Pepper Smash – Come for the Cocktails, Stay for the Food
When it comes to one-of-a-kind cocktails, Pepper Smash is leading the pack with the most original concoctions north of Dallas. Using everything from liquid nitrogen to smoke, there’s bound to be something for the fancy drinkers to the simplistic. One in particular had been on my list for months, the Cotton Candy Martini. I had seen pictures and heard other people describe it but until I experienced it myself I wasn’t sure I could believe the hype! I am pleased to announce I wasn’t disappointed. Cotton candy, made in house, fills a glass while a martini shaker pours a mixture of citrus vodka, lemon juice, vanilla syrup, and champagne until there is a perfectly pink, just the right amount of sweet, cocktail ready to be enjoyed.
Of course there is a signature Pepper Smash drink! With a name like that how could there not be? Tito’s Vodka, basil, red bell pepper, jalapeno, and onions all soaked in 100 proof vodka, with agave and lime juice, this is not for the casual cocktail connoisseur! It not only packs a punch with the spiciness but will sneak up on you upon standing! You will definitely feel this one!
When I first saw the Pimento Cheese on the menu I had flashbacks to when I was a child and my mom used to buy that orange cheese spread. Let me assure you this is far from the opposite of that! A Pepper Smash favorite, this cheese blend is created in house and topped with an incredible bacon jam made on site. Served warm with freshly grilled sourdough bread, this sharable appetizer will have your eyes rolling back in wonderment! Yes, it’s that good!
Pepper Smash has a staff favorite and a fun twist with their Shrimp and Grits Spoonbread. The grits are actually pressed together like a tiny loaf of bread with street style jalapeno corn, chili, feta, and scallions with skewered, grilled shrimp placed on top. There is quite a kick of spice on this dish so consider yourself warned!
Keeping with the theme of this evening and the unconventional dishes, I wasn’t sure what to expect for dessert. When the Fried P.B.J. was brought to the table I was in awe! Fried in a funnel cake type batter, covered in chocolate syrup, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and dusted with powdered sugar this defiantly ended my visit on a high note!
***Full Disclosure: I received dinner in exchange for my review. All opinions in this post are mine.