Why Collingswood is smokin' as a restaurant town

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As a matter of fact, the steer head is a fountain.

Opening Tuesday, Nov. 1: Little Louie’s BBQ (505 Haddon Ave., Collingswood), a Southwest retro-style setting for chef Gerald Dougherty, who’s trading on his love of barbecue and his white-tablecloth experience (Founders at the Bellevue, Bogart’s in the Latham Hotel, the Moshulu). It’s the former Prime 505.

Little Louie’s, named after a fictional dachshund, features a $6 roasted rotisserie chicken to-go and meats and chicken representing North Carolina, Kansas City, Memphis, and Texas. It’s not strictly ribs, pork and the like. Dougherty also offers smoked duck, BBQ spaghetti, salmon, and “Breakfast Anytime,” a plate of hickory-smoked ham in maple syrup with eggs, fries, and Texas toast.

All this, and oldtime western flicks on the 70-inch TV, too. Leslie John Koeser of Koeser Designs did the interior, and Andrew Warner Landscaping put out old wagon wheels, faux cactus, barrels topped with a steer head skull. Hours are noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and noon to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Menu is here.

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