A fun food find in Oak Cliff...

A few weeks ago, I met up with two of my besties for a birthday lunch... but mostly just to catch up and be together since we all live far away from eachother.

We met up at Smoke, an Oak Cliff restaurant near downtown Dallas.  It's housed next to the historic Belmont hotel, which could take an entirely different post all together.


When you walk in, you are hit by an overwhelming, intoxicating aroma that nearly takes your breath away, it's so wonderful.  The smell of smoked meats, homemade sides and southern food makes a girl want to move right in and live forever.  They prepare homegrown, handmade and organic, when available.
The wait was long, as we went on a Sunday during brunch (and boy do Dallas people like to brunch).  While we waited, us girls went to tour the hotel.

The Belmont hotel was built in 1946 and was designed by Charles Stevens Dilbeck.  The hotel had been extremely run down since the 1950's, but was restored in 2005.   (The pool was amazing... which I've been told is a great place to sneak into during the summer.)  The view of downtown is amazing (not so amazing the day we went, as it was gloomy outside), but one can imagine.

On the inside of the hotel, I loved the lobby. Very eclectic, but I loved it.

The floor in front of the fireplace was really neat.  It was an all brick floor, but they painted the bricks in the sitting area to resemble an area rug with a chevron pattern.  Love it.

Back to the restaurant now...

We sat down and had the cutest little plates with pigs on them.  Funny thing is, the restaurant has had to put a fun message on the backside of the plate since I guess people steal them.  Sheesh.

The menu was full of fabulous options... but I went with what my nose told me to get.  Chopped beef brisket sandwich.  I smelled the smoked goodness and had to try it.

Sorry for the bite pic.  I was so excited to eat it, I forgot to take a picture of it without taking a bite first. 

It was fabulous.

But everyone got something different and just as yummy.  The grits looked amazing.

I don't know the name of this entree... but it involved eggs on the bottom, ham, and a fried egg on top.

 We celebrated Sarah's birthday... with a very large complimentary key lime pie.  So refreshing...

Happy (belated) Birthday Sarah!  Loved spending time with you and celebrating your birth and your friendship!

I definitely recommend Smoke if you're in Dallas.  It's a little out of the way, but in an area of town I love, since it's a bit of a throw back.  The food was amazing and definitely worth the wait.