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Jul 26, 2009 04:49 PM

Smoked Foods Restaurant (Not BBQ!)

There are lots of great barbecue restaurants that have smoked ribs, brisket, etc. And there are some restaurants that have a smoked item or two on their menu. But is there a restaurant anywhere that specializes in fine smoked foods with a sophisticated preparation? I'm talking about a restaurant where all or almost all of the main ingredients (fish or meat) are smoked, and is accompanied by a nice sauce or other elegant preparation. Does such a restaurant exist? I love using my smoker to make very nice meals, not just bbq and beer (although I love that too). It would seem like a great idea for a restaurant.

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  1. I don't think it is a smoking good idea. Lots of folks really don't like smokey flavor (DW is among them). I think having a smoker to use for some items is wonderful, but 100% cooking with it would be to much.

    1. there's a place in the St. Pete/Clearwater area of Florida called Ted Peter's Famous Smoked Fish Restaurant that specializes in several different types of smoked fish. it was featured on an episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives on the Food Network. it looked amazing!

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      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        It is fantastic! I've been eating there since I was one year old. and it remains one of my favorites ever. But while I find it elegant in it's simplicity, I'm not sure if it has the sophistication the OP mentioned. It is a simple, mainly open air place where many patrons are dressed for their day at the beach or boating.

        My SO has never spent much time in Fl. so this was a must visit on our first trip down there together. We didn't say a word during our meal - we were equally riveted between the sublime flavor and eavesdropping on three commercial fishermen sharing fishing stories at the table next to us!

      2. I would probably go there. I (partly) blame my meat-free lifestyle for my love of all things smoked, but I DO love it , from cheese to salt. I've had smoked beer and I love it. Maybe with some smokehouse nuts.

        I think if it combo'ed the bbq idea with smoking in general (fish etc ), it'd fly somewhere.

        1. Etxebarri, in Spain, would be your destination, then.

          You should just google it -- it seems that there's an article on it in every other food magazine I read.

          Plaza San Juan 1 Atxondo Vizcaya

          1. I'd go there. I love smoked anything: meat, fish, cheese, even fruit and vegetables.