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Friday's Gallery June 1, 2012

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Nik Searles serves up a cup of joe Thursday at the newest restaurant in Pine — the Pine Creek Smokehouse. The restaurant offers a variety of meats smoked on the premises daily.

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Pine smokehouse piques palates

The Rim Country has never been known for great barbecue. We have a popular Thai restaurant and a few good Mexican and Italian establishments, but taste buds were bereft of smoked meats. After the quick departure of MoJoe’s Grill in Payson, any resemblance of a smokehouse could not be found for miles, until the recent opening of the Pine Creek Smokehouse in Pine, 3885 N. Highway 87; (928) 476-6577. Tucked in a nondescript building in the center of Pine’s main drag, the restaurant is putting out surprisingly tasty hand-smoked meats. Evident from diners’ empty dishes, everything is amazing. Sharon and Gary Zimmerman, part-time Pine residents, said the shaved prime rib sandwiches were some of the best.

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