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Blue Smoke

Jim in Maplewood | Mar 21, 2002 12:27 PM

Hey folks - nice to meet you. I'm new to the board - just heard Jim Leff on WNYC this AM - but expect to be a regular in these parts.

I also had dinner at Blue Smoke on Tuesday - their opening night. Liked it quite a lot, although, as others have posted there are still some bugs to work out. I had the "rhapsody" combo ... the brisket on my plate was actually very moist and nice - best thing on the plate. Beef ribs were also very nice ... pork was a bit on the dry side though. Starters were fantastic - I LOVED the fry bread and my wife started with a simple wedge of iceberg with the roquefort and bacon dressing which she loved.

Sides were a mixed bag - bbq potato chips hadn't been sufficiently drained ... sizable puddle of grease in the bottom of the dish ... beans were good but flavour was a bit overwhelmed by the jalapenjo. Creamed spinach was OUTSTANDING.

Have to say I disagree with the person who thought price/value ratio was out of wack ... we paid under $70 for our dinner, including beer, ate until we were stuffed, and had plenty to take home for wednesday lunch. Is it pricy? Maybe if you're comparing it to strip-mall bbq, but for a Meyer restaurant, and all that includes - a great drink list, a gorgeous room, and knowledgeable and passionate service - I have no complaints at all. They've got some bugs to work out (like the fire alarm that went off a couple of times) but ones they find their groove, it's going to be great. I'll be back with friends in a couple weeks so will post my thoughts again then.

Incidentally, for those who keep track of celebs, Daniel Boulud was apparently celebrating his birthday at the next table.
J.

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