Southern Fast Food Series #3: Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q
More than 30 locations throughout North Carolina
This location: 3578 Davis Drive, Morrisville, NC
Boxes of Chicken: $6.99-$22.99
Platters (2 sides and hushpuppies): $5.89-$6.99
Snacks (Fries): $4.49-5.29
Smithfield’s, obviously getting their start in Smithfield, NC, is a North Carolina chain that focuses on fried chicken and Eastern NC-style barbecue (read: vinegary). They sell their barbecue sauce and hush puppy batter in bulk at the counter. Strangely, the sides were not listed on their posted menu, which would have been helpful when I was asked if I wanted the standard ones or not (brunswick stew, coleslaw, potato salad, fries, and baked beans are the options for your reference). In addition to fried chicken and pork barbecue, they have a seafood section that consists of . . . shrimp. Not sure why it wasn’t called the shrimp section but who am I to question such things? Banana pudding and pecan pie are also available if you have a sweet tooth.
The dining area is very large and very clean, with a staff member always at hand to take your trash, bring you a refill, or anything else you need. There’s also a sink to the right of the counter to encourage you to wash your hands before and after you finish your meal.
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Skyy Key Lime Pie Martini
8030 Renaissance Parkway #905
The Streets at Southpoint, Durham
Made with Skyy Vodka, this drink is a good addition to my list of key lime pie martinis in the area. The lime flavor was sweet and mellow, though I wouldn’t have minded some more tartness. It was frothed up with milk, poured in a martini glass that was rimmed with delicious graham cracker crumbs, and then dusted with nutmeg and cinnamon. Though it wouldn’t have been as pretty, I’d have liked the spices shaken up with the drink rather than sprinkled on top, so they didn’t clump at the bottom, as is so often the case when spices are used in cocktail. Otherwise, though, delish!
Reviewed by the Gourmez 1.17.10.
4853 NC Highway 55
Intersection of highways 55 and 54, Durham
Lunch Entrees: $7-13, $1 more for Dinner
Jamaica Jamaica is a small, cafeteria-style restaurant that focuses, as evidenced by its name, on Jamaican specialties. Vibrant paintings hang on the walls, which gives the two seating rooms some character. Lively, island radio plays over the speakers.
Jamaica Jamaica has a large menu, but I think that it’s not all available at all times. I was unable to order a jerk chicken or fish sandwich that comes on Coco bread, either because they could only serve from the platters at the time I went (2:30 PM) or they were out of the bread. Offerings include oxtail stew, Caribbean or curry shrimp, curry chicken, jerk chicken, jerk fish, and a number of different sides as well as salads and the MIA sandwiches. It would be easy for a vegetarian to find options. The Jamaican-style sodas are definitely a reason to come out, even if you are only thirsty. I had a ginger beer soda, which one of my Jamaican friends raves about.
This is nothing like ginger ale, for those of you who haven’t had a true ginger soda. It’s so full of fiery ginger flavor that I could only drink half of it, but my tongue loved the adventure while it lasted.
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