We would love to have the Smoke + Cedar be a perfect restaurant. And it is getting there. It's a great location and with the connection to the Pacific Grill, we thought it be a shoe-in for fine dining . . . but it's not. We still like it, however, even when the don't serve standard maraschino cherries in their Shirley Temples. They use overly-sweet gourmet cherries instead.
We've been eating a lot of steelhead lately. Peg does such a good job with that lovely fish and Pacific Grill has a wonderful steelhead appetizer, that we sometimes forget how wonderful salmon is. Peg loved her fillet, but will next time ask not to have the seasoned butter included. It came atop the salmon. Salmon has a delicate taste and the seasoned butter fought back for dominance.
The carrots were excellent, they wound up on my plate. The fingerling potatoes seem to be a thrend, but we can't understand the reasoning behind it. They don't usually add any special taste. The just get left on our plates, unless we are really hungry . . . and we have lots of butter.
I ordered their Dirty Fries with Sawmill Gravy as a side. The Kennebeck fries that come with the hamburger didn't sound that good to me, but they did to Peg. I must be speaking low lately, but because the Dirty Fries were served late and without the gravy. I had a bowl of the gravy brought to our table. The fries were mixed with jalapeños (both deep fried and fresh), garlic pieces, and bits of pork belly.
We took the left over gravy and the left over rosemary bread home. My breakfast the next morning was a leftover piece of hamburger patty, sawmill gravy, and toasted rosemary bread.
I had the "Secret Burger." I passed on the 12oz ribeye steak, in favor of the burger made with 8oz local beef + shiitake, “dutch crunch” bun, house-made bacon, jarlsberg cheese, pickled red onion, hamburger relish, iceberg, “secret” sauce, kennebec fries + smoked ketchup. The heighth of the burger was six or seven inches. I don't know what to do with a sandwich that stands the high. I gave Peg a piece of the bacon, I ate another piece, removed most of the onions, and then cut the burger in two, so I could press it down into a more manageble size. I loved the sweet pickle slices. Peg had a bite or two of the half-burger. Half the patty and the gravy from the dirty fries came home for breakfast.
We worked on both the Kennebec fries (thick cut) and the dirty fries (skinny ones). Both were good with the ketchup, but the skinny potatoes came with sprigs of rosemary, so more of them were consummed.
Peg ordered the raspberry and peach cobler. It had a nice cruch, felt fresh, and wasn't too sweet. It's one of our favorite desserts at Smoke + Cedar. The Olympic Ice Cream with caramel drizzled across it was excellent.
Although it took several reminders and trips from the kitchen we got everything we wanted. The food was good as was the service. It was a beautiful afternoon. We enjoy sitting inside at a window seat, so we can watch the golfers, the geese, the crows, and the trees. We will keep returning.