Monday, February 14, 2011

Crave o'clock

Last week’s Top Chef made me hungry. To be fair, every week’s Top Chef makes me hungry. This episode made me crave BBQ.  I’m not normally drawn to Angelo’s food (probably because he can be such a double-o doosh sometimesrare for a Bravo show, I know), but that pulled pork sandwich said one thing to me, “Go eat a pulled pork sandwich.” My stomach reacted so positively to Angelo’s creation that the very next day, my quest for a pulled pork sandwich began.  I asked around at my office re:PPSs and one answer came from the Northsiders: Smoke Daddy. Even a vegetarian coworker agreed. I mean, if you can’t trust a vegetarian about BBQ, who can you trust?

Armed with my longing and my recommendation, I left work Thursday and braved the North-going traffic to Division. A bar by day and night, Smoke Daddy is dark and cozy.  The menu is limited, but it includes all the right stuff. Well, everything you need to BBQ your face off, at least.  Allagash white on draft doesn’t hurt my review, either.
Alex, the “aaahmbugaah” fiend that he is, baconcheddar-cheeseburgered it up (hey girl, half-off burgers on Thursday), while I kept my eye firmly on the prize. Pulled pork sandwich with sweet potato fries, please. Oh, and I’ll have that Carolina style. (Don’t let my hip new lingo intimidate you. BBQ pro here, just asking for coleslaw.)
I remember it like it was yesterday—maybe that’s because it happened last week—my first bite was spicy, sweet, and tender, with cool crunch from the coleslaw. That Smoke Daddy sure can pull pork. Each bite took me deeper into the porkbelly of the beastwich, the sticky sauce coating my cheeks. I was the BBQ version of Health Ledger’s Joker. Do you want to know how I got these scars?
Let's talk about the cookie. You know the cookie I’m talking about: the dish of hot, gooey, chocolate-chipped dough, melting a single scoop of vanilla. That cookie. Oh yes, it was perfection.

Lesson of the week: mid-winter BBQ hits the spot. 

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  1. That cookie sure looks good. I may or may not have to go get a gooey chocolate chip cookie tomorrow.

  2. YUM!, says the vegetarian. ENOUGH SAID.

  3. I love Carolina style (which is also quite popular and makes you look like a native in Southern Maryland and the more rural sections of Virginia). Perhaps you don't want to look like a native in either place but...I'm here to say it's not that bad.