The pub portion of BRC Gastropub in the Heights is well represented, thanks to some 28 craft beers on tap along the bar, plus dozens of other varieties held below in bottles. There’s also a wine list as thick as an uncut slab of bacon, making the libations a focal point for this funky, red-printed space, where hanging lights loom low over high-top tables and a back patio offers simple communal seating. For fans of bacon – and who isn’t? – BRC’s “gastro” side serves housemade bacon jam that’s perfect for slathering on biscuits, while hefty hamburgers, a meatball mac ‘n’ cheese and unrestrictive milkshakes are enough to make any calorie counter sweat. Add a growler of local craft beer and call it a meal – or several meals in one.
The menus at Meddlesome Moth gastropub are just as eclectic as the stained-glass cathedral windows of pop culture icons behind the bar. Executive chef David McMillan relies on international elements to create such dishes as mussels simmered in French, Spanish, and Thai ingredients, along with fried hominy, tandoori lamb, bangers and mash, and pork belly with figs. Small plates heavily populate the menu to encourage communal dining and beer pairing, but the chef also designs his own gourmet versions of classic pub and brasserie fare, including pilsner-battered fish and chips and blue-cheese-topped steak frites. Co-owner and resident beer expert Keith Schlabs ensures that each menu listing includes its complementary brew, and also organizes themed beer flights to demonstrate which ales are the most aerodynamic. He curates a selection of more than 40 draft beers and 85 bottles, including rare cask ales. Once diners have decided, servers parade the dishes and their chosen pairings out on the covered outdoor patio or through a dining room that D Magazine describes as a "funky-cozy venture."
A young, hip crowd frequents Oak Cliff’s Nova, a Kessler Park gastropub that features some of Dallas’ best brick-oven pizza. Nova is a standalone space with a 1950s-esque exterior, and a chic, unruffled interior. Nova offers daily and weekly specials from mini sliders to New York strip Vietnamese style with baby bok choy, chili peanuts, cucumber, mint and roasted tomato-ginger sauce or lemongrass vinaigrette. As much neighborhood hangout as weekend haunt, the bar comes complete with beer and a special cocktail menu. There are also regular menu changes, so if you eat at Nova once, it could easily be different the second time around.
At Genghis Grill, cooks stir-fry more than 70 fresh ingredients to make healthy, flavorful bowls loaded with proteins and vegetables. Diners can mix and match ingredients to create customized feasts, or choose signature dishes such as the Thai Chicken bowl with chicken, veggies, and udon noodles in red curry peanut sauce. Nutrition-focused heart-healthy bowls, developed with the help of a dietitian, feature flavor combinations such as Sichuan-style bamboo beef or ginger-citrus shrimp.
As the name suggests, East Side Showroom is situated in Austin‰Ûªs vibrant East Side. A reflection of the neighborhood‰Ûªs bohemian spirit, this 1901 structure holds an eclectic, ever-changing art collection (including works from owner/metal sculptor Mickie Danae Spencer) and plays host to a wide-ranging mix of live music including gypsy jazz bands and tango, as well as steel drums and ukuleles for Tiki night. Black-and-white silent movies contribute to the restaurant‰Ûªs pre-War era theme, as well as pre-Prohibition cocktails that complement a ‰ÛÏslow food‰Û� devoted, shared plates menu. The ample cocktail selection is a blend of science and art, featuring all house-made syrups, infusions, tinctures and preserves.