Bishop Arts District is one of my favorite spots in town because of the sheer number of things to do there. Why spend all of your time at one restaurant when you can do a progressive dinner, ending in short walk-off-your-delicious-dinner stroll to Emporium Pies for dessert!?
Emporium Pies is run out of an enchanting tiny old house at the outskirts of Bishop Street. Typically, there is a line of people waiting to order their delicious piece of the pie at almost all times and there is even live music outside while you wait. With that said, I definitely recommend arriving earlier in the evening rather than later as their best flavors run out quickly. I have still not been able to enjoy their version of apple pie!
Anyway, the sweet smell wafting through the doorway immediately grasps you and pulls you and your taste buds into the small dining room. The menu on the wall makes your mouth start to water, especially upon reading that you can add a scoop of ice cream, with a side of coffee or tea, to your order. My pie-taster-extraordinaire boyfriend had the Father Christmas, a peppermint pie with chocolate cookie crust – umm, yumm! – and I opted for the Merry Berry pie, a mixed berry pie with walnuts and the most melt-in-your-mouth crust I have ever had. I asked them to warm my pie up too before enjoying which made it that much better!
Needless to say, that pie didn’t last long after that picture was taken!
(Feature photo credit to Emporium Pies. Those pies featured are out of the oven and ready to go now if your hungry!)
One of my favorite places for a refreshing drink on a hot Texas day at a reasonable price is Eureka! in Uptown, Dallas. It has a constantly changing variety of crafted beers for anyone looking for a custom beer flight, and their mixed drinks are light and full of flavor.
The last time I went, I enjoyed the below fig, goat cheese, & bacon burger with melt in your mouth honey drizzled sweet potato fries! (Just looking at it makes me want to go back!). I topped it off with my favorite signature cocktail on their menu, the Caphuchin’s Ruby Red with grapefruit juice and rosemary.
We also had a beer flight and Caphuchin’s Greyhound: Vodka, mint, basil, and maraschino – yum!
If you go with a group. Eureka! has some great plate for sharing such as their Nacho Average Nachos, Lollipop Corndogs, and taco bar.
If you are looking for a delicious spot for happy hour or a yummy bite to eat, you can’t go wrong with Eureka!
If you haven’t been to the Trinity Groves area in Dallas, it is an adorable little area across the Margaret Hunt Hill bridge, consisting of one long warehouse full of little restaurants. There is a patio that goes the length of the warehouse which you walk down, passing each restaurant and it’s menu along the way, to pick out the perfect cuisine for your evening. This place is perfect for progressive dinners with friends or a delicious date night!
Some of my favorite spots there are listed below with links to their sites and my corresponding blog posts on what to get at each place:
I would love to hear your suggestions and experiences too so feel free to comment away!
I love sushi, but unfortunately, my boyfriend does not. To get around that, I always suggest getting sushi when catching up with my friends or doing girls nights to get my fix. Fortunately, I was lucky the other night when one of my friends replied “yes!” to meeting at Sushi Bayashi in the Dallas Trinity Groves area.
We started with some happy hour sake since their happy hour is from 5-7 everyday, even on the weekends! Love that. And after perusing the menu of tempting entrees, we decided on three rolls:
- A spicy tuna roll – this roll was yummy but a typical tuna roll. If you are into the basics, this roll is not a bad option.
- A coconut crusted soft shell crab roll – Soft shell crab is, by far, one of my favorite Japanese dishes and, mixing those flavors with coconut and a peanut dipping sauce, is a culinary feat. I will be day dreaming about this roll until I go back for more!
- An eel roll with basil cream and eel sauce drizzle – You must try this roll! My dinning companion had never had eel and couldn’t get enough of this roll, so naturally, we had a chopstick fight to determine winner of the last few pieces. The picture of this roll, featured below, does not to it justice (got to love ambiance lighting that doesn’t bode well for picture taking), so feel free to order it, take a picture of your own, and post it below with how much you love this roll too!
A few things to note –
- The rolls range from $7-$24, a little more pricey than usual. Our specialty rolls were about $14 – $15 each but totally worth every penny.
- The online menu is complete from the entrée side, but not for sushi. I heard great reviews about this place but was a little worried after looking online and not seeing many roll options. Rest assured, the sushi menu is much more flushed out when you are actually at Sushi Bayashi.
Overall, if you are a sushi lover like me, Sushi Bayashi is basically guaranteed to be a winner in your book too!
I have a habit of being early to things and, the other night, I was about 20 minutes early to a dinner at Sushi Bayashi in the Trinity Groves area of Dallas. I decided to walk around and check out the area and came across Kate Weiser Chocolate. I am a self-proclaimed choco-holic – 100% addicted to coco – so of course, I had to go in.
The chocolates in the display case were little pieces of art. I started chatting with the lady behind the counter and she told me all about how the chocolates are all hand painted. They were in the process of painting some of the chocolates while I was in the store and invited me back to watch their process. It was really interesting and I couldn’t wait to see if the chocolates tasted as delicious as they looked. The chocolatiers paint on a regular basis and you can see the process take place from the shop, so I definitely recommend watching the process when this happens!
From Caramelized Pineapple, Mango Habanero, Lavender Apricot, to Fresh Mint, the flavor profiles are creative and delightful. I bought some Strawberry Basil, Passion Fruit, and Truffle Honey chocolates they completely melted in my mouth. Absolutely delicious.
In all, if you are looking for a tasty chocolate treat for you or a loved one, Kate Weiser Chocolate are sure to take you to choco-holic heaven.
For any parties greater than four, I always recommend my favorite Spanish tapas place: Casa Rubia. With a complex menu of seasonally changing deliciousness, you can get a scrumptious assortment of meats and cheeses to pair with a glass of Spanish wine for an appetizer, and then continue the fun in a mix-and-match shared plate feast.
Coles de Bruselas
Rossejat – Spanish calamari at Casa Rubia
Our night in a tasty nutshell:
- Chicken Liver Mousse, Macetilla Vinaigre, pickled vegetables, two cheeses, and mixed Spanish olives so delectable they converted the non-olive eater in our party to an enthusiast!
- Crispy Artichokes, Meyer Lemon, Fresno Chile Mojama, Saffron Aioli (featured above)
- Cape Cod Mussels, Sour Orange, Sherry Herbs, Smoked Trout Roe, Dill Potato Chips
- Crispy Brussel Sprouts, 44 Farms Beef Belly, Mojo Picon, Scallion, Mint, Pomegranate (featured above)
- Toasted Fideos, Chistorra, Gulf Shrimp, Crispy Calamari, Charred Citrus Aioli (featured above)
- And, my new personal favorite, Cauliflower Confit, Red Onion Marmalade, Capers, Olives, Pimenton Crumb, Rosemary Brown Butter
Another perk of this restaurant gem is that it is in Trinity Groves, so you can walk off your meal by checking out the resultants down the patio for your next food experience!