The Plate: Five wings

The Place: Smoke BBQ Boca Raton, 555 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton; 430-3348 or www.eatbbqnow.com.

The Price: $5.99

The Skinny: It was rainy, and every side street in Boca Raton seemingly was underwater.

And I was feeling a bit peckish — hungry, but not starved. Then I remembered that Smoke BBQ had opened an outpost across from Mizner Park, so I decided to get something to nibble.

The order of five wings was a perfect snack. The meaty chicken was smoked until pink, then flash-fried until crisp on the outside, complete with a savory rub that complemented the smokiness of the meat. Good, if not good for you, and that crispy skin was amazing.

And the jalapeño cilantro potato salad ($2.50) I ordered on the side was creamy, with just the right amount of kick from the peppers.
It’s counter service here, so we won’t call it fine dining; just good eating — very good eating.

—Scott Simmons

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