I was fortunate enough to receive a dinner invite from Ms. H. Her father, one of my favorite grown-ups, is coming into town! I'll be in Virginia for the weekend so we made a 10:45 dinner reservation at Blue Smoke. I was really excited to try Blue Smoke, especially since the menu looked SO GOOD!
Ms. H and I arrived on time and unfortunately it was evident Mr. H wouldn't be arriving for some time. We decided we should order a couple of appetizers to get things going.
The Chipotle Chicken Wings were FANTASTIC! Seriously, I must say they even beat out the wings from a few weeks ago. Sorry PIC! They were juicy, drenched in spicy deliciousness and the perfect appetizer!
I was less than impressed with the Deviled Eggs. They were a little salty and while they had a little kick to them, it wasn't anything special.
After a short while, Mr. H arrived and BOY were we excited! It was great to see him after so long (and it meant we could finally order our entrees!)
I went with the Applewood-Smoked Organic Chicken with Mashed Potatoes. I skipped the Crispy Onion topping, just wasn't interested.
Sad to say but I was disappointed with the chicken. Maybe it's because the wings were so good. The chicken required too much work. It was dry-ish so I had to pour on the BBQ sauce. I don't go out to eat so I have to do the work. While they're BBQ sauce was better than the Kraft sauce I used last week, IMHO my chicken tasted better. There. I said it. The mashed potatoes were good, but again I'd go with my potato wedges anyway.
To wash away the disappointment, I ordered a Hot Fudge Brownie Sundae. Warm brownie with vanilla ice cream topped with hot fudge and whipped cream. Unfortunately, I didn't notice that the menu said it was served with toasted walnuts.
I mostly ate around them, but even if the walnuts weren't there, I don't think I would have enjoyed it that much. The brownie was good, but not great. I was happy it was served warm though. Few things as good as a warm brownie with cold ice cream. Mmm Mmm Mmmmmmm!
Apparently, it wasn't as good as the Banana Cream Pie that Mr. H and Ms. H shared.
Look at them diving in! They cleaned the plate.
Blue Smoke was good, but not great. Perhaps if I ate beef or pork I would have enjoyed it more. Ms. H loved her ribs and remarked on how great they tasted. Mr. H also looked satisfied with his Hamburger. As a poultry and fish girl, I was impressed that there were so many options on the menu. Chipotle Chicken was delicious the Smoked Chicken not so much. While not the best meal I've had, I would go back and I'd definitely recommend it for those with a wider range of protein options.