The amount of excellent food available in Dallas is dizzying, yet mediocre meals somehow keep worming their way into our lives. With your Eater Dallas editor dining out frequently, that means coming across lots of standout dishes and drinks that need to be shared.
Anthony Hsia joined Ellie’s Restaurant and Lounge in the Hall Arts Hotel as its executive chef and brought some fresh ideas to the Napa-inspired restaurant. Hsia’s range of experiences cooking in Germany, Italy, Taiwan, and California serves him well. Everything on the concise menu at Ellie’s has some inventive flourish or interesting moment that shows his personality.
The restaurant is currently serving its new fall and winter menu, from which I had the eggplant spread, which comes served with the trappings of and preparation of hummus and adorned with pomegranate seeds that added an enjoyable crunch. The coriander-roasted Icelandic cod took me back to my trip to Iceland, and the preparation of lentils held together in a bag of cabbage was visually stunning.
Did I pop into Sadelle’s in Highland Park to have brunch on a Monday? Yes. Was it wonderful? Also yes. I like to get plain old eggs Benedict and a mimosa because if a place can’t do that, it can’t do anything. I’m convinced the team at Sadelle’s can do anything.
I will tell everyone, in every possible way and on no uncertain terms: take yourself to Escondido Tex-Mex Patio and order the Tex-Mex pizza. Do it! When I went in, owner Jon Alexis told me it has quickly become the most popular item on the menu and with good reason. I love a Taco Bell Mexican Pizza as much as the next Doja Cat, but you know the non-fast food version will be even better.
Did I not feel like cooking a Monday night and go to Bubba’s for some of Dallas’s finest fried chicken with mashed potatoes and green beans? Yes. Was it wonderful? Obviously. If it’s been a minute since you visited Bubba’s as well, this is your sign to get yourself over there.