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Smackwater Jack’s Cafe Downtown Rochester – Review and Pics

Posted by Lisa LaGrou May 6, 2012 Photos, Restaurants

Smackwater Jack’s Cafe is the latest addition to the Downtown Rochester restaurant collection. Smackwater Jack’s is off of Walnut Street at the corner of Third Street, located inside Designhaus Architecture.

The decor at Smackwater Jack’s is very trendy and modern but the room is a bit small as it seats a maximum capacity of 65. I was somewhat disappointed with Smackwater Jack’s. Their slick logo and modern decor had me thinking I was walking into a cool Downtown Rochester bar or hangout like Penny Black. Instead, Smackwater is just a great looking (but small) lunch cafe.

Smackwater Jack’s menu features gourmet pizza, New York-style sandwiches, salads and coffee. The format is cafe style – order at the counter and someone brings out your food when ready.

Being that there is no wait staff and this is not a sit-down restaurant, I consider the pricing to be high. Smackwater Jack’s is similar to an overpriced Panera and I’d rather just eat at Panera. The sandwiches average $9, the salads are about $8 and go as high as $13. The pizzas average $15.

At Smackwater Jack’s, everything is a la carte. Also, Smackwater Jack’s doesn’t sell regular soft drinks, just bottled beverages. They also offer bottled Smart Water so be sure to specify tap water if that’s what you’re looking for because everything else is designer-style sodas and bottled waters.

I think Smackwater Jack’s might be a “dine once” kind of place. You might want to try it out because it’s new, but you’ll soon realize there are many other places where you can get the same style food for a much better deal. Still, I have to give kudos to the designers. Smackwater Jack’s looks fantastic.

Smackwater Jack’s
301 Walnut
Rochester, MI 48307
(248) 656-9100

Smackwater Jack’s Cafe Hours
Mon-Thu, Sun 10am-8pm
Fri-Sat 10am-9pm

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