by Alex Gonzalez
Knox-Henderson serves as a hub for some of Dallas’s most interesting bars, dives, and restaurant concepts. At Smithy, KH’s most recent addition, guest’s can enjoy a variety of globally inspired plates and cocktails, on all of which Smithy puts a delightful southern spin.
The name Smithy is derived from the word “blacksmith,” as a nod to the previous occupant of the unit, Henry Potter, who was known for his contributions to projects for SMU, Dallas Public Schools, and homes in Highland Park.
The inside of Smithy has black and yellow fixtures and wall units throughout. It has a dive bar aesthetic, with a modern loungy touch.
The drinks and plates are all unique to Smithy, with creations one can’t find anywhere else.
Those who don’t care for the taste of alcohol should try the Roasted N’ Toasted, a vodka-based cocktail with nightrider nitro brew and almond vanilla cream. It’s a light beverage with little-to-no aftertaste and is sweet like ice cream or yogurt
Equally as good is the That’s My Jam, another vodka-based cocktail, with touches of lillet rose, lemon, strawberry preserves, and a cucumber peel garnish. Those with a taste for more fruity beverages should opt for the That’s My Jam, which tastes like a hard soda. It is light on impact, yet each sip bursts with sweet, tangy fruit flavor.
While Smithy doesn’t offer a house ceviche, the Crab Nachos are the next best thing. The Crab Nachos are an arrangement of taro chips, topped with blue crab, jalapeño, heirloom pico, avocado butter, and sriracha aioli. Each morsel of the Crab Nachos is packed with meaty and spicy flavor. The crab meat is shredded to just the right consistency, tender to the bite, and easy to chew. The chips, albeit topped with a savory combination of meat and sauces, remain crispy, without getting soggy or floppy.
Those wanting a more traditional item should opt for the Truffle Fries. The Truffle Fries are thinly cut and tossed in white truffle oil and pecorino cheese. Although the cheese may be a bit overpowering for some, it is evident from first taste that the cheese is finely aged, making an indulgent treat for cheeseheads and for french fry enthusiasts.
While Smithy offers an extensive variety of dishes, Luke’s Hot Chicken is probably going to end up being the restaurant’s signature item. The chicken strips are coated with a peri peri spice breading and served atop a slice of toast with locally sourced honey. The strips are the perfect combination of sweet, spicy, and hot. The aioli, served in a ramekin on the side, complements the chicken well. Luke’s Hot Chicken comes with sides of whipped potatoes and Nana Luke’s signature corn, the latter of which could give III Forks’s creamed corn a run for its money.
Those wanting a lighter option should opt for the Zoodles, which are zucchini noodles cooked in EVOO and served in a bowl with wood fired chicken, roasted garlic, basil, heirloom tomato, sherry, pecorino, white balsamic, and crusty french bread on the side. The Zoodles make for a hearty, warm, soupy dish, heavy on fresh, vegetable flavors.
The OG’s Cake is a bundt cake of its own kind. It is a cake so unique that only one person knows the recipe, and that is owner Brandon Luke’s grandmother. Every morning, Luke’s grandmother bakes several batches of the cake and hand delivers them to Smithy.
While most bundt cakes are bland and dry, the OG’s Cake is thick, moist, and oozing with chocolate flavor. It is perhaps the most satisfying bundt cake in town. The cake comes served with a side of vanilla ice cream atop graham cracker crumbs.
The staff at Smithy is highly attentive, well-trained, and knowledgeable of every item on the menu. Despite the high amounts of traffic in Smithy at any given time, the staff manages to get everyone’s order taken care of in a timely manner.
Location and hours
Smithy is located at 2927 N Henderson Ave, Dallas, TX 75206. They are open Tuesday – Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to midnight and Friday and Saturday from 4:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.