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Where do restaurant people go after work?

SteveCash720 Jul 11, 2012 07:54 AM

I am a new-to-Dallas line cook at a small restaurant downtown. Being from Chicago, I'm used to hitting up a joint at quitting time to get some good (but simple) food, a cold drink, and some conversation with like-minded souls. Unfortunately, my co-workers all have kids or other addictions that they would rather tend to after work.

Does anyone know of a good "industry" spot? Preferably one that stays open (and serving food) late.


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    pepper131 Jul 11, 2012 08:50 AM

    Try Vickery Park on Henderson.

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      demigodh Jul 11, 2012 09:49 AM

      Cock & Bull should be exactly what you're looking for. Low key bar with slightly elevated food and a kitchen that's open very late. I know it used to be an industry spot but am not sure if it's still the current destination for cooks after closing.

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        Mike C. Miller Jul 24, 2012 12:07 AM

        Primo's on McKinney has been known to attract a few chef's and kitchen types, too. Especially on week nights.

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          luniz Jul 29, 2012 10:05 AM

          Mostly Old Monk. Some go to Common Table.

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            Jon G Aug 1, 2012 09:45 PM

            Victor Tango's on Knox-Henderson (get the marrow).

            Nova in Oak Cliff (veal short rib tacos, if he's got 'em).

            5 Replies
            1. re: Jon G
              twinwillow Aug 1, 2012 10:17 PM

              A big second for Nova! Regardless of whether or not you're in the restaurant business. But, shhhh. Don't let the secret out.
              Btw, the mussels and the smoked salmon stuffed potato skins are killer good.

              1. re: twinwillow
                HalfBaked Aug 6, 2012 04:42 PM

                drool! thanks twinwillow! u always have the best recs

                1. re: HalfBaked
                  twinwillow Aug 6, 2012 06:15 PM

                  Thanks for the compliment. I really appreciate it. But, a big thanks must go to Jon G for originally recommending Nova. I was just seconding his rec.

                  1. re: twinwillow
                    Jon G Aug 7, 2012 10:05 PM

                    Thanks man. If you can get a few minutes chatting with chef over there, you'll see the man is serious about his craft.

                    1. re: Jon G
                      tonybites Aug 8, 2012 02:50 PM

                      Third rec for Nova. But please keep it down!

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