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The restaurant you miss the most is back.


The one-time popular burger joint, which first opened in Modesto in 1968, is back thanks to former owner Mike Nelson and his business partner Darryl Johnson. Nelson has owned a string of eateries over the past 30 years, most recently Mike’s Grillhouse and Mike’s Roadhouse.

Fourteen years after it flipped its last burger, Smoky’s has returned thanks to Nelson and Johnson’s 25-year friendship. Johnson, who has owned the successful Modesto business United Sign Systems for more than 20 years, had been thinking about trying his hand at the restaurant business.

Smoky’s Neighborhood Grill has a lot of the same menu as the original Smoky’s – burgers, sandwiches, soups, salads tri-tip and roast turkey. And it will have Rudy’s Chili Cheese Dog, a Smoky’s staple named after Nelson’s father.

The spot, which seats over a 100 people, is tailored to the clientele in the north Modesto area. It will serve breakfast and lunch with quick, quality items at reasonable prices.

In addition to our lunch fare, the menu will include from-scratch breakfast items and baked goods, as well as specialty Clayton's coffee drinks and hand-scooped shakes.



(209) 554-6999



501 Bangs Ave.
Modesto, CA 95356



Mon & Tues 7 am – 3 pm
Wed -Sat 7 am – 8 pm
Su Closed