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Blue Smoke (via Jazz Standard)

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Blue Smoke (via Jazz Standard)

Skillet Licker | Apr 3, 2006 01:10 AM

Can't comment on the 'mosphere or service because we dined downstairs at the Jazz Standard. Same food though.

We tried the Rhapsody in 'Cue sampler which included pulled pork (insipid), smoked chicken (amazingly crisp skin; moist and delectable interior), St. Louis Spareribs (way too "porky" for my taste), and Hot Link (snappy and fantastic). Our other entree was fried chicken which boasted a full-battered crunch and flavorful meat, but was otherwise forgettable.

Sides were mashed potatos: a huge portion, dense and flavorful, and not, thankfully, the hyper-whipped, aerated, and butterized version common at most restaurants. Braised collard greens with bacon, blessedly low on vinegar was, unquestionably, the best I've ever had anywhere.

Coffee was a bitter mess. But the ice-cold Key Lime Pie with Graham Cracker crust was superlative, almost like a Key Lime ice cream, but rich in lime and thankfully light on sugar.

Although I'm not likely to ever go to Blue Smoke proper, I look forward to returning to Jazz Standard (the only music venue in town, besides maybe Joe's Pub, that's associated with a real kitchen).

Next time it'll be the sausage sampler, with collards, mashed, and mac n' cheese. And of course the GREAT Key Lime.

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