Smoke

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After the craziness of the past few weeks, it was glorious to have a weekend at home! The weather was perfect all three days.

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On Friday, I took a long walk and ended up at LOFT, where I scored a pair of black shorts 40% off. Matt and I made a pizza and drank wine and sat on the couch all night. That was lovely.

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On Saturday, we randomly invited some friends over for drinks on our deck. We were itching for something fun to do outside and I recently got a new outdoor rug and pillows that make our outdoor space more inviting. We drank prosecco and our friends brought over a cookie cake and we talked for a couple of hours. Long, lazy afternoons are the best. Once our friends left, Matt and I made the last minute decision to have dinner at Smoke.

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Smoke is fancier than your average bbq restaurant but has a laid back, funky vibe. I ordered a fantastic glass of Tempranillo from Spain, and then we shared two small plates – the fire roasted oysters with chorizo and salsa,

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and this corn pouch (similar to a tamale) that was filled with roasted goat and topped with green apple salsa verde. I’ll admit that I was hesitant about this dish, but our waiter recommended it as a popular staple, and it was wonderful.

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Matt and I shared one big entree – the coffee cured beef brisket, and ordered braised broccolini on the side. Under the two strips of beef, there was a pile of shredded brisket that was fabulous! The broccolini was also amazing and possibly my favorite item of the night.

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We ended with a goat cheese brownie with pecan brittle and fig ice cream. I’m not a brownie person per se, but our waiter promised this guy would be gooey. He was right – I think the addition of goat cheese made it extra fudge-y.

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The weekend ended with a run along White Rock Lake, a crock pot mole chicken dinner, and a Duke win.

  • Connie
    May 14, 2015 at 12:24 am

    I love SMOKE! Spend a special weekend at the Belmont. So fun!

    • Laura
      June 8, 2015 at 10:34 am

      I keep hearing about the Belmont – it looks neat!