Remember when a gastropub—that ridiculous term for a bar with upscale food options—seemed like a novel idea? Probably not, because it seems Dallas is suffering from gastropub overload, with a new concept popping up nearly every other week. There's a massive 320-seater called Savor coming to Klyde Warren Park in the next six months, and Mockingbird Taproom, brought to you by the folks behind Primebar and Park Tavern (both self-professed gastropubs opened within the last year) will open in Mockingbird Station next month. Mockingbird Taproom's backing company, Restaurants America, is also planning a gastropub concept called Central Standard to open in the Design District.
Other new additions to the burgeoning gastropub scene: Union Park, which opened this summer downtown, and Cook Hall, which recently replaced the tragically closed Craft at the W Hotel. These new spots join more established places like the Meddlesome Moth in shunning the typical bar food items like cheese sticks in favor of 'elevated' fare like lobster corn dogs, rillettes and deviled quail eggs, with elevated price tags to match. The booming craft brew scene is certainly contributing to the gastropub craze, but how many different restaurants serving glorified bar food will the city really support? (And doesn't a great local beer taste just as good when paired with lowly jalapeno poppers?)
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