eater.com – Ayesha Curry crushed the transition from basketball wife to celebrity lifestyle guru even before she opened International Smoke with chef Michael Mina. And now, she can add critically acclaimed restaurateur to her long list of accomplishments. The San Francisco barbecue restaurant is a known crowd pleaser, and the first official review is in. It’s practically glowing.
Restaurant critic Michael Bauer gave International Smoke three out of four stars in his San Francisco Chronicle review. He admits he was skeptical of the restaurant because it “seems to go against the grain of what makes San Francisco dining so special” and “plays upon the celebrity of a co-owner who is not a seasoned chef.” But, by the third visit, he writes, “I was a fan.”
Bauer appreciates the restaurant’s diversity, noting that it attracts “one of the most eclectic crowds,” including a mix of Mina acolytes, Ayesha Curry followers, and fans of her basketball player husband Steph Curry. And the food reflects this mix.
Bauer says the ribs “are some of the best I’ve had in the Bay Area,” while Curry’s cornbread muffins are also “some of the best,” thanks to their “bold flavor and refined texture not far removed from a coffee cake.” Kalua “instant bacon” (“steamed buns loaded with the smoky meat, pineapple salsa and teriyaki sauce”) is “one of [his] favorites.” In fact, there was just one disappointing dish among the lot — a Vietnamese barbecue pork chop.
Salute to Ayesha and her success! Besides her lil annoying eruption about the NBA cheating on twitter she’s A okay in my book. I also need to try those damn ribs, sounds like their delicious and #PSB approved.