Pulled pork at Smokie's
Pulled pork at Smokie's

Smokie’s
Open 24 hours
Zhukeeva Pudovkina Steet and Doneteskaya Street, Bishkek
Meals for around $14

Something I didn’t think I’d end up craving but inevitably did was barbecue food, in particular a pulled pork sandwich. For the first few months in Bishkek I was under the impression that this was simply something I would have to wait for, but I met an expat in the embassy who told me about Smokie’s. When we arrived at the address he gave us, we thought it was closed due to how dark it was. We were wrong, however, and Smokie’s is actually open 24/7. The food isn’t quite as good as barbecue back home, but it’s good enough to satiate any cravings you might have. The pulled pork, unsurprisingly, is the best food on the menu and therefore my recommendation. The waitresses at Smokie’s are very friendly and all speak English practically fluently. I will warn you though, Smokie’s is expensive as everything will cost around $7, especially any alcohol which is exorbitant. Overall though, I would definitely recommend Smokie’s.

 

Cian Stryker

Cian Stryker

Cian Stryker is pursuing a Bachelors of Philosophy with a dual degree in Political Science and Russian and Eastern European Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. He is currently studying abroad on SRAS's Central Asian Studies program in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. He is currently writing a thesis comparing the ethnic Russian diaspora in Estonia to that in Kyrgyzstan and to what extent those diasporas experience ethnic tension. He spent the summer of 2016 living and studying in Narva, Estonia. He hopes to eventually join the US Foreign Service.

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