Continued from the previous post, here are a few more notable places we visited in Dallas:
The Chesterfield is, first and foremost, a cocktail bar. It has a great menu of classic cocktails and artisan creations. While we didn’t care much for hanging out on Main Street in general, The Chesterfield was certainly a highlight of the downtown area, and we ended up there more than once to meet up with friends and colleagues for a drink.
We also had dinner there one night, and while the service was definitely lacking, we did enjoy our food. Tom and Holly both had the mushroom tagliatelle “carbonara,” which featured a very distinctive unbroken egg yolk on top.
The Zodiac Room
Located on the 6th floor of Neiman Marcus, The Zodiac Room was a hidden gem, tucked away in such a way that it successfully transported us away for lunch. As we sat down, we were greeted with elegant silver table settings and an amuse bouche of chicken broth served in small tea cups. The bread wasn’t just any bread, but a delightful, puffy popover, served with strawberry butter. Holly’s grilled vegetable wrap was unremarkable, but Tom’s grilled cheese with corn and shrimp chowder was drool-worthy. We wrapped up with some wonderful coffee before heading back to our meetings at the conference.
The Ginger Man
We scoped out The Ginger Man for its craft beer selection and its uptown location closer to our hotel. It was a nice enough afternoon that we were able to sit outside on their outdoor patio, enjoy a beer or three, and make a light lunch out of their artisan cheese plate. Tom enjoyed several beers from (512) Brewery out of Austin, TX, including their IPA and Pecan Porter. In between those two, he also had a taste of home with Victory’s Yakima Glory (Downington, PA). Holly had her own taste of home with Green Flash’s West Coast IPA (San Diego, CA), followed by Ska Brewing’s Modus Hoperandi (Durango, CO) and Boulevard’s Single-Wide IPA (Kansas City, MO).
The Cedars Social
The Cedars Social was probably the highlight of our dining in Dallas, but it was rather dark so we didn’t end up taking any pictures. We walked there from the convention center, which was a big mistake, as the area in between was not pedestrian-friendly and felt unsafe at night. Once we got there, though, all was well. It had a cozy, lodge-like environment, complete with an indoor fire pit.
We started off with the chef’s daily preparation of scallops, which were served with some kind of foam (we didn’t get a description) atop a large scallop shell. We also had a side of grilled asparagus, in order to make sure we had some vegetables. For our next course, we had a charcuterie plate and an order of truffled macaroni and cheese. We finished the food portion of our meal with a pork belly, which was just melt-in-your-mouth delicious and tender. All of this was accompanied by some rather generous pours of wines by the glass. For dessert, we had some of their artisan cocktails for good measure. Then somehow we ended up back at The Chesterfield, but *cough* that’s another story.
We were glad we were actually able to find so many blog-worthy places to eat and drink in Dallas, but boy were we glad to get home to Philadelphia!