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Jasper's Makes a Comeback, & More Reviews

Leslie Brenner revisited Jasper's: Though her last review of Kent Rathbun's backyard-chic spot at the Shops at Legacy merited just one measly star, this time around she found a lot more to like. The popular Maytag blue cheese potato chips are "crisply wonderful" as they should be; salads are "pretty and well-dressed," and proteins from pork belly to trout are capably prepared. Meat shines here, including prime rib and "wonderfully meaty" baby-back ribs. (Skip the chicken-fried duck, though.) Butterfinger creme brulee makes a fittingly sweet end to a three-star meal. [DMN]

Scott Reitz went to Smyth: Though it's not an ideal spot for solo-drinking or meeting new people, he's a fan of Michael Martensen & co.'s "pimped-out basement" that "evokes the halcyon days of three-martini lunches and chain-smoked cigarettes." Relay your drink preferences to your bartender and you'll likely end up with something "balanced and delicious," whether it's a gin martini, Ramos gin fizz or something new entirely. "A proper doorman to replace that impersonal call box" and better bussing of tables could take Smyth to James Beard award-worthy levels. [Observer]

Nancy Nichols reviewed The Slow Bone: The new Design District barbecue joint from burger master Jack Perkins "is a cool place to have a beer and hang out," and the majority of the barbecue, particularly the "luscious and soft" moist brisket, is excellent. Sides like hush puppies and green bean casserole are better at peak times, but the cold pea salad is reliable. [D]

[Photo credit: Jasper's/Facebook]

The Slow Bone

2234 Irving Boulevard, Dallas, Tx 75207 214-377-7727 Visit Website

Smyth

4513 Travis St., Dallas, TX 75205 214-520-0900

Jasper's

7161 Bishop Rd G1 Plano, TX 75024

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