-$4; The Western Omelette-$5; Eggs (two), Hash Browns, Meat, & Toast-$6; The Meat Lovers Omelette, or Veggie Bowl (egg whites)-$6; Waffle & Chicken-$7.
Kid’s Menu (10 years & under): Egg (one) & Meat, or Pancakes (two) & Meat-$3; Cheeseburger, Chicken Tenders, Grilled Cheese, or Hot Dog w/fries & juice-$5.
“Daily Specials”: Chicken Tenders, or Wings (two) Meal-$5; Chicken Wrap, or Pork Tenderloin-$6; Shrimp Basket-$9; Three Whole Wings & Fish (one) Meal-$11.99; Three Whole Wings & Rib Meal-$12.99.
“Weekly Specials”: Monday: Wings-$.50 each; Wednesday: Pork Tenderloin Sandwich-$5; Thursday: Hamburger-$2.
Salads: Tossed Salad-$4; Grilled Chicken Salad-$7; Grilled Salmon Salad-$8; Grilled Shrimp Salad-$9. “Old Gold” is a sweet, tangy mango “house” salad dressing.
Sides: Cornbread-$1; Coleslaw, Fries, Green Beans, or Potato Salad-$2; Baked Beans, Collard Greens, Mac-n-Cheese, or Mashed Potatoes w/gravy-$3; Chili Cheese Fries-$4; Jalapeno Poppers (six), Mozzarella Sticks (five), or Onion Ring Basket-$5.
Sandwiches: Chili Dog-$2; Bahama Mama Spicy Smoked Sausage, Fried German Bologna (sweet), or Grilled Cheese-$3; BLT, “Shamburger” (single), or Tuna Melt-$4; BBQ Pulled Pork, Chicken Breast, “Cry Baby Burger” (w/egg), or Turkey Burger-$5; Beef Brisket-$6; Ribeye Steak Sandwich-$7; Chicken Hoagie, or Philly Cheesesteak-$8.
Subs: Ham & Swiss Sub, or Turkey & Swiss Sub-$4.
“Chef’s Favorites”: Bourbon Chicken, Teriyaki Chicken, or Turkey Rib-$7; Asian Chicken, Jerk Chicken, or Smoked Pork Chop-$8; Smoked BBQ Ribs: One-Quarter Slab-$8; One-Half Slab-$13; Full Slab-$24.
Fish (fried, or grilled): Whiting Sandwich-$6; Tilapia Sandwich-$7; Catfish Sandwich-$8; Tilapia & Grits-$5; Catfish & Grits-$6; Grilled Fish w/Eggs (two)-$8; Shrimp Cheesesteak-$8.
Specialty Pizzas: Cheese Pizza, or Pepperoni Pizza (nine inch)-$5; Deluxe (nine inch)-$12.
Wings: Hennessy Wings-$8.
Desserts (could be): Apple, Lemon Meringue, Pecan, or Sweet Potato pie-$3 (slice).
Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.
Al’s Smokehouse Carryout & Catering adjoins the Sunoco convenient mart at Selma Road and Sunset Avenue. It has no “tower” sign, because its business insignia is only permitted on its windows.
There are 10 tables to seat patrons at this location. Catering can be reserved with a two-week notice for parties of fewer than 100 guests, and with a 30-day notice for parties of more than 100 guests.
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