by Amanda Howe - 0 Reviews - 13 List
In a time when consumers are pinching their pennies, restaurants that manage to thrive during this recession are true survivors. People don't have to dine out unless there's a very compelling draw to lure them there. These restaurants lived up to their buzz and better yet, sustained it. Now, in no particular order, find the 10 best restaurants in Dallas this year. (Photo courtesy of Charlie Palmer at The Joule)
Updated: December 11, 2009
Limited seating and an unusual menu are the makings of a cult venue. The uninitiated may wonder at cashew cheese on vegetarian lasagna. Salads are more conventional. Nothing is heated above 118 degrees because it sucks valuable enzymes from the vegetarian ingredients.
This casual Oak Cliff spot is the brainchild of two former bartenders. Drinks reflect the owners? background with cleaver cocktails such as The Recession and a carefully selected wine list. The seasonal menu is a tribute to farm-fresh ingredients such as local Windy Meadows chicken.
Dallas fixture Doug Brown recreates his classic American fare in Ilume apartment complex storefront. Dishes use local ingredients such as Paula Lambert's mozzarella. Winning sides are cheese orecchiette and Lucky Layla buttery mashed potatoes.
A remodel of Dallas landmark turns Reunion Tower restaurant into a sleek Asian hot spot with panoramic city views. Along with a full sushi bar, diners find inventive entrees such as green Thai curry with prawns, sea bass, scallops, and coconut chutney.
The intimate, 70-seat restaurant from celebrity chef Stephen Pyles features Spanish, Eastern Mediterranean and Indian small plates. Dishes include lamb pizza, roasted small chilies with sea salt, and fried squash blossoms. Hookahs and an outdoor fire pit add to the exotic experience.
Next to historic Belmont Hotel, this southern-style smokehouse serves upscale comfort food. The field pea and ham bone soup is a hearty starter. Follow with a plate of brisket, pork ribs, pulled pork, chicken, turkey or sausage. Meat-shy patrons check the vegetarian menu.
National chain opens steak and seafood supper club in the heart of Uptown. Expect luxury dishes such as white truffle caviar deviled eggs and Oysters Rockefeller. A piano bar and classic cocktail menu offer a cozy place to wile away the evening.