After enjoying a number of wonderful meals from the Smoke joint over the past 2 months or so, I'm starting to wonder whether all the "tinkering" they're said to be doing is making things worse. Their short ribs, mentioned specifically by Asimov(?) in his review a while back used to be sublime; 2 nights ago they consisted of 2 rather small dry, chewy pieces of meat, not the generous, succulent fall-off-the-bones offering just a few weeks ago. Ditto the hacked chicken. The beans, while never "great," were at least pleasant. Now I'd prefer a can of Bush's. I don't know what's going on with the sauces, but it's akin to russian roulette -- you're never quite sure what you're going to get. The only thing that's stayed fairly consistent (and good) is the greens. I don't eat pork, so I can't comment on the ribs.
Isn't it a little early for a restaurant to fall off so dramatically and so quickly? I REEAALLYY want these guys to do well, since it's a relatively short walk for me, but my meal on Sunday was disappointing.