Carolina Smokehouse is all about the comfort food
Posted December 6, 2011
Updated December 19, 2011
For Wake Forest restaurant owner Matt Naugle, it is all about comfort food.
"You are supposed to feel better leaving, then you did when you came in," Naugle said of his restaurant the Carolina Smokehouse Grill.
Naugle is no stranger to the restaurant industry. He owns The WatersView Restaurant, a steak and seafood staple along Lake Gaston. He said he wanted to venture into Wake Forest and North Raleigh because that is where he calls home.
His new restaurant, the Carolina Smokehouse Grill, 11216 Capital Blvd. in Wake Forest, is comfort food personified from iron-skilled mac and cheese to fall off the bone slow-smoked pork ribs.
Naugle said he wanted to design a place where people could socialize and enjoy the food, while not spending too much.
"We want people to feel warm and comfortable and not pretentious," he said. "And get great service but not have to pay the price for it."
Carolina Smokehouse Grill opened in October.
Most of the menu items come in under $10, with entrees running from $9 to $15. And portions are large.
Appetizers include sweet potato cornbread, served covered in maple syrup in an iron skillet, pimento cheese, fried green tomatoes and slow-smoked chicken wings. (In fact, a lot of things on the menu are slow-smoked – going along with their motto, "We'll smoke anything.")
Entrees include chopped barbecue, pork ribs, barbecue chicken and salmon. They also serve pan-seared trout and shrimp and grits. One of the more unique items is the skillet baked mac and cheese, which is tossed with broccoli and bacon and topped with sweet tomato relish and chicken or shrimp.
Side items include homemade mac and cheese, collard greens, cheesy bacon grits and baked beans.The only sides not made in house are the French fries.
And if you save room for dessert, they offer chocolate volcano cake, key lime pie, banana pudding and peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream.
If you think the food reminds you a little of The Pit in Raleigh, it might be because Carolina Smokehouse's sous chef is Darrol Amore, who spent two years at the Raleigh dining staple.
The Carolina Smokehouse Grill also has a full service bar.