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"D" and I chose the latter.
I think what initially drew "D" and I to Smoke Daddy was the smell emanating from the front door: smoked meat. Before settling on Smoke Daddy, I asked for a menu at Prasino. For some reason, nothing really appealed to me, although, as I understand it, Prasino is a very popular restaurant. Next time, maybe.
What I ate:
1. Smoked Meat Platter (15.95 USD): Brisket, pork, cornbread, and collard greens. The pulled pork tasted fine as did the cornbread. I think there was a bit of jalapeño in the cornbread. I really liked the brisket, however, the BBQ sauce kind of killed a big part of it for me. You can see the lovely smoke ring in the brisket that demonstrates how well it was cooked.
What I enjoyed the most was the collard greens. They were hand torn and lightly sautéed with garlic. Finished with a squeeze of lemon, the greens were absolutely moreish. Now, this is how I would cook my collards, albeit, with a couple of changes: different knife cuts and the addition of lemon zest.
2. Lagunitas IPA (5 USD). I've always liked this particular IPA. It's well balanced on the palate with a noticeable fruity flavor. A pleasure from the tap.
Service was okay. There wasn't anything to really praise or criticize too harshly.
"D" had a platter of baby back ribs. He seemed to like his entrée except for the mac' n cheese side he ordered with it.
The Bill: For two, 54.77 USD.
My Rating: Eh, out of four stars (good). Open Sunday to Thursday, 11 AM to 11 PM, and Friday and Saturday, 11 AM to midnight. Credit cards accepted. www.thesmokedaddy.com
After lunch, I stopped by a Mexican restaurant at Division and Ashland for a taco. Not good :(
Last Word: Next up should be a recap of the past two to three months, which I've been working on forever! Hang in there with me! (I've said this before, haven't I?)
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