The Most Underrated Restaurant in Dallas: Canary By Gorji

Sweet Face: Chef Mansour Gorji.

I’ll be quick and to the point: Canary By Gorji is the most underrated restaurant in Dallas. Every time I eat there I am seduced by the creative cooking and I fall in love with Chef Mansour Gorji.

I took my family to Canary By Gorji  for dinner last night and we had a comfortable, laid-back dining experience. (I don’t have pictures because I didn’t use my cell phone.) The music, service, food, and atmosphere all work together to produce a calm atmosphere. We left happy and I didn’t feel like I’d just worked a review.

If you’ve eaten at this small, mostly Mediterranean-inspired restaurant, you have met Gorji. When he isn’t at a market buying fresh ingredients, he is in his kitchen creating unique dishes or visiting with customers. He was the first chef to champion the pomegranate, which he still uses as a garnish on steaks and in sauces. Last night, I devoured a celery root (trending!) and carrot salad that was so fresh it tasted like it was just plucked from the garden. The filleted trout served with a just a touch of white wine and lemon sauce is topped with tart barberries and capers. His food is so clean; so delicious. My mother claimed the pork chop as “the best she’s ever eaten.”

Gorji is a hard working chef. Not only does he cook every night, he supports local charities and produces a line of products which are sold online and in local stores. I’ve never seen him without a smile and a good-natured laugh. Go visit him. He will dazzle your taste buds and your heart.

19 comments on “The Most Underrated Restaurant in Dallas: Canary By Gorji

  1. Thanks for spreading the good news about Chef Gorji; I agree with everything mentioned in your article. I hope you and many others will go there for my favorites, the catfish and one of his prize-winning steaks. The hummus is the best I’ve ever tried. I’m also a fan of his products, especially the Pomodoro sauce. Good to see Chef getting such well-deserved praise.

  2. Thanks for spreading the good news about Chef Gorji; I agree with everything mentioned in your article. I hope you and many others will go there for my favorites, the catfish and one of his prize-winning steaks. The hummus is the best I’ve ever tried. I’m also a fan of his products, especially the Pomodoro sauce. Good to see Chef getting such well-deserved praise.

  3. Thanks for this information. Did not know this place existed but will check it out very soon. Sounds great.

  4. I am so glad to read this glowing review of one of my favorite restaurants. Chef Gorji’s talent is only rivaled by his charm. And furthermore his products are outstanding. I buy them at Whole Foods, though they may be in other stores. They’re all marvelous. The salad dressing might get the nod if I had to pick a favorite. Wait, the pomodoro. No, the steak primer. I think it’s time for another visit to Canary by Gorji.

  5. Rangers100, it isn’t in a strip mall in Addison and so what if it was. Once you are inside you could be anywhere. If the food is great what difference does the location make?

  6. Totally agree with you, Nancy. Love this gem of a restaurant in Addison. All his takes on classic dishes are always a knockout. The seafood is always exceptionally fresh. Thanks for reminding me to revisit.

  7. Bang on target Nancy, and ‘gem’ (adkim) is the right word. This place consistently punches above its weight.

  8. Whenever somebody asks me where to go to celebrate an anniversary, I tell them Gorji. Everybody so far has agreed. And you know what happens when the wife likes the romantic restaurant? Romance, that’s what.

  9. Yep, a “strip mall” in Addison, stay away Rangers100, we don’t want you there anyway.

    This place is our celebration spot. We go at least twice a month, lots of celebrating to do, you know!
    On top of his amazing food, he and his wife are the most down-to-earth and hospitable people you would ever want to know. His wine list is really good, I love his cooking classes and the pizza and wine night is divine! Oh, and his gnocchi is amazing! We love you Chef Gorgi!

  10. This is spot on! We love Canary and the chef is always there and like you said laughing with customers.

  11. Is this the same as Canary Cafe or another version of it? That place was/is delicious (haven’t been there in ages). Need to add (or re-add this to the rotation)…

  12. I couldn’t agree more, Canary is the most underrated, best-kept secret in Dallas! The food is flat out amazing and Chef Gorgi is ever the gracious and entertaining host. I’m so glad Canary finally got the notice it deserves!… unless, of course, I won’t be able to get a table anymore:-)

  13. He is a wonderful scheme. His Panzanella and eggplant area so delicious, everything is always outstanding.

  14. Glad to see Canary by Gorgi finally get recognized by the folks. I am from AZ and frequently have to travel to Dallas on business, I make sure this is one of my stops.

    I am hoping to bring my husband to Dallas one of these times and will definitely take him to this great restaurant, wonderful food and atmosphere.

    Hope to be back there soon!!!

  15. Was supposed to be out of town for my birthday last night so we had not made plans. We were headed to Houston’s but there was a 60-minute wait. Then remembered reading this a few days ago. I have driven past Canary almost 5 days a week to/from my office since they opened and while we kept saying w would try it, we never had until last night. What a lovely, tranquil and much needed oasis after a long, frazzled day. The chef-owner Gorgi was very gracious, the wait staff attentive but not overbearing and our dinner was delicious. We will return. Thanks for the reminder.

  16. Nancy, quit with the “best in Dallas” BS when the place is not in Dallas. It’s so simple. I’m sure the restaurant is great, but your post is misleading.

  17. It’s a gem . Definitely. Jonathan, actually, from a real estate perspective, Canary is in Dallas. It’s considered “Far North Dallas”. It’s just before Beltline, so not that “far”. Nancy is perfectly within her rights to say best in “Dallas”.

    This is a pretty helpful post from The Advocate about areas of the Metroplex : http://farnorthdallas.advocatemag.com/2011/07/far-north-dallas-texas/

    Regardless of where it is, Canary has some of the best food you are ever going to eat, and I’ve eaten at the best restaurants in all over the world! In fact I just returned from New Orleans and was definitely underwhelmed by some of the “name” restaurants! Give me Canary Cafe any day!