Smoke is a meat lover’s dream. They make practically everything themselves. Take the Bloody Mary…
They pickle the vegetables they use for garnish. They make their own roasted tomato and chile mix. The drink is super flavorful. The waiter said spicy, but I didn’t think it was hot-spicy. Just good. Although it seems funny to pay $10 for a drink and $15 for a steak and egg breakfast, that’s exactly what we did.
Hanger steak, sliced and served over a fluffy biscuit topped with peppercorn gravy. A huge pile of scrambled eggs, though you could have yours fried, if you want. Frankly, I didn’t even eat more than a bite of my eggs. They were good, but there was so much on the plate that was better and I knew I couldn’t eat it all. Potato cakes made with goat cheese were a little overdone. Still a nice starch to accompany the meat. A broiled tomato and and a couple of spears of asparagus made it a really nice plate. The steak was cooked perfectly. But, we still couldn’t resist a couple of sides…
They call the bacon “thick cut pork belly bacon”. Which seems a little funny because all bacon is pork belly. Who cares what they call it. It’s amazing. Looks like it’s a little crunchy, doesn’t it? It’s really not. It’s firm enough, but nice and chewy and meaty. The “artisanal style pork ham” has just a touch of sweetness and is pleasantly moist. Love it. Both these meats are cured and smoked in-house. Out back, you can see the huge smoker on the patio and firewood is abundant. These side dishes are a deal at only $3.50 each. You can pay that much much for a side of crappy store bought bacon.
Yes, I took home a to-go box. With tax and tip, $72. Not bad for something you can’t get anywhere else in Dallas. In fact, Hub and I have some pork belly curing in the fridge right now. I’ll be shocked if it turns out to be even close to as good as the bacon we had today. At least we know what to shoot for!
We’ve been on a brunch kick recently. I love to try a new restaurant at brunch because it’s usually reasonably priced. So, you don’t have to invest a whole lot on what could be something you don’t like. We didn’t have any trouble liking what we ate at Smoke. Smoke is located just down the hill from the Belmont Hotel. We love the Belmont for drinks. This was our first time at Smoke.
The service got off to a slow start. But, once we finally had someone assigned to our table everything went smoothly. The Bloody Marys were excellent. A nice size and very flavorful, yet not too spicy.
Hubbard chose the Smoked Brisket Cornbread Hash with poached egg, green chili rajas and pearl onions. Did you notice the word spicy in that description that I took straight from their menu? No, it’s not there. It should be.
This dish was so spicy that Hubbard was sweating while he ate it. He likes really spicy food. A guy at the table sent his back because it was too spicy for him to eat. It tasted great. But, I really think a restaurant owes it to their customers to prepare them for the experience they are about to have. The waiter didn’t even mention that it was a spicy dish when we asked about it. So, if you like spicy, go for it. It’s really good.
I got the Pulled Whole Hog BBQ Eggs Benedict. This was surprisingly good. The pulled pork was very tender and tossed with BBQ sauce before they throw it on top of the English muffins and top the whole thing with Hollandaise. I wouldn’t have thought BBQ and Hollandaise would have made a good match. It was delicious.
The real star of the show as the Thick and Smokey Country Bacon. It’s housemade. Cured and smoked on the property. Look at how thick it is. It was extremely good. I believe Hubbard said, “I can’t believe how good this bacon is” three different times during the meal. It was fantastic. We both had a big strip of bacon as a side for $3.50 a pop. Well worth it. The breakfast dishes were $12 & $13, though they have lower priced items.
I forgot what this pie was called. Their entire dessert menu is pie. But, this stuff was the closest I’ve ever seen a piece of pie come to being a brownie. Chocolatey. For sure. Hubbard gobbled it up.
Overall we enjoyed our experience at Smoke. It’s a nice casual atmosphere. I’m curious about dinner and lunch now.