jpkdsm wrote:I really would love to support Smokey Row, but seriously... Here's my verdict on my initial visits to their shop. Mediocre coffee, nice atmosphere and BAD music. About the music... I'm not kidding when I say that someone stole Ryan Seacrest's iPod and put it on shuffle.
While ordering, I asked the server which coffee had been brewed most recently and she couldn't tell me which one. This showed me that they really don't brew their coffee on a regular basis. This isn't a huge knock, but it shows a lack of attention to their core product. It made me wonder if the coffee I was going to be drinking was sour, but I think I got the lucky batch and that it tasted relatively fresh, though the flavor of the Smoky Row Blend wasn't anything spectacular. In fact, in a blind taste test, most would probably prefer the coffee of the Drake Diner.
I guess I'll give it a few more tries, but as far as cornering the market on great coffee, you're going to have a tough time beating Mars Cafe, Ritual or Java Joes.
The owners are there every day - you should tell them what you told us. They would appreciate the feedback.
I've been to Smokey Row several times since they opened and the help all seem to be of high school and college age - but I view that as a good thing in these economic times: kids having real, part time jobs at a nice cafe. Sure. they need polish, but I did too at the jobs I had in high school and college.
As far as their coffee goes, I haven't really tried it yet. So I have no opinion about it.