100 Favorite Dishes, No. 80: Pulled Whole Hog BBQ Eggs Benedict at Smoke

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To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2012 issue, we're counting down (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes. If there's a dish you think we need to try, leave it in the comments, or email me.

Eggs Benedict is probably one of the most hackneyed brunch dishes out there done 70 ways from Sunday at any semi-respectable restaurant. For an adaptation that rouses me from bed on a Sunday morning to battle a brunch crowd, I go to Smoke. Pairing their barbecue with eggs proves to be a recipe for a mind-blowing meal.

A tweaked version of the classic, Smoke swaps out the Canadian bacon for Smoke's elevated version of pulled pork. Sure, pulled pork and eggs are delicious, but I think the real brilliance is in the details. The char job on the English muffins brings a smoky aroma and a texture that a toaster could only dream of. Two perfectly poached eggs come in a Hollandaise sauce with a prominent citrus twang that cuts through the richness of the sauce, oozing yolk, and mound of slow-cooked pork. If that doesn't get you up in the morning, you're probably dead.

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901 Fort Worth Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

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Sam M
Sam M

I think Brunch/breakfast is where Smoke falls way short. And the precursors of that have lead me to be not-surprised at the blandness and lack of execution at Chicken Scratch.

For me, I've had this benedict at Smoke two time. Both times, each egg was severely over-poached. Not a single bit of yolk was still alive. In addition, both times the english muffin was beat-up, tiny and completely dry/stale or no char you speak of. Here is where I'd want a great, thick homemade EM or even a homemade biscuit.

The brisket hash was so dry, bland and just like leftover dog food. The biscuits were dry and gravy too sweet, not enough balancing spice or zest. Nothing but disappointment for early-morning eats and I'm usually one to think on the positive side and find enjoyment every time I eat out.

Ugh, I hate that I've had some bad experiences with their breakfast b/c I freakin' love every lunch and dinner I've had there. So to cap my coffee-fueled rant, I have no doubt that this Benedict "could" be amazing or on this list, but I just want to see it myself!

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