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Barbacoa Smokehouse Opens in Fairfield: Casual Customized BBQ

Barbacoa Smokehouse is one of the most recent restaurants to grace the Fairfield food scene. The smokehouse marries modern technology with a rustic and relaxed setting. Kiosks replace waiters, though Ambassadors are on hand to help and answer any questions you may have.

So how does a restaurant with no menu yet tons of options work? The idea is that each customer can create something unique. Certain to appeal to Millennials and Gen Z-ers, this digital-age friendly way of ordering your food is incredibly easy to use. If you can get cash from an ATM, you can order your meal! The touch screen computer guides you through the process quickly and seamlessly in four easy steps.

Last weekend, armed with my hungry troop of three ranging in age from 13 to 19, we decided to give this new interactive eatery a try. Ordering our meals was easy and fun and everything was delivered within the 15 minutes promised.

My daughter ordered a burger which was well-cooked (as she specified) and flavorful. To hers she added roasted garlic, lettuce and avocado. Her only regret was not adding some of the other toppings available. My oldest son went for a quesadilla with smoked pork and brisket. The meat was so incredibly tender and we were quite unexpectedly surprised. To that he added sauce on the side, scallions, guac and sour cream. My 13-year-old son also opted for the quesadilla, but he went for the smoked pulled pork and grilled chicken. He was not at all shy with his toppings, selecting chipotle BBQ sauce, sour cream, scallions, shredded cheese, guac, corn off the cob, avocado, pepperoni and seasoned white rice. I tried a bite of his too… DELISH!

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Jessica Ryan