Leading up to September's Best of Dallas® 2017 issue, we're sharing (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes, the Dallas entrées, appetizers and desserts that really stuck with us this year.
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Over the last few months, Small Brewpub has shifted its food menu to focus less on avant-garde meat creations and more on affordable brewpub fare. For this Oak Cliff brewpub and restaurant, the challenge lies in striking a balance between accessible and interesting. With at least one snack item on the menu, it has succeeded.
The beef belly on rolls ($8) are made with fluffy, house-baked rolls from pastry chef Maricsa Trejo, succulent beef belly, sweet but biting house-made pickles and a creamy aioli that binds it all together. The resulting snack – each order comes with two, and you'll annihilate each one in two to three bites – nails it on all fronts: salty, fatty beef; cloudlike bread; sweet, tangy and shockingly fresh pickles; and a hit of creaminess from the aioli.
Small's menu is largely snack-based, perfect for sharing with the table while sipping house-brewed beer or one of its seriously above-average cocktails. If your hunger surpasses snack-friendly levels, the new burger is a must-order.