As the prospect of another week rears its head, we at Entree Dallas began to let our imaginations wander – an all-too-frequent habit – and started daydreaming of what foodstuffs and viddles might help us make the journey to Friday. We figured a few destinations might help provide a little culinary light to the Monday gloom.
Parking at and around Jimmy’s Food Store on Fitzhugh may be a little dicey during lunchtime, and finding a place to stand once inside might prove a little crowded, but those minor inconveniences are soon forgotten once you sink your teeth into the Italian Beef that the venerable Italian Market/Deli has to offer. Loaded with sliced roast beef, provolone, and a spicy giardiniera between a jus-soaked bun, this sandwich is a joy to eat, assuming you can find a seat (here’s a hint: there are seats in the back). And don’t forget to pick up some wine, anchovies and pasta on the way out; Jimmy’s has a unique and abundant selection of them all.
Little Katana may be diminutive when it comes to the size of the dining room, but it’s no small player on the Dallas sushi scene. Located on Travis just off Knox, Little Katana provides an intimate atmosphere that walks the line between upscale and casual. Chalkboard menus highlight specials of both the food and drink persuasion, while the sushi itself is presented with a skilled artfulness. The service may slow down a tad when it gets busy, but the genuine graciousness of the servers quickly erases any feeling of slight.
The Tavern on Main Street in Richardson is a particularly special place, mostly because it doesn’t try to be. Pool tables, Golden Tee and TVs tuned to whatever the best game is all hold prominent places, as do several foozball tables, which see tournament-style action on Thursday nights. Live music (we’ve heard mostly blues there) provides ambiance on Tuesdays and Thursdays downstairs, while the upstairs remains a comfortable haven for those looking for a few domestic drafts. No, you probably won’t find seven different local brews, and it’s not likely that the word ‘trappist’ has even been uttered there; The Tavern on Main Street is just a bar, plain and simple, like it says proudly on its facade – and it excels at being just that.