100 Favorite Dishes

100 Favorite Dishes, No. 85: Beef Belly Rolls at Small Brewpub

These tiny sandwiches are only big enough for a couple bites, but that just adds to the charm.
These tiny sandwiches are only big enough for a couple bites, but that just adds to the charm. Beth Rankin

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.

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.
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Beth Rankin is an Ohio native and Cicerone-certified beer server who specializes in social media, food and drink, travel and news reporting. Her belief system revolves around the significance of Topo Chico, the refusal to eat crawfish out of season and the importance of local and regional foodways.
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