Leslie Brenner fixed her critical eye on Nora, the new restaurant from the owners of North Dallas' Afghan Grill. A variety of lamb dishes, reasonably priced entrees, warm service and food that at first seems exotic but soon takes on the "soothing predictability of comfort food" all add up to an "incredibly likable" restaurant worth revisiting. [Dallas Morning News]
When talking menus, size does matter—according to Scott Reitz's review of Oak Cliff's Ten Bells Tavern, anyway. Ten Bells keeps their menu tight, and according to Reitz it pays off: Fine fish and chips made with flounder, an array of pickled eggs ("a hell of a lot more interesting than the deviled eggs that have taken over every bar menu in Dallas", says Reitz), and an "impossibly tender" prime rib sandwich all contribute to Anglophile owner Meri Dahlke's creation of "an excellent neighborhood pub on this side of the pond with a stamp of her own." [Dallas Observer]
D Magazine has high praise for Driftwood and its relaxed yet envelope-pushing approach to seafood. In a city where tuna and tilapia tend to dominate, Driftwood dares to offer inventive dishes like a grin-inducing grilled octopus with duck fat potatoes and beef tongue agnolotti served alongside halibut cheeks. Reviewer Todd Johnson notes that the "crudo selections are particularly adventurous", but skip the desserts for now. [D Magazine]
THE BLOGS: Susie Drinks Dallas scopes out the new drinks at the W's Living Room Bar, foodbitch offers her thoughts on Chicken Scratch, and Entree Dallas breaks down the burgers at Del's Charcoal Burgers in Richardson.
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