Belle Southern Kitchen embraces Southern style and hospitality, intent on “making BBQ beautiful.” Bright and inviting with an abundance of natural light, the whitewashed plank walls are decorated with southern flair to match the family style picnic tables. This is the perfect place for a date night, casual get togethers, family outings and for anyone looking for BBQ done right. The large custom made bar beckons you with a paean to whisk(e)y, a down home feel with rye and bourbon whiskeys front and centre stage.
Slow smoked meats and southern comfort food is the epitome of great BBQ. The pitmasters at Belle have laboured tirelessly to perfect the best of authentic southern recipes for brining, braising, smoking, mops, rubs, dipping sauces, right down to the best wood for the smokers. They cover all the BBQ classics and infuse traditional sides with their own interesting Dixie flair. Starting with complimentary house made chips lets you try all the Belle signature sauces, so pick your favourites and get ready to dig in.
The Burnt Brisket Ends starter is perfectly meaty and tender. Load on the sauce and get messy! We had ours with the Beet Salad, where a ricotta lemon purée, greens, and toasted pumpkin seeds enhanced the distinctive earthy flavour of the beets.
The stars of the show are the BBQ’d meats, made fresh daily. Brisket is brined for 48 hours, lightly rubbed, then slow smoked for hours and hours to bring out the tenderness and gentle flavours. St. Louie Ribs are carefully selected, perfectly trimmed and rubbed, left to soak up the spices for 2 days then smoked low and slow to fall-off the-bone tenderness.
The usual suspect sides are all done with a refreshing twist. Just to name a few: The Southern Texas style Blue Cheese Potato Salad uses house-made blue cheese may-aioli, shredded onion and bacon. The Memphis Cauliflower Slaw and Cucumber Dill Salad are both crisp and refreshing, and deep fried crispy, yet still creamy Mac and Cheese is a real treat. Surprisingly for a BBQ joint, there is a good selection of vegetarian options.
It doesn’t hurt that “brown liquor” goes so well with great BBQ, so pair up your meal with some of the signature libations like the Hillbilly Margarita (Ol’ Smokey Moonshine, Cointreau, Grapefruit) the Belle Manhattan (Old Grand Dad Bourbon, Sweet Vermouth, Cherry Whiskey) or The Lazy Afternoon (Cynar, Martini Rosato, Aviation Gin, Lemon Juice, Soda).
Try all these and more at the best happy hour in town – finally you can go after work instead of trying to sneak out early since their happy hour runs from 5-7 pm weekdays. Don’t forget lunch! Order your picnic lunch to eat in or take out where you get a sandwich, soup, side, and house baked cookies. Now that’s what we call southern hospitality!
Belle Southern Kitchen + Bar
1919 4th St. SW
Su-Th 11 am – 11 pm
F-Sat 11 am – 1 am