BOOKERS BBQ GRILL & CRAB SHACK With a rustic warehouse interior, this casual barbecue and seafood restaurant serves smokehouse brisket, crab legs by the bucket, blackened catfish, jambalaya, and smoked chicken wings. All-you-can-eat crab and ribs Sun. Live blues bands Fri and Sat nights. Entrees: $$ 316 - 3 St SE, 403-264-6419.
Map 2, D7 www.bookersbbq.com
HAYDEN BLOCK SMOKE & WHISKEY House-smoked, true Texas BBQ brisket, turkey, and pulled pork paired with hand-crafted whiskey cocktails. 1136 Kensington Rd NW, 403-283-3021. Map 1, G5 www.haydenblockyyc.com PALOMINO SMOKEHOUSE & SOCIAL CLUB A bustling restaurant and bar featuring American slow-cooked barbecue. Live music. Entrees: $$ 109 - 7 Ave SW, 403-532-1911. Map 2, E5 www.thepalomino.ca