This food-forward tavern in Lower Greenvillle leans hard into the art of artisanal sausage-making and charcuterie, with plenty of heavy bar offerings to match.
Website:facebook.com/theblindbutcher Number of seats: 60 Average per-person check: $27 Popular dishes: Duck poutine with egg, confit and gravy; pastrami eggrolls with creamy mustard; bacon Brussels sprouts; duck fat fries; bacon bratwurst with sauerkraut, mustard. What people come for: “Hand-cranked sausages,” craft cocktail and beer list, dinner nightly until 2 a.m. Address: 1919 Greenville Ave.
Phone Number: 214-887-0000
The trendy restaurant row on Henderson Avenue has taken well to this arrival by chef Stephen Rogers and his operator wife Allison Yoder, formerly of Press in California’s Napa Valley.
Website:gemmadallas.com Number of seats: 55 Average per-person check: $50 Popular dishes: Pappardelle with lamb shoulder, king trumpets, asparagus and lemon thyme; braised veal cheeks with Tokyo turnips, baby carrots, cippolini onions, bacon and black pepper spätzle; grilled striped sea bass with Rancho Gordo yellow eye beans, fava beans and fava leaf pistou. What people come for: After-theater dinner, late-night full menu nightly until 1 a.m., special wine dinners. Address: 2323 N Henderson Ave. Phone Number: 214-370-9426
Zoli's NY Pizza Tavern
This pizza joint in the Bishop Arts District takes its pies and toppings seriously, as should be expected from its ties to Cane Rosso, Jay Jerrier’s other revered pizza shop in town (that one more rooted in Neopolitan-style pies).
Website:zolispizza.com Number of seats: 65 Average per-person check: $15 Popular dishes: 20-inch “New York”-style pizza with hot soppressata; “Grandma”-style pie with thicker crust; weekly hero sandwich specials with zucchini fries; diavoletti: strips of fried pizza dough covered with powdered sugar, sea salt caramel, and warm Nutella. What people come for: “Slice of the day.” Address: 202 W. Davis St. Phone Number: 214-942-9654
A new chef, Andrew Bell, took to the kitchen at this established Arts District bellwether with a pointed approach to seasonality and “respect” for ingredients that don’t need much more to shine.
Website:bolsadallas.com Number of seats: 40 Average per-person check: $31 Popular dishes: Venison tartare with yellow tomato gelée, quail egg yolk, yucca chips and Worcestershire gastrique; skate with sunchoke, fiddlehead ferns and rhubarb; baby artichoke with heirloom tomato, spinach and fennel purée. What people come for: New seasonal bar menu. Address: 614 W Davis St. Phone Number: 214-367-9367