Have you ever had a confirming sign from multiple sources so you know you’re on the right track? I knew that I HAD to try Dallas’ Smoky Rose when I kept hearing about it from multiple sources, and I am SO glad that I listened! Smokey Rose is located across the street from the Dallas Arboretum and has a wonderful patio waiting area. Both the inside and patio seating is plentiful and the each area boasts it’s own bar. We sat outside at lunch and the bar wasn’t open, but I can just see the patio waiting area and dining filled with hungry and thirsty patrons! Online views of the menu had me thinking that this was an upscale restaurant that I wasn’t sure was in my “usual comfort zone”, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. I was right on one count, Smoky Rose is upscale, but it’s the TASTE that’s upscale. Smoky Rose has a casual vibe and a friendly staff.
For the appetizer, we selected the Chef Spoon’s Deviled Eggs made with Nana B’s family recipe. They were (almost) too beautiful to eat. Steeped in golden beet juice to give the eggs a sunshine yellow hue, they were filled and then topped with pickled jalapeño relish. The relish gave it a special kick without being too spicy. Our group decided to share an entree so we could sample more of the side dishes so we ordered the brisket and smoked turkey on the Two Meat Choice. Each one was so tender and juicy. The sides we chose were the Mac ‘n Cheese (made with creamy gouda), Jalapeño Kale Cole Slaw (jalapeño and kale haters, you won’t even know it’s in there!), and the Signature Smoked House Beans (chunks of brisket give it that rich, smoky flavor).
Thankfully, we shared our appetizer and entree so we wouldn’t feel guilty about sharing a dessert! I was told to get the Smore, but I didn’t see it on the menu. The waitress quickly guided me to the Seasonal Pot de Creme (a.k.a., the Smore)! Homemade graham cracker, a homemade, toasted marshmallow and the biggest explosion of chocolate creme flavor that you can imagine. You have to order one to taste for yourself! Unfortunately, we were so enamored by the dessert, that I forgot to take a picture. Alas, I see another trip to Smoky Rose in my future!
So, make sure you stop by Smoky Rose to give them a try! I think you’ll find that it’s worth the drive. When you do, let them know that Travel and Table will be back soon for another chance to photograph that illusive Seasonal Pot de Creme!
Until we meet again…