Foodie FUN birthday
We just moved to Dallas from NJ and are living in uptown in the State and Thomas neighborhood. My husband's 33rd birthday is coming up this weekend. We LOVE to eat good food but he also loves a people-watching bar scene. Suggestions would be appreciated for a fun but delicious birthday dinner. Any neighborhood is fine and any type of food and cost. I was looking at Lucia, Nonna, Driftwood, Spoon, etc. but want something with a cool, trendy, fun vibe as well as good food (we don't get out much so this will be our big night out! Lol).
Also, if anyone has suggestions on good anytime dinners in my area, I'd love to hear about them. I've read some of the posts about Private Social, the tapas restaurant in the S+T neighborhood, pizza places. But would love more!!
Lucia is out.....you would need reservations especially for a weekend.
Driftwood would be a good option but I am not sure how the people watching would be. I usually hit up early evening and such as my wife and I have a small child. The food and service is very good.
I have yet to go to Spoon but it is high on my list. Not so sure about the bar scene at Spoon but Preston Center is making a come back as a destination dinner spot (Hopdoddy, Spoon and Blue Plate Kitchen). It would not be as lively as Greenville Ave, Park Lane, or Uptown/Lakewood.
I would say on of the Neighborhood Services would be a good bet on pretty straightforward cuisine but also have good people watching.
I am not sure how the food is at Nosh since they recently had a chef change, not sure if Avner went back into the kitchen?
Fearings would be another spot with lively bar scene and great food. I am not really into Dean Fearing's cuisine but someone new to the city might enjoy it. I went for dessert and rank it below the desserts that Omar Flores is making at Driftwood.
I tend to shy away from the crowds and focus on the food and service only.
I would opt for going all out at, say Royal Sichuan (Sichuan style Chinese) or La Me/Nam Hua (Vietnamese) for an inexpensive but delicious meal and be gorged maybe even have some leftovers. I would then hit up one of the cocktail bars or beer bars (not sure which you are into). If would opt for awesome drinks and food and not make any comprimises on both since you don't get out much.
Will you have means of transportation?
Lucia, Nonna, Driftwood, Spoon all have great food, but I'd say they tend to have an older, less trendy crowd.
I agree on FT33, Neighborhood services, and Fearings.
Lark on the Park
FYI - Private Social is no longer in business.
I've really enjoyed Si Tapas the most out of all the ones in the area (food wise, not people watching).
Personally I believe good taste is universal and is not prejudiced to your place of origin. : )
Keep in mind this person declared themselves a FOODIE and that is the basis for my recommendations. As a foodie i was bored with Fearings, despite the fact that the food was good, and this is why I call it everyday dining, it had nothing to do with the type of food served or the area of the country in which I live.
Thank you all so much for the suggestions! I agree with you all about good food and caring less about atmosphere usually... This is just a different type of evening! Yes, we have a car so can travel anywhere! I will look into all these places and let you know where we ended up.
The Meddlesome Moth is the most interesting "bar" that I have seen so far in Dallas that you can still relax at. Try the fried sweetbreads and also the bacon lollipop. I normally eat light but this is so good you will be thanking me. They also make drinks almost worthy of a master mixologist.
Spoon Bar & Kitchen \
If you order the right dish then the food is amazing. I have dined in Dallas' finest restaurants and the truffle dishes here rival any I have had. I almost did not go here based on one persons review and i would have missed out on a few perfect plates. The place is very expensive but I do not regret going at all.
Order the Truffle and Oyster soup it was FLAWLESS. Truffled penne pasta was surprisingly wonderful. Hudson Valley Foie Gras very good but much better at "Abacus". My mother had the seared fish and we agreed it was very boring. Beet salad was great and beautiful but it's a little healthy for me : )
Yea sorry i got you confused with someone else. The Black truffle risotto is amazing... But yea honestly I would go for the foie gras alone since it's as good as it gets. Full disclosure it has been like 2 years since I have been but i can see they are still doing the foie gras.