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.
This West Village spot across the street from The Magnolia theater opened a year ago this month, and has since striven to prove craft isn’t just a word they throw around loosely, but a culture they try to promote. While the food is is intended to be not only a destination for locally sourced, creative and accessible cuisine, but a hotbed for creativity in general. Local beers and original are dwell happily next to each other in the downstairs dining area, and the the celebration of things artisan at Union Bear extends, appropriately, to the kitchen and even directly to the food. Union Bear searches diligently through the city and state to find the purveyors they believe provide the best options for what goes into their kitchens. What comes out are classic dishes in a style unique to Union Bear, with all of the entrees priced below $20. We’re patial to the Cubano – a play on the classic cuban, with pickled jalapenos and house-made picnic ham.
Wild About Harry’s
While we are still mourning the loss of Bowery, the consolation Wild About Harry’s has to offer provides a dose of comfort. This Knox mainstay certainly doesn’t offer options as sophisticated as that of the now-defunct Bowery, but it seems that there’s always going to be a market for hot dogs covered in chili and shredded cheddar. Oh, and the ice cream probably helps, too.
As another afternoon passes at Pearl Cup, the empty seats are snatched as soon as their previous occupant leaves, and it seems that the Henderson location of this growing coffee chain could use a little expansion itself. Nonetheless, the line grows as Pearl Cup customers chat in the laid-back atmosphere, where business meetings, social appointments and homework all seem to be going on at once. No matter the company, it’s the signature Pearl Cup that latte seems to be the bait that brings so many people back.