Kelowna knows its beer, too
Story by Dan Clapson
KELOWNA, BRITISH COLUMBIA — It’s well known that the wineries of the Okanagan Valley can captivate travellers for the duration of a vacation. As much as we all love to sip on a chilled glass of oaky chardonnay and nod as a sommelier fills our head with tasting notes and subtle grape nuances, sometimes a cold, quality pint of beer and a comfy seat on a patio is equally as pleasurable.
Located in Manteo Resort, just a five-minute drive from the city’s downtown, Smack DAB, like any self-respecting Kelowna establishment, has a nice selection of local wines, but also boasts a quality menu of microbrews. In fact, it’s the largest offering of microbrews you’ll find in the valley city. Coming primarily from within the province, you can try brews like Peach Cream Ale (The Tin Whistle, Penticton) or the smokey Stoked Amber Ale (Firehall Brewery, Oliver). Go for the beer-flight option (wine flights available as well) to sip on five different varieties that give you a sampling of what BC offers. The flight is held on a board with each glass holder cleverly labelled (S-M-A-C-K) with a small list that allows
diners drinkers to reference what exactly they’re consuming.
Moving onto the menu, Smack DAB goes the family-friendly route, with a “something for everyone” selection. If you’re starting with smaller plates, try the Smack DAB Crazy Fries ($8), tossed with lemon, roasted garlic, and parsley, or the Togarashi Spiced Calamari ($14), served with tzatziki sauce for dipping. It may be a mish-mash of cultural flavours, but it’s a perfectly salty match for your cold brew.
The pizzas are thin crust, roasted in the kitchen’s Forno oven and ideal for sharing if you’re looking for a lighter meal. Stay traditional with a classic Margherita ($13) or try something a bit more inventive like the Fennel Pork Sausage option ($17) topped with roasted red peppers and shaved fennel.
Smack DAB Shows Off Okanagan Beer
On the sweeter side, the restaurant offers indulgences like Apple Toffee Cheesecake ($7) and Rhubarb Crumble ($7), but the real winner here is the variety of ice creams, all made in house, all costing $3 per scoop. Flavours like the go-to Vanilla or their Peanut Butter Chocolate are the perfect scoop for any kids at the table, or any kids at heart.
Smack DAB’s setting is a complement for the quality food and drinks. A 150-seat patio overlooks the vast Lake Okanagan. Although the tables closest to the shore are (arguably) the best seats in the house, almost every spot on the patio provides diners with a clear view of the sparkling blue water and rolling foothills in the background.
By day, the outside seating area receives a lot of light (umbrellas optional) for soaking up the warm rays during an early autumn in Kelowna. The area is a mix of dark brown, pillowy seating for the lounging types and proper tables for those looking for a sit-down lunch or dinner. As the sun sets, tall, bright white lamps light up in an array of colours making for a romantic evening experience.
The restaurant has been newly redesigned and is looking slicker than ever. Whether you’re coming here for a relaxing afternoon beer, a romantic date by the water, or grabbing dinner with the family, Smack DAB has got you covered. Just make sure to grab a seat in September, while the weather’s still on your side.
More about Smack DAB
Address: 3762 Lakeshore Road, Kelowna, BC
Reservations: Telephone 1-250-860-4488; reservations are recommended (especially for the patio).
Menu: Prices for main courses range from $21-$28, with pizzas starting at $13 and appetizers starting at $9.