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Marilyn Monroe Looms Over Diners at This New Dallas Steakhouse

Plus so many new pizza places that we’ll never be able to keep up in your AM dining intel

A steakhouse dining room features white cloth covered tables, gold curtains, soft lighting, an in the foreground, a brass ram.
Brass Ram: an old school steak house spot.
Luis Martinez
Courtney E. Smith is the editor of Eater Dallas. She's a journalist of 20 years who was born and raised in Texas, with bylines in Pitchfork, Wired, Esquire, Yahoo!, Salon, Refinery29, and more. When she's not writing about food, she co-hosts the podcast Songs My Ex Ruined.

Chef Nick Badovinus has opened his ninth — that’s right, ninth — restaurant in Dallas. The man behind Town Hearth, Neighborhood Services, Montlake Cut, and National Anthem has opened Brass Ram in the East Quarter (er, that little spot of a neighborhood east of Downtown but not in Deep Ellum — it’s cool if we call this Downtown, right?).

Via a press release, Badovinus’s newest restaurant is described as an “homage to classic mid-century prime rib joints,” which means lots of brass, leather, exposed brick, horned rams as decorative accents, and a plethora of Marilyn Monroe photography in the private dining room.

He tells Eater Dallas of the plethora of Marilyn photos he was personally involved in selecting, “When it comes to Marylin Monroe, one image simply won’t do. We only do icons. At Town Hearth, it’s Elvis Presley; at Brass Ram it’s Marylin Monroe.”

For diners searching for the quintessential American steakhouse experience, the menu holds USDA prime beef, a tomahawk pork chop, a wedge salad, and a drinks menu with 70 bourbons and whiskeys.

A gallery of Marilyn Monroe photographs are displayed above a dining table.
It’s Marilyn for days in Brass Ram’s private dining room.
Luis Martinez

Brass Ram is at 2130 Commerce Street, Floor 2, Dallas, 75201. It is open Tuesday through Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5 to 11 p.m. Reservations are available through its website.

Poco Fiasco will open on December 1, and bringing a bacon and egg pizza that caught our eye (or maybe this is just a sign we should be eating breakfast).

The Harwood Hospitality Group (behind Happiest Hour, Harwood Arms, Te Deseo, and Dolce Riviera, among other spots) is opening this pizza and martini restaurant inspired by the pizzerias of Brooklyn, according to a press release. Chefs Taylor Kearney and JP Mancha are hoping diners in Dallas will line up for a New York-style foldable slice with a crispy crust — and we’d like to know how they’re planning to recreate that crust whose secret ingredient is typically acknowledged to be NYC water.

Diners can build their own pies or house pies like the Fig Favor with lamb, cucumber sauce, and fig jam or the Texan with cheddar, brisket, house barbecue sauce, and pickled red onions.

The best part: it will have a walk-up window.

A pizza holds fried eggs, bacon, and roasted cherry tomatoes.
Bacon and egg pizza with roasted tomatoes.
Kathy Tran

Los Angeles fave Pizzana has opened its first Dallas outpost. It’s a collaboration between Sprinkles Cupcakes founders Candace and Charles Nelson, and master pizzaiolo Daniele Uditi that offers neo-neapolitan pies, antipasti, salads, and desserts. The Dallas location even has a few exclusive items. Those are the affumicata pizza which is made using brisket from Pecan Lodge, smoked fior di latte, jalapeno, pickled red onion, and San Marzano barbecue sauce, and an apple crisp create with Texas-based whiskey Herman Marshall.

Two pizzas sit side by side, and a hand pulls a slice of a pizza with pesto and basil away from one pie.
Grab a slice at Pizzana in Dallas.

Pizzana is now open at 3219 Knox Street in Dallas. It’s serving pies and more Sunday through Thursday from 1:30 am to 10:00pm, and Friday and Saturday from 11:30 am to 11:00pm.