Restaurant review: Smoke and Bones

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On a drizzly November day, we went to Smoke and Bones (on Marine Drive in North Vancouver, just west of Capilano Shopping Center).  This space was formerly occupied by the North Van edition of the Hurricane Grill.

The menu is a blend of pub fare and smoke house specialties
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We started with their Smokehouse Nachos

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This is a large platter of tortilla chips, topped with shredded jack and cheddar cheese, sprinkled with sliced jalapeno peppers, olives, black beans, roasted corn and scallions. It was accompanied by small cups of salsa, sour cream.

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This was a pretty good serving of nachos, but it was a bit more cheesy than I’d like.  I would suggest it was equal parts cheese and tortilla chips, which, while some would approve, is too much cheese for my liking.  That said, the chips were crisp.

We also ordered a platter of Smoked Brisket

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This is slow smoked, spice rubbed beef brisket, served with corn bread, potato salad, fries, coleslaw, whiskey barbecued beans.  Normally there would only be one starch in the serving, but when we waffled, the server suggested we do a half-and-half of the fries and the potato salad.

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This was a good brisket.  It had a nice pink smoke ring around the edges, and had subtly sweet and spicy.   The fries were hot, crisp and lightly spiced.  The potato salad was tender, laced with a creamy spicy mayonnaise dressing. The coleslaw was crisp and sharp from a vinegar based dressing.  And the corn bread was moist, sweet and tender (albeit served cold).    The baked beans were tender, and had a distinct whiskey flavor.

The service was pleasant and cheerful.

The room is airy and rustic, with alot of weathered wood finishes, and a wall filled with trophies and ribbons from their participation in barbecue competition.

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