Chef Monica Carvajal-Beben (Mo) literally grew up in the restaurant atmosphere. Following in the footsteps of her grandmother who owned a pie shop in Oklahoma for many years, her mother opened a diner when she was just 5 years old. Mo spent much of her youth serving tables and helping where she could in the kitchen. Never feeling more at home than she does in a restaurant, thirty years later she still spends most of her days in the kitchen duplicating and recreating the recipes from her youth.
Through college study abroad programs Mo expanded her study of the connection between food and culture in travels through England, Ireland, Scotland, Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Mexico. After meeting her husband, Tom, in college in South Carolina, the new couple spent the next several years exploring the culinary craft of the Carolina low country and Southern United States before moving to the west coast.
Mo received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Coker College in 2003. Her professional restaurant experience includes work in casual, fine dining establishments and high profile catering companies in Oklahoma, South Carolina and Los Angeles. She rounded out her food and beverage training in hotel event management in Charleston, South Carolina in 2005.
Smokin Mo's LLC is
Monica Carvajal-Beben & Thomas Beben and Drew MacEwen
on the corner of Railroad Avenue
& 2nd Street in Historic Downtown
Shelton across from the Tollie train!
Located in the historic 1915 State Bank of Shelton building, we are proud to share traditional Carolina Style Smoked BBQ and cherished family recipes from our southern upbringing. Enjoy a meal with your family in the original lobby of the historic building which now serves as our main dining room. Smoking Mo's also features two bars, an intimate beer tasting room downstairs called The Palmetto Room and our Shucked Up Oyster Bar upstairs is open Tuesday-Friday at 3pm and Noon on Saturdays.
Stop in to see what's new on our rotating beer taps, featuring an impressive array of craft beers. We offer full bar service featuring fresh squeezed fruit juices. Join us for Happy Hour Specials Tues-Fri 3-6pm.
We proudly support small businesses in our community. Enjoy Fresh Oysters from Hama Hama Oyster Co., fresh ground coffee from our friends at Urraco Coffee Co., and delicious Ice Cream from Olympic Mountain Ice Cream.