A go-to East Dallas hangout known for its great beer selection and laid-back atmosphere (think dim lighting, red vinyl booths, pool tables and a jukebox), Bryan Street Tavern is also recognized as having some of the best bar food in town. That’s particularly true of the thin and crispy-crusted pizza, offered with unusual toppings like buffalo chicken, blue cheese and celery or corned beef, sauerkraut and Thousand Island sauce. Beer-basted chicken wings are offered in a kaleidoscope of different flavors, ranging from mild to burn-your-face-off; other options include a Philly cheese steak topped with traditional Cheese Whiz, or a candied jalapeño-battered corn dog, all of which pair perfectly with one of the many local craft beers on tap. The dog-friendly patio’s picnic tables are packed when the weather permits.
All-important opening acts include the tableside-prepared guacamole ($12 if not dining on Tuesday or Wednesday), which is freshly sliced, diced, mashed, and smelted before the salivating eyes of feasters, or the classic Nachos Amador con Langosta, topped with lobster, black-bean puree, avocado, jack cheese, roasted-tomato salsa, and jalapeño jelly ($12). Brace your buttons for a mariachi-inspired bursting with one of Trece's main entrees. Options range from the vegetarian-friendly chile relleno vegetariano stuffed with spinach, goat cheese, and pecans ($18) to the hearty 12-ounce New York strip ranchero ($32), a mesquite-grilled cut topped with dark forest mushroom, morita-chile salsa, and chorizo.
Founded in 2010, the Wish Opera mounts productions that speak to contemporary audiences and sport the fashions of Canadian designers, sparing performers the indignity of having to don musty cravats and moth-eaten horse costumes. Rose Marie, an operetta set in the Canadian Rockies, tells the story of a French Canadian girl, an English Canadian miner, and the Mounties and misunderstandings that interfere with the course of true love. The 1,330-seat theatre’s ear-tickling acoustics enable Rudolf Friml and Herbert Stothart’s music and Oscar Hammerstein’s lyrics to keep the plot moving forward and ensure that “When I’m Calling You” stays in the audience’s brainpan for one calendar year.
Dish combines vibrant nightlife with thoughtfully conceived comfort fare, which can be found on a seasonally rotating dinner menu. Warm taste buds with sharable flatbreads or tickle them with black mussels, which take up residence next to chorizo, sweet tomato, and garlic ($13). For main-course meals, the Seared Jumbo Diver sea scallops squat with poached egg, pearl couscous, roasted sweet corn, and bacon ($24), and the Cobb Martini salad tweaks convention by adding grapes to the classic concoction of blue cheese, egg, and bacon ($11). Sides include truffle fries ($6) and three-cheese mac ($6). Although this Groupon is not valid for alcohol, Dish crafts creative cocktails with fresh-squeezed juices.
As a live DJ sends electronic beats skittering through Sushi Axiom's interior, a bartender skewers two lychee fruits for an exotic cocktail garnish. In the midst of the music and the colorful lights, Real Housewives of New York City alumna Kelly Bensimon and others have conducted meet and greets with hors d'oeuvres and cocktails. As the glamorous clientele mingles, chefs deftly slice sashimi and sample culinary traditions from across the world without finding passive-aggressive notes on the United Nations refrigerator. One recent fusion dish is the Asian jalapeño poppers, an appetizer that D magazine writer Jennifer Chininis praised for "the delicate crunch from the tempura, the heat from the sriracha, the coolness of the softened cheese.":