The most common way to experience the Deep South is to find a street magician and hope he pulls a shiny Louisiana state quarter from your ear. Today’s Groupon presents another option when there are no illusionists handy: for $20, you get $40 worth of creative southern fare at Horne & Dekker.
Horne & Dekker’s executive chef Corey Smith, born and trained in New Orleans, sates southern comfort cravings with deconstructed interpretations of classic comfort food dishes, earning the restaurant a spot on D Magazine’s Best New Restaurants in Dallas 2010 list. Diners dig into the revolutionary menu inside the restaurant or on the climate-controlled patio with hardcore delicacies from below the Mason Dixon line such as golden-battered deep-fried frog legs and fries ($10), along with mainstream munchies including the crisp-shelled fried green tomatoes ($7).
For a bigger bite, childhood-nostalgia inducing Dr. Pepper takes center stage, marinating juicy pork carnitas to caramelized tenderness ($16). Bolster unexpected entrees with a comforting bumper of succulent sides, including creamy mac ‘n’ cheese ($7) or cheesy scalloped potatoes ($8), while enjoying the restaurant’s local art and clever, but very inedible, canned-good table toppers. Home-baked red velvet cake takes on new life as moist, cream-filled twinkies ($7) that could easily defeat their lunch-box cousins in a sugary showdown. Horne & Dekker’s special brunch and Sunday supper selections award well-behaved appetites with straight-up comfort grub, including biscuits and gravy, beer-battered fish, and mom’s meatloaf ($16 per person).
2323 N Henderson Ave.
Dallas, Texas 75206