Smoke - Dallas, TX
After gorging ourselves on a pound each of BBQ at Off the Bone, we headed to Smoke. This had been recommended by a colleague in Dallas. I had thought initially it was a traditional BBQ joint, but found out it’s actually a restaurant that has some BBQ dishes. Interestingly, the chef is reportedly from San Francisco (per our waitress), which is somewhat odd as I don’t think Californians really get or do Texas BBQ well. I actually quite liked the space, and there’s a nice fireplace with comfy looking chairs at one end of the dining room. It seems cozy, albeit oddly placed in the middle of the dining room.
We ordered the ribs and coffee cured beef brisket. Now, we were totally stuffed, which probably impacted how much I enjoyed the food. That being said, I preferred the ribs over the brisket. I found the ribs were quite tasty: moist, with a great smokey aroma, and the perfect amount of tenderness, without being too tender (the ribs at Off the Bone were too tender, i.e. overcooked). And the leftovers were perfect the perfect snack for an early morning conference call! The brisket to me was less successful as I found them a little dry.
So overall, solid BBQ. However, the best bite of the trip was yet to come, in Garland, TX!