West Dallas mega-development Trinity Groves continues to dominate in the arena of new restaurant openings: Next up is AmberJax, a seafood restaurant-slash-market from husband and wife team Larry and Karen Williams.
According to a press release, Larry, who did time in the kitchens at both Houston's and Rex's Seafood, "sources the seafood for AmberJax all over the world, receiving shipments daily from Hawaii, Alaska, South America and more." The setup sounds similar to what you'll find at Rex's or TJ's — a full-service restaurant along with a market offering "the freshest fish, seafood and prime beef, along with healthy, ready-to-heat soups, gumbos, stocks, sides and sundries."
Meanwhile, the dining room menu has a bit of Cajun and Creole flair with dishes like shrimp and grits and New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp po'boys, plus some fancier fare like filet Oscar (beef tenderloin topped with lump crab and hollandaise), lobster mac and cheese (sorry, Leslie Brenner), and seared scallops with lemon beurre blanc; there's also a full bar. (Scope out the full menu here).
Will AmberJax prove to be a worthy destination for seafood fans? Its proximity to downtown — less than two and a half miles — could make it a convenient stop for area residents who want to pick up something for dinner after leaving the office; regardless, it's yet another step forward for Trinity Groves, which now boasts Spanish food, a craft beer haven, Moroccan cuisine, an eclectic "gastro bistro," barbecue, a "permanent pop-up" restaurant, a hot dog spot, a craft brewery, and soon, Latin-Asian fusion fare and a chocolatier, not to mention Nick Badovinus' Off-Site Kitchen, Italian food, a tamale diner, a joint specializing in "baked potato creations," a kombucha tea bar, a cheese shop, a cakery, and Lord only knows what else. Bravo, Phil Romano.