19 comments on “Somebody Help This Poor Girl: Chef-Driven Restaurants in Dallas

  1. Abacus…also she should not limit herself to Big D…the (817) has good eating too. For example Lonesome Dove, or Ellerbe Fine Foods which was named one of Bon Appetit Mag’s top ten new restaurants.

  2. If you’re in Dallas proper, you shouldn’t miss York Street, Samar, or Tei An. Other than that, go roll around Bishop Arts in Oak Cliff.

  3. craft – Jeff Harris is the quintessential representative of Tom Colicchio’s vision.

    It’s the only DFW restaurant that can boast the following:
    -4 stars from Leslie Brenner
    -Best in DFW Service from the Morning News
    -Best in DFW Cocktails from the Morning News
    -Best in DFW Wine List from the Morning News
    -Best Breakfast from D Magazine
    -#1 Fit For Foodies from OpenTable diners
    -Best Booth from D Magazine
    -Best Looking Dining Room from the Obeserver

  4. Tei-An for Japanese; Samar for Global; Stephan Pyles for Regional; York Street for New American; El Ranchito for a lower-priced unique northern Mexico/Tex-Mex experience; Smoke and the Belmont Hotel balcony for hip BBQ and the downtown views.

  5. York Street of course.

    For something more casual (and inexpensive), try Bolsa in the Bishop Arts. Chef Dodds menu changes every day based on what is in season. Had a Shiner Bock short rib there on Friday night. Best cocktails in town too. Amazing!

  6. Thank you all for your suggestions. I haven’t been to Dallas in a few years and found myself without a good sense for best restaurant options here. I’ve always thought York Street was one of the best restaurants in the state (right after Le Reve in San Antonio), but had less than stellar experiences at Pyles, Lanny’s Alta Cocina and Hatties, and was looking for something new.
    I ventured out to Smoke tonight, since most of the places higher on my list were closed on Mondays and the menu looked similar to Cochon in New Orleans and Beaver’s in Houston. Unfortunately I found the food to be subpar and carefully chosen ingredients either over-sauced or over-seasoned. Except for the excellent pork jowl bacon, the meats were strangely mushy.

    I am looking forward to coming back to try Nonna. I also noticed that Japanese restaurants look better in Dallas than in Houston, where the native Japanese population is very small. Looking forward to Tei An tomorrow, but am actually thinking about scheduling a separate trip to Keiishi in Denton.
    Finally a note for Nancy: I am not a “gal”. Misha is a common male name in Russia. As for your comment about “much better food here”, I’ll counter with an example. The night before I came to Dallas I was in Houston eating a brilliant preparation of roasted beet flavored with bone marrow, cooked by chefs who honed their craft at Fat Duck, Viajante and Ubuntu. Don’t know if it was “better”, but it was an incredible dish from concept to execution to flavor. This is the level of cooking you’d expect to see in some of the world’s best restaurants. So, it’s all a matter of perspective.

    Again, thank you all for your help. I am looking forward to returning to Dallas.

  7. Even though it received a poor review by the Dallad Morning News aka diva Leslie Brenner, The Mercury has been my favorite restaurant for years. You will find the chef, Chris Ward there almost every night. Great food in an ugly strip center. Suze is ok too as well as York Street.

  8. tried samar three times with three bad experiences. however always had good experiences at Neighborhood services (lovers location).