Steak and Seafood | Chicago-Style Chophouse Atmosphere | Freshly Baked Popover Starters
While You're Waiting
While You're in the Neighborhood
Before: Select a predinner drink from the dizzying selection of draft beers at Flying Saucer (14999 Montfort Drive).
After: Head down the street to Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar (4980 Beltline Road) for a night of dancing to the ivory-tickling tunes of A-list pianists.
If You Can’t Make It, Try This: Kenny’s Burger Joint (1377 Legacy Drive, Suite 120, Frisco, TX), where the owners of Kenny's Wood Fired Grill shift the spotlight to handcrafted burgers.
Rich Rogers’s favorite part of family meals was always after plates had been cleaned, when his Italian clan would kick back around the table and tell stories for hours on end. His grandfather, Peter Scardello, was a big part of that. Peter relayed to Rich the importance of a great meal, particularly the way it can knit family and friends together. So when Rich and Karen Rogers opened Scardello, it was only fitting that the artisan cheese shop be named after Peter. Today, Rich is following in the footsteps of his grandfather, cooking feasts for friends and family that often end with nibbles of cheese. It’s his way of keeping guests around the table long enough to swap stories, like his family did all those years ago. Scardello’s selection includes about 150 cheeses hailing from Europe and America, some from right in Texas. Though not all are farmstead cheeses, they’re all artisanal—that means handcrafted by humans, not made by machine or produced by accidentally leaving cattle in the hot sun. The cheeses rotate seasonally, but don’t worry if you don’t see the same goat cheese you grabbed last time. The shop’s happy to track your purchases, so you’ll know immediately whether your favorite’s in stock, and the staff will happily slice you a sample of any cheese in the case. That might make it a little bit easier when it comes time to order and they cut as hefty or petite a wedge as you like, straight from the wheel.
Scardello’s employees can also help customers match the perfect accompaniment with cheese, whether that means craft beer or wine, bread or crackers, or locally crafted goodies from Dude, Sweet Chocolate. For those who’d rather do it themselves, there are various classes available. These might involve anything from exploring the basics of cheesemaking to addressing the question of whether beer or wine goes better with certain cheeses—an age-old debate that brings most dairy-farm-family reunions to a heated end.
With a stay at Hotel ZaZa in Dallas (Oak Lawn - Uptown), you'll be minutes from ATT Performing Arts Center and Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. This 4-star hotel is close to American Airlines Center and Dallas World Aquarium.
Make yourself at home in one of the 146 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and minibars. Wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary, while CD players and premium TV channels are also offered to provide entertainment. Bathrooms have complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include laptop-compatible safes and desks, as well as multi-line phones with voice mail.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy body treatments and facials. You can take advantage of recreational amenities such as a 24-hour fitness facility and a seasonal outdoor pool. Additional amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access, a concierge desk, and wedding services. Getting to nearby attractions is a breeze with the complimentary area shuttle that operates within 5 mi.
Grab a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, which features a bar and a pool view. You can also stay in and take advantage of 24-hour room service. Relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge or a poolside bar. Cooked-to-order breakfasts are available for a fee.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, limo/town car service, and business services. Event facilities at this hotel consist of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available on request).
You'll be centrally located in Dallas with a stay at Hilton Anatole, steps from Dallas Market Center and close to American Airlines Center. This 4-star hotel is close to University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and Dallas World Aquarium.
Make yourself at home in one of the 1,606 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars and flat-screen televisions. Your room comes with a pillowtop bed. 32-inch high-definition televisions with cable programming provide entertainment, while high-speed (wired) Internet access (surcharge) keeps you connected. Private bathrooms have designer toiletries and hair dryers.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. You're sure to appreciate the recreational amenities, which include 2 indoor swimming pools, 2 spa tubs, and a nightclub. This hotel also features wireless Internet access (surcharge), a concierge desk, and gift shops/newsstands.
Grab a bite to eat at one of the hotel's 4 restaurants and 3 coffee shops/cafés, or stay in and take advantage of 24-hour room service. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a swim-up bar.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, a computer station, and business services. Planning an event in Dallas? This hotel has 349,000 square feet (32423 square meters) of space consisting of a conference center, conference/meeting rooms, and small meeting rooms. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available on request), and self parking is available onsite.
The New and the Old Worlds collide at Villa-O, creating a modern cuisine that draws inspiration from Italy's Amalfi Coast. Beginning with imported semolina flour and purified water, the chefs fashion each strand and tube of pasta before frying them in a wok, which lends a distinctive touch to the restaurant's otherwise familiar pasta dishes. Organic, locally sourced produce, free-range meats, and telekinetically delivered seafood show how the restaurant updates traditional Italian dishes by introducing contemporary flair.
Italian-born chef Vincenzo Indelicato remained true to his Sicilian culinary school training when designing Villa-O's menu. In addition to traditional, Neapolitan-style pizzas loaded with imported pepperoni or housemade sausage and baked in a wood-burning oven, the selection includes a handful of dishes that depart from the norm, such as the portobello mushroom fries that D Magazine hailed as "addictive." The restaurant's wine list is equally eclectic, featuring bottles from throughout the world (though emphasizing the vineyards of Italy and California).
The main dining room surrounds its polished teak tables with modern white chairs and, according to Gayot, uses its "open floor plan with shiny mahogany, serene blue hues and nautical prints to create a veil of vacation." A sense of Mediterranean escapism does seem prevalent at Villa-O. Chrome and cerulean stools line the bar, which gleams in the natural light that streams through the front wall's floor-to-ceiling windows. To get a bit closer to the sunshine, diners can grab a table on the shady patio and enjoy their meal while relaxing on a plush sofa or in a teak rocking chair.
Mabuhay, mahal, kumain is the motto of owners Chonnie Richey and Czarina Hounsel at Zen Bistro & Dessert Bar—Tagalog for “live, love, eat.” It’s an appropriate mantra for a bakery shaped by the sisters’ Filipino heritage with flavors collected from across Asia and comforting, homey treats such as cake balls. The latter have been raved about on the Cooking Channel's Food Crafters and in D Magazine. Each day, the kitchen rolls them from fresh-baked cake, frosting, and add-ins such as dark-chocolate cookie dough and fruit to create more than 10 classic and seasonal flavors including Filipino-inspired creations such as a purple ube yam variety. The spheres are then dipped in melted chocolate and decorated with more chocolate, colored crystal sugar, and sprinkles. At the dessert bar, customers can also reach for piles of stuffed cookies, gourmet cupcakes, and cakesicles—a fluffier, chewier version of icicles.
Asian flavors come into the forefront in a bistro menu of traditional Filipino dishes, Asian tapas, and bubble teas brimming with black tapioca pearls. The savory side of Zen’s mini-empire has attracted nearly as much attention as the sweets for dishes as bracingly authentic as the spicy beef caldereta—a tomato-based stew of potatoes, beef, and liver—and as American-influenced as the egg-topped Tocino burger, which made CraveDfw’s Comprehensive Dallas Burger Guide.