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Headed to Blue Smoke, What Do You Recommend?

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Having dinner there next week and I'd like to get some recommendations for appetizer, entree and dessert. Beverage, too, for a non-drinker. Thanks.

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  1. Recently went there and we shared a variety of things. The chicken wings w/ blue cheese dip is a good starter. We also tried the pulled pork sandwich (overrated), the Blue Smoke burger (big and smoky), the Rib Sampler and Rhapsody in 'Cue - which is the best way to go. Let's you try a bit of everything, but you'll forget what's what and just start devouring. Mac + cheese is fine, and remember to get some of that sticky toffee pudding.

    Big downside of the night was the undeniably weird waiter we had. He acted like he was on some strong medication, but from what I've heard, service is usually very friendly.

    1. Apps: chicken wings and devilled eggs

      Mains: Salt n pepper beef ribs are great, rib sampler if you want to try a little of everything, or the other sampler (name?) that includes pulled pork. If you go Monday, the suckling pig daily special.

      Dessert: If you eat alot (its hard not to there) have the key lime pie. I always eat alot, so I always get the KLP... so I can't say about other desserts.

      Non-Alcoholic drinks: I can't help you there. The house special cocktails show creativity and respect for ingredients and details, so you might have luck asking the bartender to make something up for you.

      Only caveat: there are no free bar munchies provided, so if you spend time waiting for your party to gather at the bar, be prepared to pay for chips and peanuts or wait it out.

      1. The best things there are the chicken wings, the Texas beef ribs and the burger. All are excellent. For sides, the mac and cheese is the best. I've never had dessert there as I'm always too stuffed, so I can't help you out there.

        1. the bbq potato chips with the blue cheese dip and the mac & cheese are must haves.

          1. Chicken wings, sweet potatoe fries, fried chicken, beef salt ribs, memphis ribs

            1. Surprisingly, even their salmon came out perfect. I also vote for the beef ribs and chocolate cake.

              1. I have never had anything bad there, but I must put in a "ditto" for their chips and blue cheese dip as well as the chocolate cake (served w/an ice cold glass of whole milk). And the fry bread is outrageous. I usually get the Memphis ribs and they're always tasty. Have fun!

                1. Non-alcoholic drink: the Fitz's Root Beer. Mr. Meyer has it shipped in from St. Louis, and it is a wonderful treat for me (I miss it so much and I usually drink at least two when I'm at Blue Smoke...yum.)

                  1. I've been once and had the rib sampler, which lets you try all three types of ribs. The homemade potato chips are great. The sweet potato fries are good, but they are not really fries, more like wedges of baked sweet potatoes.

                    Enjoy!

                    1. The rib sampler is a great move as an appetizer is a great move, though if you have to commit to one type then go with their Texas style (salt and pepper). Depending on the day they can be too dry, but if done right they are fantastic.

                      The hush puppies are a great side, definitely go with those!

                      1. Start with the devilled eggs and the sausage sampler. Get some fried bread too.

                        1. Nobody's mentioned the brisket! Lean or marbled, it's great. (Note: I thought I hated brisket before I had it at Blue Smoke. That's not to say that it's the world's best or anything, but excellent nonetheless.)

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                          1. re: jakew8

                            Recently had the marbled brisket. It was fine but not out of this world. I wouldn't get it again. Understand that I prefer it fatter and juicier. I grew up in a difference world re brisket.

                          2. The salt and pepper beef ribs are phenomenal.

                            1. I always go for the rib sampler. Last time I went their they had a fried soft-shell crab sandwich and it was GOOD~! Highly recommend it, though it may be out of the season now.

                              1. St. Louis ribs are my favorite, also great fries and mac and cheese. never had the burger, but its supposed to be very good.

                                the chocolate cake is extremely good, and i don't usually indulge in sweets - but this cake is worth it. the frosting has sour cream in it, i think, which makes it very nice and tangy. oh, i don't want to think about that place, i am getting too hungry