The Newest BBQ Joint Along the River

Image is of the outside of Shiners on the Levee with the front and hanging sign that says "Shiners" on the side.Attention fellow BBQ lovers, if you aren’t already familiar with Shiners on the Levee, allow me to introduce you. Shiners is a spacious, modern and fun BBQ restaurant that serves great food, cocktails, moonshine and live entertainment located at Newport on the Levee!

Dot (colleague and food/beverage aficionado) and I recently visited Shiners for lunch and left happily stuffed and with to-go boxes for the husbands. Sharing is caring! Together we sampled a variety of crafted cocktails and delectable dishes to provide you with some insight into what you can order.

What We Drank

Image is of the Orange Creamsicle Frozen Cocktail with a straw and orange on the side.

Orange Creamsicle Frozen Cocktail

If you’re a fan of orange creamsicle like I am, I suggest you try this one. Made with moonshine and vanilla vodka, this frozen drink is the slushie you need in your life. Please note, they rotate their frozen cocktail flavors, so this may or may not be on the menu when you stop in. But I highly suggest you ask!

Image is of the Dixie Land Delight cocktail with a straw and lemon.

Dixie Land Delight

Lovers of sweet drinks with moonshine, this is the cocktail for you! Made with Ole Smoky Blackberry Moonshine, passionfruit puree, lemon and simple syrup, this cocktail is sweet but not overly sweet and is very blackberry-forward and refreshing.

Interested in trying different flavors of moonshine? Be sure to ask your waitstaff about moonshine shots. If you stop in on a Thursday night for “Ole Smoky” karaoke, moonshine is half off!

What We Ate

Too much food! We sampled two appetizers, one salad, two sandwiches and one side.

Image is of Shiner's Peter Pipers (fried pickles) in a bowl with a small cup of ranch dressing in the center.Peter Pipers

One of the things that bonds Dot and I is our love for some good, ole fried pickles. Shiners’ lightly breaded dill pickle chips with their KY white BBQ sauce did not disappoint.

Image is of Shiners Grill Out which is a small grill with buns and different types of meat on top of it.The Grillout

While the name calls this out, I was not expecting a small grill to be set on the table! I like the Grillout appetizer for two reasons: the portions are great and you get to sample multiple types of BBQ all at once. All of their meats are glazed in their signature Shiners House BBQ, but be sure to add their most popular BBQ sauces including Smokey Bourbon and Dr. Pepper. Now, if you’re feeling adventurous… give the Mop Water a try.

Image is of Shiners Green Machine salad which is a small salad that is wrapped together by a cucumber with raisins and dressing surrounding it.Green Machine

This is the prettiest salad I have ever seen and truly tastes as good as it looks. Wrapped elegantly in an English cucumber, this hydroponic butter-crunch lettuce salad is topped with walnuts, raisins, cranberries, blue cheese crumble and a creamy and refreshing green goddess dressing.

Image is of Shiners Implanted plant sausage in a toasted hot dog bun with onions and poblanos.Implanted

“Oh my God, it’s good. Best plant sausage I’ve ever had. Wow!” That is a direct quote from Dot and the look on her face when she said it told me she meant it. This great vegetarian option is a plant-based sausage topped with poblanos, sautéed onions and beer mustard on a toasted bun.

Image is of the brisket sandwich with a pickle, chips and a demi-glace sauce in the center.

Brisket Dip

This sammie and chips combo was delicious. Tender and flavorful brisket is smothered in melted gruyere cheese, dill pickles and a KY white BBQ sauce and served on a soft, butter hoagie roll. It was everything I wanted it to be. The warm demi-glace sauce was the cherry on the top, and the thin and crispy side of chips completed this great entrée.

Image is of the Off Cob Elote at Shiners which is corn in a bowl with cheese, spices and peppers.

Off Cob Elote

Just when we thought there was no more room, we made room for the Off Cob Elote. The roasted corn topped with cilantro, cotija cheese, lime, smoked paprika and poblano peppers was amazing. It had a great texture, was flavorful and packed a little beat of heat. I highly recommend getting this side dish and splitting it with a friend.

Image is of Shiners Dinning Area with tables, chairs and a stage in the background.Dot and I thoroughly enjoyed our time at Shiners on the Levee. The food was top notch, the staff was incredible and knowledgeable, and the restaurant itself is warm and inviting. If you are a fan of BBQ or are just wanting to try a new restaurant and bar, we recommend that you and your family give Shiners on the Levee a try. Be sure to swing by on Mondays for trivia, Wednesdays for line dancing night, Thursdays for “Ole Smoky” karaoke, Fridays and Saturdays for live music, and brunch on Saturdays and Sundays!

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