Paleo with Punch

HG Sply Co.

Terri Taylor
July 08, 2013

HG Sply Co., 2008 Greenville Ave., 469.334.0896;

Hunt. Gather. Go Paleo at HG Sply Co., the new back-to-basics bar and grill on revitalized Lower Greenville. Sit and watch the world drive by from a sidewalk table, or head inside, where the interior is playfully postmodern with century-old brick walls, Edison bulb light fixtures and furnishings crafted from salvaged freight cars. “We thought we wanted a simple sports bar,” says co-owner Elias Pope, “but we ended up with much more.” Taking their cues from the popular Paleo diet, Pope and chef Paul Niekrasz have assembled a menu of healthy ingredients plucked from mankind’s earliest plates, or foods Fred Flintstone would recognize … if he had a chef. Think meats inspired by the Stone Age hunt — Texas venison with spiced apples or bacon-wrapped pork shanks with nectarine relish. Gathered fruits, roots and veggies appear in side dishes, as evidenced by crispy baby artichokes, sweet potato hash and Brussels sprout chips, all sourced from small farms and ranches using local and organic growers when possible. The fresh-is-best philosophy extends to the drink menu – a standout is the Moscow Mule with Effen vodka, lime and ginger kombucha. There’s also an impressive list of Texas craft beers. “We don’t feature them because they’re local,” Pope says. “They’re featured because they’re great.” From the back patio, a long stairway leads to rooftop tables and a clear view of the Dallas skyline – an urban sight to impress the most jaded Neanderthal.