Friday, March 8, 2013
Destination Design District: Five restaurants you have to try
The area is booming with eateries.
DALLAS After spending a number of decades as a haven for antique dealers, furniture manufacturers, and retailers, the Dallas Design District has seen widespread growth over the past few years, transforming into today’s network of apartments, design showrooms, art galleries, and trendy restaurants and bars.
With its growth in popularity, the Design District has become a destination for foodies seeking delectable, uniquely prepared dishes. Sometimes it is difficult to decide where to choose when faced with so many options, so here are my recommendations for five of the best culinary gems in the Design District.
Bleu Artichoke Cafe
The perfect place for a small afternoon snack while you are out shopping or even just taking a relaxing stroll around the district, Bleu Artichoke Café is located within FOUND Antiques on Riverfront Boulevard. The location provides a convenient and cozy café atmosphere, while the menu overloads your senses with options ranging from a citrus smoked salmon salad to an artichoke heart sandwich to the crepe of the day.
Having recently moved to 921 N Riverfront Blvd., Bridge Bistro features Cajun and Creole dishes, which will have you wanting to skip the corn muffins and potato rolls provided when you sit down. The newest offering from restaurateur Kay Agnew, Bridge Bistro is true to her classic style featuring items such as shrimp and crawfish enchiladas and soft shell crabs served with a lemon beurre blanc sauce.
Situated inside The International Design Center on Turtle Creek Boulevard, Royal Sixty is not only popular for its delicious cuisine, which covers a wide range of flavors from hamburgers to quiches, but also for their daily tea seatings. Starting at 10 each morning, you can enjoy a cup of fine hot tea while snacking on sweet and savory bites in an upscale environment. The service costs just $36 if you would like your seating to come with sparkling wine, or $28 without it.
Later in the evening, once work is over and you are ready to relax over a top-quality meal and glass of fine beer, the Meddlesome Moth should be high on your list. Combining a craft beer bar with over 125 selections with unique and well-crafted dining options, the Meddlesome Moth is one of the most popular nightspots in the area. Food choices include five different preparations of Prince Edward Island mussels as well as the wildly popular Rabbit Pot Pie. Beer connoisseurs will find the beer list complete with selections from around the world including top-rated American and Belgian brewers such as La Trappe, Dogfish Head, and Stone. Located on Oak Lawn Avenue, the Meddlesome Moth is both convenient and sure to please.
Situated just down the street from the Meddlesome Moth on Oak Lawn Avenue, Oak provides fine dining in an upscale environment which will satisfy even the most discerning diner. If you’re looking for top-notch service and some of the best cuisine the Design District has to offer, then Oak is the choice for you. Start your meal with one of more than 150 different wines available and appetizers such as veal tongue & escargot or veal schnitzel. From there, try one of Oak’s creative plays on fine dining classics, such as the lamb shank with kabocha squash, chermoula, merguez sausage, and kale.
No matter what kind of food you are craving, the Design District is bound to have options which will fit your mood. These are just a few of the dining choices available thanks to rapid growth in the area over the past few years, but the recommendations on this list will help guide you towards some of the best culinary experiences in the area.
About the Author
Chase Heckendorn is the co-founder of Dallas TX Lofts, a company that helps renters find apartments and lofts in Dallas. You can follow him via Google+ or Twitter, or contact him directly on his website.
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