Texas Monthly’s Dozen Best New Restaurants in Texas. D Magazine’s Best New Restaurants in Dallas. Central Track’s 50 Best Burgers in Dallas. In the space of only a year, French bistro Boulevardier has landed on all of these lists, thanks to an arsenal of locally sourced ingredients, house-pickled vegetables, and Gulf seafood, much of it cooked on a wood-fired grill. Today’s Reserve selection invites you to taste what the critics have been praising with a three-course French dinner for two or four. For each person, dinner includes the following selections from the menu:
- One soup, salad, or Petit Plat
- One entrée from the Plats Principaux or La Grillade sections of the menu
- One dessert<p>
“Walking into Boulevardier…is like ducking into a bustling café in Paris,” according to the Dallas Observer’s City of Ate blog. Both food and decor contribute to the effect. Although much of the produce, seafood, meat, and cheese come from Texas, most of the techniques that unite them belong to the attentive but unfussy French rustic tradition. Starters include classics such as escargots, oysters, mussels, and beef tartare. Seafood also stars in larger dishes such as a bouillabaisse loaded with shrimp, clams, mussels, and baby octopus in a lobster-saffron broth. Meanwhile, the grill sears pork chops and burgers sculpted from Tate Farms grass-fed beef. Right now, the dessert menu’s pastries serve as settings for a cornucopia of summer berries, peaches, and other fruits.
Exposed brickwork, stout wooden tables, and huge, burnished mirrors all evoke the homespun charms of rural France. Small groups settle into the banquette that runs along one wall and fits seamlessly into the room’s palate of warm earth tones with its ochre, terra cotta, and magma-colored upholstery.