We love our job.
We get sent cool products to review.
Occasionally we get to travel on someone else’s dime.
And nearly every day of the week we’re asked to drink and dine in the newest local restaurants (something that we’ve missed a lot the last 13 months).
But in a position where we receive a lot of freebies as perks of the job, our biggest endorsement of an establishment happens when we return with our own credit card in hand.
Smoky Rose falls squarely in that elite group and it was one of the first places we returned for brunch after our second vaccine.
In fact, since the restaurant opened, hardly a week goes by that you won’t find us perched at the bar outside or at a table on the massive patio. It doesn’t hurt that the White Rock Lake-adjacent restaurant is within walking distance from our house, but we truly love the food, atmosphere and cheerful service.
First, make reservations now because the place gets packed with people carb-loading pre-Arboretum or slamming back carafes of mimosas after church. Make sure to request the patio when reserving your table, too.
The brunch menu features traditional offerings like French toast stuffed with cream cheese and strawberries or eggs cooked any way you can dream. It also incorporates signature BBQ elements in several dishes, whether you’re adding pulled pork or shredded brisket to chilaquiles or scarfing down “briskets and gravy.”
Even their Benedict can be customized with one of several smoked-in-house options.
Smoky Rose has an excellent cocktail program should you wish to venture beyond Bloody Marys and mimosas (and you’ll want to at some point). There’s also a large selection of craft beers on tap so make sure to ask to sample the seasonal rotators to discover a new favorite.
After you finish your meal, settle your tab and move to a sofa or cafe table in the beer garden to soak up the sun.
And maybe a little more booze.
Smoky Rose Brunch
8602 Garland Road, Dallas