Smokin’ Wolf BBQ is my new, favorite place in East Hampton on Pantigo Rd. to grab fresh, made-to-order BBQ for my family and friends. After visiting for the first time just one week ago, I knew that this will be a place I will frequent. Not only is the service impeccable, the quality of food is unsurpassable. During my visit, I had the opportunity to try their chargrilled corn, quesadillas (their biggest seller), ribs, brisket, and chicken served with a side of corn bread. I was blown away with the first bite. This is the best Southwestern BBQ I have ever had, no joking around. I am so thrilled to share this restaurant with my readers and my guests who will be visiting throughout the spring and summer.
Smokin’ Wolf is owned and operated by Arthur Wolf. Wolf was the chef/manager of Turtle Crossing in East Hampton. Upon the closing of Turtle Crossing, he then opened Smokin’ Wolf which he now has had for 4 years. While working in the Hamptons, Wolf has had the pleasure of serving many celebrities as well as the U.S. President at that time, Bill Clinton.
“It all started when I was young and I would race home after school so I could watch The Galloping Gourmet. I always enjoyed watching cooking shows,” explains Wolf. “When I was in high school I got my first opportunity in the culinary field working at Big Barry’s as a grill chef in Rocky Point. After I graduated high school I then proceeded to work in Westhampton at the Dune Deck Hotel as a chef. At the end of the summer season I then attended culinary school at New York Tech. After I graduated I returned to Dune Deck for the summer seasons and spent winters working in St Croix USA VI at the Four Star restaurant Top Hat.” Following his seasons at Dune Deck and Top Hat, Wolf worked at Nicky’s Restaurant in Centerport and then went on to move to Manchester, Vermont and worked as the head chef at Laney’s Restaurant., where he worked for 7 years before moving back to Long Island.
I sat down with Wolf’s daughter, Alexa, to learn more about Smokin’ Wolf and their plans for the summer for their restaurant and catering business. About 80% percent of the business is focused on catering for such events as graduations, birthdays, bar/bat mitzvahs, 4th of July barbecues and rehearsal dinners, which is their most popular. Making the choice to use Smokin’ Wolf as your caterer is a very smart one as all services and amenities can be done through them including party rental equipment, flowers, and music. “We have it all,” says Alexa. “Every weekend [in the summer] we have at least 5-10 catered events. We can rent out the space outside their restaurant for rehearsal dinners and we are in touch with a lot of places so people can have events where they would like. We file the paperwork, and we make it very easy.” Smokin’ Wolf has a full staff that has been working with them for 14 years that includes servers, and a clean up crew, we have it all. For catering, they can do beer and wine depending upon the location.
In addition, they work events such as Taste of Two Forks and Grill Hampton during the summer. “This summer, we really would like to focus on catering, but we are also working on building our take out clientele,” explains Alexa. “We recently added a bunch desserts, well sell beer now, and we are looking to get a tap beer and sell wine.”
Want to end your meal with something sweet? All desserts are homemade. In the summer, you can choose from carrot cake, pecan pie, and key lime pie that are made by a woman who used to work at the Amagansett Farmer’s Market. She also makes lemon tarts, fruit tarts, cookies, all their pies, and can make anything you can think of. These desserts can also be apart of your catering package.
During the summer, Smokin’ Wolf creates a pleasant setting for outdoor dining with tiki torches surrounding the picnic tables under umbrellas. The restaurant offers counter service for ordering and for now, guests can bring their own wine.
Smokin’ Wolf is very friendly, and has a number of activities for kids in the summer to keep them entertained. They also have their own menu for children. For kids they do “Life is a Beach,” with blue jello, cool whip, and graham crackers with a little beach umbrella, and “Cup of Mud” with chopped oreos, and chocolate mousse. They also sell the premium line of Hershey’s ice cream.
For lunch, they offer an $8.75 lunch menu that includes quesadillas with a side salad, sandwiches, wraps, and vegetarian options, alonng with some seafood, and chicken options. “We like to cater to everyone,” says Alexa. During the week, they offer a $7.75 lunch special which is when Arthur chooses three special lunch items to serve at that price. “We do a lot of healthy options roasted vegetables, mixed green salads. We also have gluten-free menu items; our barbecue sauce gluten-free and sold in store.” For example, the $7.75 lunch special this week includes Salmon Nicoise Salad: Grilled Salmon, Green Beans, Potatoes, Eggs and Tomato over Mixed Greens with Dijon Vinaigrette; Chicken Tacos: Fried or Grilled, topped with Shredded Lettuce and Mango Salsa in Flour Tortillas with a choice of one side; and the Pulled Pork and Mac & Cheese Bowl.
One of Alexa’s favorite menu items is the chargrilled corn, which is dressed with chipotle mayo, cotija cheese, and chili powder. “It is a best-seller in the summer, 95% of customers order that,” says Alexa. She also loves the Cowgirl Quesadilla, freshly prepared and with guacamole, caramelized onions, and mango salsa, cut into eight pieces . You can choose to add pulled pork, chicken or shrimp.
It is recommended that you call ahead in the summer, as everything is cooked to order. Smokin’ Wolf BBQ is open Wednesday thru Saturday 11am-8pm and Sunday from 11am-7pm for lunch and dinner. For more information, please visit http://www.smokinwolfbbq.com/