Had an early lunch at Blue Smoke today and my report is mixed.
I stared with "Jacky's Fry Bread with Chipotle Butter." I suppose this is as good as fry bread gets, but now I know that I am not a big fan of fry bread. The bread itself is a light a fluffy fried dough ball that tastes like it is made with shortening (as I believe is the traditional way to make fry bread). The chipotle butter is nice, but could be a bit more flavorful considering how flavorless the fried dough is. I figured out a few bites into the fry bread that using bbq sauce was a vast improvement over the chipotle butter.
Next was the Salt and Pepper Beef Ribs. These are just amazing, couldn't be better, and seem to have improved since last I ordered them. The meat is so tender and perfectly flavored. Next time I will have to order the full rack.
I ended the meal with the "Sticky Toffee Pudding with toffee sauce and creme fraiche." This was the BIG dissapointment of the meal. The "pudding" had the stal-bread consistency of gingerbread - not sure how this could be considered pudding. The toffee sauce was OK, but the "creme fraiche" was cool whip. I don't mean that it just tasted like cool whip (which it did), I think that it actually was cool whip.
So, two out of the three dishes were dissapointments, but the unbelievable Ribs made the meal worthwhile. Next time, I'm going to get a full rack of ribs and maybe an order of hush puppies (which I have tried before and are quite good).