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Eat Local | Smokey And The Brisket

Smokey And The Brisket just opened up in San Diego.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — If you got it, smoke it baby! And yeah...they have the meat over in La Mesa!

Start your engines ladies and gents, I'm about to take you on a full throttle BBQ experience.

Smokey And The Brisket JUST opened up in San Diego. The owner Alberto says he's passionate about two things; authentic Texas Barbecue and vintage cars!

Let's start with the man behind the meat. Alberto Morreale.

OK so this Italian born restauranteur may not actually be from Texas, but his pit master is. And so is this bad boy--their thousand gallon Bison Smoker from (yep, you guessed it) Texas.

Alberto says he's been obsessed with vintage cars and motorcycles since he was a little kid and couldn't afford to buy one. Well, now he's got a restaurant full of them!

The decor is inspired by the 1977 movie Smokey And The Bandit. So not only has Alberto been in the restaurant business for decades, he also apparently has a knack for interior design.

The bar is built from a 1972 Dodge Van. Vintage motorcycle gas tanks make up their custom built draft system. You can see two Honda 400 1972 transformed as racers. The benches are a truck tailgate redone and modified. There's a 1949 Gas Station Mobil! Basically everywhere you look, there is something cool to see.

Smokey And The Brisket is currently only open for carryout.

A good option is to call and order, and carry it out for a picnic at Lake Murray, which is only steps away from the restaurant. 

Smokey And The Brisket 

5465 Lake Murray Blvd La Mesa, CA. 91942