on April 1, 2012
My husband and I went here for a date night recently. We weren’t really sure what to expect, as we hadn’t been here before and usually prefer locally-owned venues.To begin, the food was delicious! For an appetizer, we ordered the Southwest Spring Rolls – crispy, flavorful, and plenty of garnish (avocado ranch sauce, sour cream, salsa, etc). For main entrees, we both chose from the Smokehouse menu. Now, my husband is really picky about his barbeque, having lived in the south. He had the Hickory Smoked Duo Combo (with ribs and pulled pork) and LOVED IT. He said the ribs had a nice hickory flavor (as advertised) and were perfectly tender. I had The Texan, a pulled pork barbeque sandwich with crispy jalepenos and crispy onions – mouth-wateringly delicious! We both had cole slaw and beans as sides, and both were above-average quality (they certainly disappeared from the table quickly!). We shared three of the "bites" for dessert – they were okay, but we should have followed our waitress’ advice and gotten the fresh apple cobbler – the couple next to us seemed to really enjoy theirs. I was afraid the prices would be jacked up for the "ambiance" factor, but everything was really reasonable.Adding to our pleasant experience, the service was excellent – attentive but not too pushy (especially for a corporate chain restaurant!). Our waitress made great recommendations, and the one time we ignored her we wished we hadn’t (she recommended the cobbler for dessert).I was worried the atmosphere would be too loud to have a conversation, but was surprised to find a mix of great music loud enough to appreciate but not so loud we couldn’t hear each other. We even found ourselves singing along at some points. We took a walk around after eating and the concert venue is nicely set up – intimate (400-500 people) with some great memorabilia and an interesting history to the site. I’d definitely be interested in going back to see some of the acts they book.Overall, this was a great experience! We would definitely go back again.
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