The Village Smokehouse

kid-friendly Brookline BBQ

The open BBQ pit! Photo source: Village Smokehouse 


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  • Neighborhood: Brookline Village
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  • Recommended For Dining With:  Infants, toddlers, kids

kid-friendly Brookline BBQ

Photo source: Village Smokehouse

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The Village Smokehouse is family owned and operated business, now on its 3rd generation, serving up authentic open pit Texas BBQ since 1987. The original recipes–still used today–are from “Nan Kelly”, a family friend’s grandmother, straight out of Galveston, TX. The vibe and decor are all about southern hospitality–from the checkered tabletops and pictures of Texas cowboys adorning the walls, to the friendly and warm service. There’s nothing fancy (or healthy) about the Smokehouse, but that’s why people love it. It is a little taste of Texas BBQ in New England.

family-friendly restaurant tip The Smokehouse handles large parties easily. Their downstairs function room is also a great option for large celebrations and parties–especially birthday celebrations for little ones who dig a cowboy or cowgirl theme.


Really great. This kid-friendly Brookline BBQ hot spot is generally packed with families with young kids. Crayons, coloring sheets, and kids cups are automatically distributed, and the servers totally understand that kids have shorter attention spans and will adjust the flow of service as needed.

family-friendly restaurant tip There are a couple of steps and doors at the main entrance, so you may need to fold up strollers or get some help carrying them in. Once inside, there’s plenty of space downstairs and in other corners to tuck away a folded stroller–just ask the host for suggestions on where best to store it.

kid-friendly Brookline BBQ

The Texas Hawg: Photo source

Main Menu:

Meat lovers rejoice! This is straight up BBQ (with some other items available for those who aren’t in a meat loving mood). You’ll find sandwiches, salads, burgers and other items to choose from, but the real star of the show is the BBQ. Order up a combo, a “Texas Hawg” or create your own meal with meats and sides of your choosing. Don’t miss:

  • Brisket
  • Ribs
  • Pulled Pork
  • Homemade stuffed jalapenos (HUGE and the real deal…no frozen yuckiness here!)

Kid’s Menu:  

The Smokehouse knows that kids and adults alike love BBQ, so their menu lets the younger crowd order favorites in smaller portions, including ribs, brisket, pulled pork and more. Kid’s meals are $7.95-$9.95 and include a choice of side and a free drink. They’ll even hold the sauce for the less adventurous BBQ connoisseurs.

Nearby Attractions:  

  • JFK Birthplace
  • Boston University
  • Boston College
  • Museum of Fine Arts
  • Longwood Medical Area
  • Riverway/Olmstead Parks
  • Larz Anderson Park


  • Stroller storage
  • High chairs
  • T accessible
  • Kid’s menu

Getting There:

  • T accessible via the Green Line’s Brookline Village Station
  • There’s usually plenty of metered parking on Harvard St., surrounding side streets, as well as 2 large municipal lots just behind the restaurant.