SMOKE barbeque taqueria (225 E. 8th Avenue, Homestead) is a "BYOBooze" ($2.50 per person), cash only operation that is open every day of the week except Mondays. JTP and I ventured here on a Saturday night before going to see a movie (Savages if you must know), because we had heard/read great things and because we prefer locally owned eateries more than big box restaurants.
Upon entering to a tune of Sublime, we were able to grab two seats at the small bar without a wait (of course this was great considering that upon prolonged observation, SMOKE had a steady crowd blending in and ahhhht for the duration of our visit). We appreciated the atmosphere instantly. Although I think the word "eclectic" is overused, I would describe SMOKE's interior as being tastefully eclectic, yet functionally hip. The variety of furniture, the clean lines of the wooden bar, and the muted green walls are peppered with unique lighting fixtures and items that appear to be "original' (like the fantastic screen door* at the entrance/exit).
|Our spot at the bar featuring SMOKE's lamp and our homemade mead (a wedding present).|
|A glimpse upward.|
|I'm totally digging the fork and spoon.|
|Jalapeno Apple Slaw|
As for concluding thoughts, we believe that SMOKE is a great place to dine before heading to The Waterfront for a movie; and also, we feel that it would be a great option for a first date. The service was friendly and helpful and welcoming. They know their "stuff" and they know that they've got a good thing going on dahn in Homestead. Without a doubt, we will be returning, most likely armed with Boyd & Blair vodka to mix with the Blood Orange San Pellegrino and/or one of the many "Fresh Drinks" (made with organic sugar) on the menu!
(4 stars, 4/4)
*No, I am not talking about illegal substances from May-hee-co. Coca-Cola has many different formulas for its beverages, and in this instance, SMOKE serves the Mexican version. The main difference is that it's made with real sugar, rather than high-fructose corn garbage.
**I have an eye for antique screen doors, which is yet another quirk of mine.