Our intrepid photog-in-the-city, David Hedile, recently attended the James McMurtry “Barefoot at the Belmont” concert in Dallas at the Belmont Hotel in Oak Cliff. The show was opened by Dallasite Greg Schroeder and I think you’ll see that there are few better backdrops to be had at a concert.


photo_45Tonight is the second installment of Dallas South’s “Get Into the City” concept, which kicked off last month at Texas Caribbean Foods on South Lamar (ah, Jamaican patties. Sigh). This evening the Dallas South folks will be experiencing the charms of the Belmont Hotel in North Oak Cliff, with a chance to win two Belmontinis (which is really all you need; I speak from experience), two free appetizers and a one-night stay in a suite with a downtown view.

Organizer Shawn Williams, who is also the publisher of the Dallas South blog, was inspired to put the Belmont in the lineup after a memorable evening spent admiring the Dallas skyline from the BarBelmont’s spacious patio. GITC is designed to introduce attendees to different locations around town. If nothing else, the event provides an excuse to cross the river and linger over cocktails on the aforementioned patio, wander over to the pool area for more great views and then maybe grab a more substantial bite to eat at neighboring Cliff Cafe. But before indulging in Buffalo chicken mac and cheese or chicken-fried steak with roasted garlic mashed potatoes, whet your appetite with one of BarBelmont’s exceptional cheese boards, including the Wine Snack, which features Five Counties cheddar, Asiago and Gruyere cheeses coupled with crostini, crackers, fruit and chutney (my advice: tack on the additional $2 to add salami). It’s a delectable assortment that would actually go well with whatever you happen to be drinking. But, if you’re sticking with suds, try the Beer Snack, which complements your brew with beer-cheese spread, boiled peanuts and assorted crackers and bread. Just make sure and share with the Dallas South crowd and know that the fact that our city actually does have some stunning views is not just a byproduct of one too many Belmontinis.