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.
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus cranks up the knobs and disrupts power grids on its 2011 tour, treating fans to a electrifying night of fist-pumping anthems tinged with emo and bellowed with sincerity. From humble grassroots beginnings in Florida, where the band first charmed the fins off of whales with its Top 40 hit "Face Down," through its latest collection of jaunty angst, Am I The Enemy, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus has perfected its recipe of alternative rock and screamo, resulting in a affably schizophrenic pop that hits the heart, bends the earlobes, and thumbs its nose at noise ordinances. Fans eager for omniscience can attempt to sway the show via the band's set-list contest, which allows RJA devotees to vote for a song they'd like to hear in hopes of snagging two VIP tickets and a subscription to Grooveshark. Opening the concert, Memphis quartet Egypt Central sears through a fiery set of chugging metal, and Burn Halo stirs simmering angels in a slow cooker of rock.
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.
Eddie "Lucky" Campbell is a sucker for details. That's why, for any given cocktail on his eleven-chapter menu, he doesn't just have to muddle and pour ingredients—he also has to choose from several types of ice. The ice could be cubed, molded, flavored, or chipped from a gigantic block on the bar, where the stations "[look] more like a science lab," according to Crave. The Chesterfield is in no way a science-fiction venue, though. It's an homage to the early 1900s, when cocktails had their heyday in bars and speakeasies. The beaded chandeliers and exposed brick recall such an era, as do, of course, the drinks themselves. Eddie has arranged his menu by cocktail styles, ranging from sours to smashes to seasonal house specialties. Some promise a memorable tang, like the Derby Cocktail—Maker's Mark 46, honey, and grapefruit—whereas others boast spiced, strong flavors. The Navy Grog, for example, combines three types of rum with citrus and soda water instead of the seawater and fermented shark's tears that sailors traditionally use.
You can pair your chosen libation with a meal from the dinner menu, as well. Small plates supply chorizo empanadas for snacking, but there are also larger helpings of pan-seared scallops and New York strip steak.