Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Chop Shop Bar and Grill - Smithtown
Located on Main Street in the heart of Smithtown, Chop Shop is a casual, yet professional and classy ‘Bar and Grill’ providing EXCEPTIONAL service and cuisine to match!
You will definitely want to order an appetizer to start your meal. Unique, intriguing selections range from a Hand Rolled Cuban - crispy, pulled pork, alpine swiss, smoked ham, and dill pickle served with a mustard dipping sauce, to the Steamed PEI Mussels Casino sautéed with bacon, peppers, onion, and garlic. Alex and I opted for the Buffalo Chicken Spring Rolls - spicy pulled chicken, celery curls and blue cheese. In one word “PHENOMNEAL.” Major kudos to the chef! In fact, the spring rolls were so tasty it made me want to order another appetizer!
We opted for the fixed price menu (always a plus) and also took advantage of the Chop Shop’s Tuesday “Wine and Dime” night…. Purchase one glass of wine and get another other glass for just 10 cents! What a deal! Alex and I both ordered the White Sangria, which was delicious! They clearly allowed the fruit to soak for a proper amount of time.
I started with their Soup du Jour; a delightful New England Clam Chowder. Alex raved about his Chopped Garden Salad tossed with chickpeas, cucumbers, tomato and aged balsamic, virgin olive oil.
For his main course, Alex selected the Skirt Steak, which was marinated and grilled, and served with shiitake mushrooms, asparagus potato hash and topped with crispy shoestring onions. We both agreed this solid cut of meat was flavorfully prepared well. The crispy shoestring onions certainly didn’t hurt either! I ordered the grilled Free Range Chicken served with sautéed spinach, cioppolini onions and pan fried gnocchi served in a light marsala tasting type of sauce. It was superb!...Wonderful presentation all around to boot!
For dessert, we both ordered the Brownie Sundae (how could we not). The brownie was warm, soft and deliciously paired with black cherry ice cream (I opted for vanilla with mine – I’m boring, I know) and whipped cream too! Alex said the black cherry ice cream coupled with the brownie was simply magnificent.
Our waitress, Lisa, could not have been more friendly and efficient…. Truly specular service! Not to mention the manager thanked us for visiting on the way out and asked us about our experience. Alex and I HIGHLY recommend this Smithtown gem. The Chop Shop solidified a spot on our “favorites list” and is without a doubt worth 5 out of 5 Dinner Mints on our Dinner Mint Rating Scale.