15 In Food


This weekend the girls and I took a short trip to the historic  Belmont Hotel in Dallas.  Jane featured this hotel a couple of weeks ago when we visited the VintageMobile.  We were so enchanted with this renovated 1940’s travel hotel, and their adjacent restaurant, Smoke, that we had to go back and stay at least for a night.  The above photo is the bar at Smoke.

Backroom at Smoke, right before the dinner crush.

Another view of Smoke, but let’s get to the food!!

Jane had a burger, and I had a raw beet salad.  Carol tried the pulled pork sandwich.  For dessert we had key lime pie.

It was all delicious!!

Smoke has gained a loyal league of neighborhood regulars as well as guests of the Belmont.

The hotel itself is completely retro, and charming.  You can easily imagine you’re on the set of a 1950’s movie  in Los Angeles.

The rooms are large and comfortable….

Kim is becoming quite the hotel critic.  She gives the Belmont two paws up.  Kim brought along her BFF Shelly.

Before we packed up and headed back home, we grabbed a quick breakfast, once again, at Smoke.

Carol’s yummy breakfast.

I ordered cheese grits and broiled grapefruit–it was great!!  Below, blueberry/ricotta pancakes!

The bar at the Belmont offers one of the most spectacular views of Dallas’ unusual skyline.

**I was not compensated for my post about the Belmont or Smoke restaurant.  Both are locally owned businesses, and Jane and I are passionate about supporting local endeavors–especially ones with such a great history.**

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  • kendall
    July 25, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    if you had a cottage, this is what I would think it would look like,
    kitchey chic lol


  • dragon fruit
    July 25, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    this food looks soo so good! great photography! this hotel looks amazing, i want to visit there!


  • Samantha
    July 26, 2011 at 12:09 am

    WOW!! Thanks for the post! We will definitely try Smoke when we head to Dallas. Your recommendations are always great (ahem La Duni…)! Maybe, we’ll look into the Belmont for our next Staycation!

    xo, sam


  • Jen Smith
    July 26, 2011 at 1:53 am

    I was there 2 weekends ago and LOVEDDDDD it!!!! Took some pics too….. Thanks for sharing yours….


  • Francesca
    July 26, 2011 at 2:16 am

    I really like your blog and style- your posts have such character! The hotel looks very cute!

  • Sarah M. Winchester
    July 26, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    That food alone looks worth the visit! Cheese grits and broiled grapefruit…are you kidding me?!?! Sounds like my favorite foods together. May have to try this one up here in Boston to get my grits fix.

  • Mrs C
    July 26, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    I remember reading about this on Jane’s site. Love all these photos and it looks like a fabulous spot!! Will def keep in mind if I am ever in the Dallas area!!!

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  • arlene
    July 26, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Love your photos Judy!! I’ve been aching to get down to Texas for reasons like these!! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  • Hilary Inspired
    July 26, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Thank you for sharing this, Judy! David and I have an anniversary coming up and it’s so good to get personal recommendations for things like hotels. Can’t wait to check it out!

  • Leonie
    July 26, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Oh my these pictures make me hungry! Great shots of the hotel – will keep it in mind if I ever come out there 🙂

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  • Tonia
    July 26, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    I wish I could have joined you guys since you were in neck of the woods. I don’t think people really realize the great spots we have on this side of town.

  • Kelly Preston
    July 27, 2011 at 4:44 am

    You always have the best food pictures, those pancakes look insane!

  • candice
    July 27, 2011 at 7:47 am

    omg. the food really does look heavenly there!! yum! jealous!


  • Kym
    July 27, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    um…I think I need to go get a hamburger now…with a side of sweet potato fries…

  • Dress and Dish
    August 3, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    WOW. All the food looks so good!! Yummy! If I am ever in Dallas again, I will have to go to these places!!!!