Well-heeled Uptown crowds flock to Ocean Prime for ultra-fresh seafood and fancy cocktails. Hardwood floors, an impressive stone fireplace, white tablecloths and slick modern lighting set the scene for extravagant dishes like a “smoking” shellfish tower, deviled eggs dressed up with truffles and caviar, twin lobster tails over asparagus and Chilean sea bass with whipped potatoes and champagne truffle sauce. Red meat lovers will be taken care of here as well, with gargantuan plates like a Maytag blue cheese-crusted bone-in filet, and in true steakhouse fashion, they offer a whopping five different varieties of potatoes, including lobster and jalapeno au gratin varieties. Round things out with a bottle from the California-heavy wine list and perhaps a slice of ten-layer carrot cake.
For a classic steakhouse dinner that’s guaranteed to impress your boss, your family or a first date, look no further than Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille in Dallas. Art Deco chandeliers, a wall of wine bottles – more than 5,000 in all – and plush carpeting scream Uptown swank, while the effortlessly amiable staff provide tips and tricks for navigating the menu. Start off with ahi tuna tartare served with wonton crisps, or the signature fried asparagus: crispy spears crowned with jumbo lump crab. While freshly-cut prime steaks – including an impressive-looking bone-in cowboy ribeye – are obviously the centerpiece at this upscale eatery, many folks opt for the massive pork chop, carved tableside and flanked with housemade applesauce. Whichever way you go, lobster mac ‘n’ cheese and au gratin potatoes with a crispy browned top make worthy accompaniments.
The name of this popular Uptown pizzeria really tells you everything you need to know. The “Coal” part refers to the coal-burning oven that gives the pies their characteristic charred, crisp edges and chewy center, while the “Vines” is a nod to the wine bar aspect. In regards to the pies, all the usual pizza suspects are available alongside a few surprising options, including the Bolognese pie, topped with a lasagna-esque combo of rich bechamel and saucy ground beef. The expansive wine list focuses on big names like Stag’s Leap, 14 Hands and Cakebread, and pours are available by the glass. When the weather’s nice, grab a seat on the breezy patio, but otherwise the dining room’s brick walls and dark wood make a perfectly cozy date night setting.
The heavy, hand-carved door stands between guests and the pool. Guests admire the intricate designs as they swing the door open, bathing themselves in sunlight that reflects off the cream-colored ground. The pool is a radiant turquoise, and people lounge around it in the shade of cabanas, sipping cocktails and nibbling on summer melon salads with mint and fennel. Between dips in the pool, guests can drift indoors and munch on mesquite-grilled lobster for dinner or tiramisu french toast for weekend brunch. At night, the pool glows as DJs spin dance beats and guests unwittingly flirt with the cacti in the cactus wall.
Ellen?s Southern Kitchen satisfies cravings for hearty meats as well as the spicy flavors of southern food. Succulent catfish stands out on the menu?whether it?s fried or blackened?and a wide selection of vegetarian sides includes smoked mac 'n' cheese. Chicken fried steak is served for lunch and dinner while breakfast diners can enjoy biscuits and gravy or poached grits with two eggs, applewood smoked bacon, and spinach.
Old meets new in the best possible way at Primebar. The decor is the very picture of modernity, but the doors and light fixtures are all recycled and salvaged. The exposed brick and cozily low lighting wouldn't be out of place in a 19th century alehouse, but the rows of plasma televisions staves off fears of accidental time travel. And the menu features old-fashioned meals reinvigorated with delicate modern touches. Take the salmon B.A.T.: the perfectly grilled fish nestles under tomato, applewood bacon, fresh arugula, and a tangy lemon aioli. Or the classic philly sandwich, which comes alive on a ciabatta packed with white American cheese, red bell peppers, and a mustard blend. Pork chops gleam under a rosemary-apple glaze, and the southern-fried cast-iron chicken finds a perfect mate in loaded mashed potatoes and chipotle-honey butter. That's not even counting the drinks: more than 40 draft beers stretch on for hours behind the bar, which also flaunts an upscale wine list.