You’ve never been to Smoke? I was getting that quite a lot, and although Smoke has been on my “to-try list”, I finally made it. Although I’ve been on the vegan track (that means I’ve been trying to avoid dairy and meat as much as possible), I had to cheat at Smoke. Lucky for me, I went with quite a few friends who were nice enough to take photos of their meals and let me try almost everything.
First of all, Smoke is located in south Dallas (or is it west Dallas?) over by the Belmont Hotel. Though it was a long haul from the SMU bubble, it was well worth the drive that sunny Sunday afternoon. We headed in for brunch at around 1pm and were immediately seated at a large table. The outside looks like what you would think of a smokehouse– very Texan complete with cacti and everything. The inside is nothing short of cozy. Because it was a particularly breezy, chilly day, it was nice to see a fireplace and all the homey decor…that is, homey if you’re a Texan. The atmosphere was warm and inviting, and so was our waiter. The service was quick, and our waiter was very friendly, always smiling and answering all our questions. Even though Smoke is primarily BBQ, the service and atmosphere make for a slightly more upscale BBQ experience. It’s a dining experience, not just a grab-and-go, is what I’m getting at.
The BBQ was outstanding. As you can see in the first photo, I had the blueberry and ricotta cheese pancakes with vanilla poached apricots and cream. WOW. So rich and indulgent, these pancakes were some of the best I’ve ever had. The sweetness was a bit overpowering, but I should have known what I was getting myself into. Lucky for the rest of the table, my dish was passed around at the end as everyone else’s dessert. The waiter even swooned when I ordered the pancakes…I should have offered him a bite.
I think it’s a bit unfair I didn’t try a bunch of meats at a primarily BBQ place, but I will say I did try the brisket and it was heavenly. It practically melts in your mouth. Oh, and, everyone else who tried the meat dishes seemed to be in heaven too. See photo below for some tongue wagging:
And finally… how cute are these plates? They had all sorts of animals. If turn them over, it has a stamp that says “I stole this from Smoke”. We asked the waiter about it and he said they’ve lost so many of the plates, they figured that when the thieves went home with their plates, they might feel guilty once they saw the stamp on the bottom. Or maybe it just encourages more plate theft? It was tempting…
All in all, it was a wonderful experience and I highly recommend the place. If you’re a BBQ lover, even better.