It’s been an unprecedented two years since Bon Appétit named Dallas the 2019 Restaurant City of the Year. But even through a pandemic, our city’s dining scene has persevered. With the overwhelming amount of recent openings (particularly in Deep Ellum, Bishop Arts, and downtown), it’s easy to forget that many in the industry are still struggling, but Texas restaurants have been innovating to provide the comfort food — and cocktails — we need. Now, it’s time to look forward to the Dallas restaurant news ahead.
From exciting openings to unfortunate closures (plus, any other food news we might find fitting), The Dallas Dish is your weekly helping of need-to-know North Texas restaurant news.
A new neighborhood bistro opens in Preston Center for lunch (with dinner to follow).
French for “the third place,” Au Troisieme comes from private chef and caterer Bobby Pollette. The new spot currently serves lunch Monday through Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm, and happy hour from 3 pm to 6 pm. Dinner is coming soon.
Au Troisieme’s current menu features New American cuisine with worldly influence. Items range from Bang Bang Shrimp to a Kimchee Reuben. There’s also a blackened tuna with Asian noodle salad and steak frites just for lunch. The cocktail menu features 10 kinds of drinks including a Cafe Ole (mezcal, espresso, Kahlua, egg white, and shaved dark chocolate), the Au Cuban with rum, and a tequila Watermelon Splash.
Steam Theory Brewing Company goes virtual.
A Trinity Groves Dallas taproom has closed its doors due to strains from the pandemic, according to the Dallas Morning News. But although it won’t physically be with us anymore, Dallasites can still get Steam Theory brews online. For the last year, owners Chuck Homola and Jonathan Barrows have been running a virtual brewery in collaboration with North Carolina’s Bevana.
Customers can still have their favorite beers mailed straight to their door. Just order from the online store.
A new rooftop bar, Sky Blu, debuts in the Design District.
Sky Blu, a new rooftop bar at Tru by Hilton Dallas Market Center, opens on Thursday, June 23 in the Design District. The new spot features fire pits, lounge seating, and incredible views of the city. The cocktail menu offers seven signature concoctions, including Normal Clothes (mezcal, charred pineapple, lemon, and habanero shrub) and Frozen Delta with tequila, coconut cream, blue curacao, and lemon. You’ll also find a few classic cocktails at Sky Blu, as well as wine and beer.
Popular Cedars dive bar, Lee Harvey’s, opens a pool bar across the street.
Lee Harvey’s Dive In, a swim club with cocktails and snacks, is now open across the street from its namesake bar. The private social swim club costs $5 to $15 for a day pass or $350 to $500 for a season membership (May through September). Kids are only allowed until 5 pm, so the adults can take over on evenings.
Apart from drinks, the Dive In food menu features a variety of summery options: charcuterie, ceviche, truffle popcorn, salads, pulled pork sliders, nachos, hot dogs, and so much more.