Review of mrs. SmokeyS Real Pit Bar-B-Q in West Palm Beach, Florida
One of our favorite food flavors is a sweet savory barbecue sauce rich with spices and an aroma that makes you kick up your heels. On our last date night outing, my hubby and I found a great little get away tucked away on the corner of a busy intersection in the quaint town of Lake Park, Florida. Our entire dining experience here was exciting from beginning to end.
The smallness of the restaurant only adds to the matchless ambiance of the bistro and the western decor speaks to the cowboy spirit within. The rich red wall color and the rustic furniture highlight the barbecue theme, and there is even a working wash barrel for washing saucy hands afterwards.
The service is outstanding. After we placed our order at the counter, we were served our meals within minutes. And the meal was hot, fresh and of quality! The service was excellent and we were served by the owner, Elisa Caplan, herself who wanted to ensure we had a great visit to the eatery. Elisa shared how the sauce is a well kept secret but that she uses only fresh ingredients in her home made product. The meat is also prepared with care and smoked for added flavor.
What we found especially delightful were the fried biscuits served with every meal. I just can't express how much the light, fluffy, browned biscuits met all our expectations of home made bread. We were told customers ask for extras on these and come from miles around to enjoy them with a meal or as an individual portion.
Meet The Owners
Sharing A Little History On mrs. Smokeys
Elisa Caplan's origins are from New York where she operated a barbecue restaurant in 1979. Her creative talents motivated her inspiration in opening a unique barbecue eatery popular with those who favored western cuisine. After several years, she relocated to Florida where she opened a restaurant in Broward county. Being a person of optimism and foresight, she decided to close this location in 2005 to pursue other avenues in business. The current West Palm Beach eatery was opened in late 2011 and is a popular stop with many local patrons.
Elisa's husband, Scott, also helps prepare the wonderful slow-cooked barbecue meats, sauces, home made pies, lemonade and side dishes. Scott's talents as a former executive chef at a famous Palm Beach restaurant shows in the presentation and quality of the food served.
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As mentioned previously, the decor is western in design and quite unique. We enjoyed browsing the mounted artifacts, especially those of gunslinger and sheriff, Bat Masterson. The small pearl-handled pistol and deck of cards were encased in a glass box on display in the dining area. Seeing this famous lawman's personal belongings and reading articles about his background was quite interesting. Bat was known to be a man of steady nerve and coolness when facing danger and confronting outlaws. He also made a living as a gambler, but that is a only a shadow to his admirable traits as a lawman. When you go, make sure you catch this display before leaving the restaurant.
The eatery also offers curbside or drive through service for those who desire the convenience of ordering hot food on-the-run. There is also an outdoor picnic table area if one enjoys the florida sunshine and fresh air dining environment. While we were there we saw several take-out orders proving the food is highly popular with the after work crowd.
Lastly, the restaurant caters a full menu and can be customized for events, even on-site if needed. Planning ahead is suggested for better service and availability. You can contact mrs. Smokeys by phone or through their website at www.mrssmokeys.com.
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Some people say that the origins of barbecue come from the Caribbean islands where meats were cooked over an open fire or in earthen pits. Others claim its introduction originates with the French who coined the phrase barbe a queue meaning from head to tail.
Regardless of its origin, barbecue is a slow cooked process over a direct high heat source or open flame. The variety of wood used to enhance the flavor ranges from oak, hickory, pecan, apple, and mesquite. The equipment used at home varies from hibachis, gas grills, and electric or charcoal smokers. I have to say that some of the best barbecue I have tasted was cooked in a pit dug into the ground, covered with wood and leaves, and left to smoke for almost a full day.
The cuts of meat used are larger sizes of pork, ribs, briskets and beef. The smoking method produces a moist and tender meat which falls apart upon serving. Adding a rub only increase the succulent juices and inimitable essence of the barbecue sauce used.
Today the southern and western states predominantly serve barbecue, but its popularity is known and appreciated in most of the United States.