Houston's settlers built their city on a barbecue bayou, and for decades their city sunk two feet a year into the smoky, tangy quagmire until they found a solution: drain the swamps of the sauce and slather it on their ribs. Eat your way out of a hungermire with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of barbecue brisket, ribs, and beer at Smoke't Southern Kitchen & Tap in Coral Gables.
The cuisine team at Smoke't Southern Kitchen & Tap prints a menu chock full of barbecue descriptions and a thirst-quenching arsenal of beer and wine. The kitcheneers cook the barbecue brisket for 18 hours to honor the flight duration of Apollo 11 ($15.75). A half rack of slow-roasted baby back Miami ribs ($15) makes a meaty companion for a 16-ounce Blue Moon ($7), 1 of 12 draft beers, while the dry-rubbed pulled pork, which is enveloped in a seasonings and spices and slow smoked ($15.50), companions a glass of Primaterra pinto grigio ($7), which, like the Ferrari and the Ferris Bueller's Day Off script, was imported from Italy.
A bounty of decorative barrels dot the interior at Smoke't, along with black bar stools and framed artwork. Light blue walls play catch with the photons emanating from hanging fixtures and wavelike curved ceilings, while the hardwood flooring elegantly supports shoes and games of basketball.
1450 S Dixie Hwy.
Coral Gables, Florida 33146Get Directions