Stephan Pyles (Dallas, TX)
Why Come Here? Innovative fine dining, great downtown Dallas spot for business, parents or a date
Right Amount for 2: 3 ceviches, 2 entrees, dessert. Add another app if there’s a free loop on your belt.
When you think of “foodie cities” in the US, Dallas probably doesn’t come to mind. While you can certainly grab a great bite to eat while in town, it tends to be your standard steak, Tex Mex or deep fried anything at the State Fair. Stephan Pyles, one of Dallas’ best known chefs, breaks the trend at his flagship restaurant with all the innovative goodness a visiting (or local) foodie could hope for with playful and delicious rifts on classic Southwestern and Mexican fare.
The restaurant itself is large and well spaced, especially if you’re used to cramped NYC dining boxes. The decor follows the cooking’s blend of modern and southwestern elements including a central, glass-enclosed kitchen, stone and teracotta walls and art with vivid reds and yellows that are more Mojave than urban East Texas. The service is Texas fine dining appropriate: knowledgeable and friendly without a hint of pretension.
The menu is divided into 4 sections: ceviches, other apps, soups & salads and entrees. The ceviches are a specialty and pretty unique so I highly recommend the “Tasting of 3″ (or 6) option. Other specialties are denoted with a star on the menu but it seems hard to go wrong on this menu. Another nice feature: when we told them we wanted to share out two entrees, they served us each a plate with half of both entrees on it instead of making us pass one around. Ah, the little things.
Sous Vide Fried Chicken It shouldn’t surprise you they know how to do fried chicken right in Texas. The meat is juicy, the spice is just right, the sides are all top notch and it’s (appropriately) served with a delightful little biscuit.
Smoked Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin It’s hard to go wrong wrapping anything in smoked bacon and this was no exception. The mole was a little disappointing though as the blackberry flavor didn’t really come through.
1807 Ross Avenue (Akard & St. Paul Sts.)