Though hickory wood carving was once the dominant artistic medium in America, few masterworks survived the realization that those early sculptures could be used to smoke delicious stacks of ribs. Honor forgotten artists with today’s Groupon to The Prime Smokehouse. Choose from the following options:
- For $7, you get two tickets to a jazz dinner show (a $15 value), held from 9:00 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday nights. This option is not valid for monthly national shows.
- For $15, you get $30 worth of barbecue fare for two.
- For $30, you get $60 worth of barbecue fare for four
A ticket to the jazz show is required to dine on Friday and Saturday nights.
The Prime Smokehouse heaps plates with a menu of Texas-style barbecue cuisine that has won praise from the News & Observer, and serenades diners with weekend jazz music. Flutist extraordinaire Mike Gillispie plays on Saturday, August 13th; and on Friday, August 19th and Saturday, August 20th, the melodies of saxophonist Mike Acosta float above the M4B Jazz Band and sneak tastes of barbecue sauce while passing over tables. On Friday, August 26th, and Saturday, August 27th, neo-soul diva Donna Hidalgo connects with rapt audiences, who can order from the menu or sit and sip at a long bar lit with ember-hued lamps as they listen.
Those who opt to dine on the food of food as well as the food of love might start with a platter of golden crispy fish tacos with homemade dill tartar sauce, whose flour tortillas enfold the flaky fried catch of the day ($8.99). Chef Ed Wiley III and his staff hand-rub the smokehouse ribs and slow-cook them over hickory in a rare Smokey the Bear–approved forest fire before dousing the pile in sweet tangy sauce ($14.99). Entrées arrive with cornbread and a choice of two traditional sides, such as tender young collard greens spiked with smoked turkey and garlic or baked macaroni and cheese. Homemade sweet-potato pie ($4) turns its southern charm on diners with a flaky crust and a personal invitation to its debutante ball.