September 24, 2023


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5 new places to eat in downtown Dallas

Downtown Dallas is teeming with swanky eating places ideal now. Considering the fact that November, 5 new restaurants have opened inside of about 1,000 feet of a single one more on Commerce and Elm streets in Dallas.

The 5 dining establishments are so near to just one an additional, you could walk to all 5 and travel fewer than one mile. They are located in two major developments: The Thompson Hotel, which is within a renovated constructing named The National and the AT&T Discovery District, an expansive undertaking involving far more than a dozen dining places at the foundation of the AT&T planet headquarters.

This story begins with Hawthorn, the latest of the new places to eat. Examine below for aspects on the other 4.

Restaurateur Richard Ellman, who operates Dallas places to eat Oak, El Bolero, Pakpao Thai and Merchant Home, has had options to open up a West coast steakhouse in downtown Dallas for yrs. He signed the initial cafe lease inside of the AT&T Discovery District quite a few a long time back. His restaurant Hawthorn opened Jan. 15.

The Port Room at Hawthorn in Dallas is a private space for cocktail parties.
The Port Space at Hawthorn in Dallas is a non-public house for cocktail functions.(JASON JANIK / Exclusive Contributor)

Ellman describes Hawthorn as the opposite of an previous-college steakhouse: “It’s got a clean up, light really feel in the decor, it’s possible a single that men and women affiliate with the West Coastline,” he states.

The menu has 8 steaks on it, plus a “filet flight” — an $85 order, intended for one individual, and consisting of 3 distinctive filets.

Because of the restaurant’s id with lighter “West Coast” food stuff, as Ellman describes it, there is also a independent sushi and sashimi menu which is additional expansive than the steak choices. Hawthorn also has a raw bar, with oysters, caviar, mussels and octopus.

Some of Hawthorn's cocktails lean "healthy," says restaurateur Richard Ellman, like this organic goji berry and honeycomb margarita.
Some of Hawthorn’s cocktails lean “healthful,” suggests restaurateur Richard Ellman, like this natural goji berry and honeycomb margarita.(JASON JANIK / Unique Contributor)

The 6,000 sq.-foot cafe is at the corner of the AT&T Discovery District — the to start with point pedestrians will see if they’re going for walks to the improvement from the east facet of downtown Dallas. It was designed into the foyer of AT&T’s Whitacre Tower, and Ellman and his design crew spent many years introducing the kitchen and eating space in a house that “wasn’t originally designed to be a restaurant.” Its opening was delayed many periods.

The restaurant is stuffed with artwork, together with eight items from photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. The restaurant is also loaded with bursts of scarlet, impressed by the Hawthorn tree, which grows scarlet-coloured berries. A personal space called the Port Place is a majestic back place which is offered for non-public parties.

On Hawthorn’s opening day, Marcus Hagans, AT&T’s affiliate director for brand name encounter, claims in a assertion, “We are enthusiastic to share culinary discoveries and a couple favorites – wagyu meatballs and shrimp gyoza – with the metropolis.”

Hawthorn is positioned at 208 S. Akard St., Dallas. Dinner only, for now Ellman wishes to insert breakfast and lunch afterwards. Patio open.

Catbird and Nine at the National

Catbird is inside the Thompson Hotel in downtown Dallas.
Catbird is within the Thompson Resort in downtown Dallas.(Tom Fox / Team Photographer)

The sexiest cafe on this list, Catbird, is oozing with style. It is meant to really feel “like a non-public club without a membership,” suggests Jonathan Geffrard, the director of restaurants, bars and functions at the lodge, in an job interview in November. Positioned at the model-new Thompson Lodge in downtown Dallas, the restaurant has a large patio and a concise menu of little plates like pork stomach skewers and miso salmon. If you go, you’ll want to get a cocktail.

One particular ground under Catbird is Nine at The Countrywide, the Thompson Hotel’s next restaurant. Whilst Catbird is an evening place, 9 is open for breakfast, brunch and lunch. Dishes can be funky, like an appetizer of horchata-braised carrots with peanuts and mole sauce, but most are additional familiar: avocado toast, a double cheeseburger, a French dip and the like.

Catbird and Nine at the National positioned inside Thompson Dallas (which is inside a renovated constructing in downtown Dallas named The National), at 205 N. Akard St., Dallas. Nine is on the 9th floor Catbird is on the 10th. Dinner only. Patios open up.

At Thompson hotel in Dallas, a restaurant and bar on the tenth floor named Catbird is opening at the end of November.

Ounce and Ichi Ni San

Ounce, a restaurant in downtown Dallas' AT&T Discovery District, sells a burger created by chef Brian Zenner.
Ounce, a restaurant in downtown Dallas’ AT&T Discovery District, sells a burger developed by chef Brian Zenner.(Kathy Tran)
Ichi Ni San is a non-traditional Japanese restaurant from chefs Peja Krstic and Somnuk Gatesuwan.
Ichi Ni San is a non-traditional Japanese cafe from chefs Peja Krstic and Somnuk Gatesuwan.(Kathy Tran)

Again at the AT&T Discovery District, two eating places have opened on the next floor of the food stuff corridor. Ounce and Ichi Ni San are explained as two dining places in a single. Ounce is motivated by the “robust flavors of Texas blended with influences from the lively cuisines of Europe and the Mediterranean,” suggests chef Brian Zenner. He earlier labored at Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas and is now the food hall’s corporate chef.

On Ounce’s menu are lamb tartare, duck confit and steak frites.

At Ichi Ni San, chefs Peja Krstic and Somnuk Gatesuwan have made a Japanese cafe with some twists. There are rice bowls with crab or tuna, 7 sushi rolls, four hand rolls, and more substantial plates like complete grilled fish and pork rib katsu.

For both dining establishments, director Alex Fletcher has made a fleet of cocktails. Consumers can also peruse the checklist of pricey cellar wines.

Ounce and Ichi Ni San are found at 211 S. Akard St., Dallas. Supper only. Patio open up.

For additional meals news, observe Sarah Blaskovich on Twitter at @sblaskovich.

Ounce, a restaurant in downtown Dallas' AT&T Discovery District, will sell a burger created by chef Brian Zenner. Ounce is expected to open Dec. 16, 2020.