Sam Smith is officially on the mend and enjoying life after recovering from vocal cord surgery.
The “Stay with Me” crooner returned to Boston on Tuesday for a checkup at the Massachusetts General Hospital Voice Center, where he received a good bill of health after undergoing microsurgery on his throat back in May.
“So just want to keep everyone in the loop; I have been in Boston the last few days to have a check up on my throat, before I embark on my American tour. MY THROAT IS LOOKING BLOODY FANTASTIC,” Smith wrote on Instagram. “So it’s amazing news. So happy. It’s going to be a really tough month of shows but I can’t wait to see you all, and pray it’s going to be a smooth ride. LET’S GO.”
Sounding healthy and able to speak clearly, Smith celebrated by spending the day sightseeing in Boston and on Cape Ann with his father, Fred. Sam made another visit to his favorite local restaurant, My Place by the Sea in scenic Rockport, Massachusetts, where he dined with his driver, Martin, and his father on pan-roasted cod and a special signature lobster taco presented by chef/co-owner Kathy Milbury. Milbury says the last time Smith was in, he asked for a diet-friendly meal that was so popular, they put it on the menu.
“The last time he was here five weeks ago he wanted something without any carbs. He’s not eating any carbs,” Milbury told PEOPLE. “He wanted something with shrimp.”
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After Smith raved about the barbecued shrimp and roasted peppers on Instagram last time he was in town, the restaurant put it on the menu as “Sam Smith’s World Famous Shrimp,” which he was presented with during Tuesday’s visit.
“He cracked up,” said Milbury, who received a big bear hug from Smith. “I just wanted to send a little something out. He was very soft-spoken, but he is the most polite, low-key, the type of superstar you really appreciate. Very gentlemanly. His father was a sweetheart. Just a pleasure to have around.”
After lunch, Smith headed down the street to the studio of artist David Arsenault in Bearskin Neck, where he purchased multiple framed canvas giclée paintings, including a piece named Souler Energy, which features a woman reclining in an Adirondack chair. Arsenault snapped a photo with Smith and posted it on Facebook, saying that Smith “really demonstrated himself to be a great guy.”
Smith and his father also spent time in the heart of the city, touring the historic Boston neighborhood of Beacon Hill. The duo visited the picturesque Acorn Street, known as one of the most frequently photographed streets in the U.S. They also popped by gift shop Black Ink before grabbing a pizza at Todd English’s Figs on Charles Street.