NEW: SMOKE Bistro coming to The Pizitz Food Hall

(Smoke Bistro)

A new smokehouse restaurant is coming to The Pizitz Food Hall, spearheaded by award-winning Birmingham restauranteur Chef Raquel Ervin. Keep reading to learn more about SMOKE Bistro and their mouthwatering menu!

Coming to The Pizitz Food Hall

Panoptic, Raquel Ervin
Chef Raquel Ervin, founder of Panoptic, SLIDE and now SMOKE. (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

SMOKE is the latest culinary project from award-winning Chef Raquel Ervin. Originally from Mobile, Chef Raquel founded the Panoptic Catering company, SLIDE food truck and SLIDE cafe here in Birmingham.

“Any restaurant cuisine I open will pay homage to growing up where family and soul food met each other everyday. SMOKE will have a few twists that will elevate traditional soul food with a barbecue flare. Not everything will be smoked meats as you’d find in a traditional barbecue restaurant setting, but our sauces and sides will have variations and elevations that make them tasty yet unique.”

Chef Raquel Ervin

According to Chef Raquel, SMOKE will be located at The Pizitz Food Hall in the former Eli’s Jerusalem Grill/Edelyn’s Pie booth. The restaurant is expected to open in Spring 2023.

Check out the mouthwatering SMOKE menu 😋


Come Spring, SMOKE will begin serving up delectable dishes including:

  • Rib marinated in SMOKE’s special rub, smoked and glazed with house barbecue sauce and white bread.
  • Turkey leg seasoned, smoked and served with house white barbecue sauce and white bread.
  • Slow smoked beef brisket, served with house barbecue sauce and white bread.
  • Sides of mac n’ cheese, potato salad, baked beans, cole slaw, cornbread and more.

Click here to view the full menu (warning—do NOT read with an empty stomach!)

“My personal favorite dish will be my mothers old school homemade cornbread topped with a popular menu item from my catering company started back in 2014, the Honey Crunch Butter. After years of gained tons of attention on our rolls served at many of our full service events, I am happy to be able to offer an amazing combination daily. I’ve always been a meat eater, walking around carnivals and parks with a big turkey leg in hand. I knew once I launched this concept, the turkey leg was priority. I feel pairing a turkey leg with the traditional beef, chicken and pork, creates variety and offers a leaner meat option to the menu. These items will be a great choice for first timers along with my award winning 5-cheese baked macaroni and cheese!”

Chef Raquel Ervin

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Nathan Watson
Nathan Watson

Senior Content Producer at Bham Now

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