It’s hard to determine what’s more impressive about Artin’s Grill—the food or the atmosphere. Casually refined, the interior is warm and cozy, with modern artwork hanging on mocha-hued walls and plenty of rich mahogany and glass textures scattered throughout. The unmistakable aroma of wood-grilled steak typically floods the softly lit space, encouraging diners to order a USDA prime fillet, or perhaps a Texas rib eye—both staples of the grill’s dinner menu. And while the classic steakhouse route is hardly regrettable, the chef’s take on comfort food—he adds an Asian twist—is a sure winner. Braised beef short ribs paired with mushroom mac 'n' cheese. Sesame-crusted ahi tuna seared and served over wasabi mashed potatoes. These and other items capture both comfort and elegance in one fell swoop. The Scottish salmon easily won over Mark Stuertz of Dallas Observer, who deemed it “moist and scorched into perfect poise, the smoke acting as a negligee to arouse engagement with the salmon.” And because comfort food is nothing without dessert, the kitchen sates sweet cravings with decadent coconut sesame-bread pudding, drizzled in Malibu rum sauce.
When guests at Steve Field’s order the roasted prime rib, they wait tensely to hear the server’s response. That’s because there’s only a limited amount available each day—the slow-roasted meat is hand-carved to order, and when it's gone, hopeful diners are out of luck. That’s not the case with the prime steaks, however, a constant supply of which is on hand to complete a 28-day aging process before being plated with loaded baked potatoes. Carnivorous patrons can also cut their teeth on lemon chicken or Australian double lamb chops, both free-range. The menu is balanced by a selection of seafood, which includes cold-water Australian lobster tail as well as fresh Maine lobsters. Other seafood dishes have similarly diverse origins, from Alaskan king crab to Atlantic salmon to pecan-crusted trout from Idaho. Over in the Lobster Lounge, guests and misguided crustaceans can sip one of nearly 150 wines as they listen to nightly performances from live pianists.
Like a surname, a collection of family recipes often gets passed from one generation to the next. That's certainly the case at Brother's Pizza, which not only has a familial reference in its name, but its chefs also rely on third-generation recipes to make their authentic Italian dishes. One main draw is the restaurant's New York-style pizza, famous for its thin crust and ability to hail any cab when flung at the windshield. In 2013, it was ranked #1 in a local pizza crawl. Brother's diners can fill up on many pizza combinations inspired by the Big Apple, or on more than 10 other gourmet pizzas. Pastas with chicken and seafood are also hits here, and a BYOB policy makes it easy to sip a favorite drink with dinner.
Tiki columns and decorative fins enhance the tropical atmosphere inside Soulfish Grill, where the catch of the day is always flavorful fish entrees. Salmon, mahi mahi, and ahi tuna plates compete with shrimp and fish baskets with hush puppies for the title of most filling meal. For a taste of spice, try a Louisiana gumbo with crawfish and sausage or nibble on a serving of grilled or tempura-battered fish or shrimp, which fill baja tacos and tostadas. Finish off the meal with a Southern-style slice of key lime or pecan pie.
A staple in the Dallas eating scene since before the first location in Oak Cliff was cool, La Calle Doce opened in 1981, just ten minutes from downtown. Set inside a renovated former home, the original location on 12th Street is near to bursting with relaxed charm. Each cozy, wood-floored room offers up a couple of white tablecloth spots for simple dining, while sunlight pours in and homey touches – think hutches filled with china, decorative wallpaper – round out the experience. Offering some of the best Tex¬-Mex food in town, La Calle Doce pushes plates of saucy seafood and fresh ingredients, served in tacos, sopas, cocteles or as standalone plates.
Ruggeri’s Italian Kitchen’s experienced culinary crafters whip together an expansive lunch and dinner menu brimming with homemade Italian dishes. A plate of thin spaghetti ties tongues in a web of noodles and slow cooked bolognese sauce ($16) while a meal of italian sausage and peppers serenade mouths with a harmonizing trio of bell peppers, onions, and tomatoes ($18.95). The pescatore diavalo ($19.95), a savory blend of shrimp, calamari, mussels, scallops, and artichoke hearts, bobs in a pool of marinara sauce to give land-locked tongues a more authentic taste of the sea than a fricasseed ship hull. Though Ruggeri's offers an array of meat options, including chicken, veal, and beef, plantivores can sink their bicuspids into a tomato & blue cheese salad bedecked with fresh basil vinaigrette and shallots ($8).