Lowest Greenville Avenue: Two Of The Tastiest Blocks In Dallas

Lowest Greenville Avenue has gone from being a desolate strip of seedy bars and vacated storefronts to a sizzling dining mecca filled with sidewalk cafes, gastropubs and eclectic restaurants sporting rooftop terraces.

If you're off to an early start, stop in at Boulangerie by Village Baking Co.– where a creamy cappuccino and a few French pastries or sandwiches serve as the perfect pick-me-up.

Remedy, a modern day soda fountain eatery, serves everything from house-made sodas, egg creams and boozy shakes to upscale BLT's, burgers and southern fried duck confit. Bbbop Seoul Kitchen cranks out stellar bibimbop, as well as Korean fried chicken, handmade dumplings and kimchi fries.  
If you're craving fresh Maine lobster then Daddy Jack's Lobster and Chowder House is your stop. For Japanese food–Teppo Yakitori and Sushi Bar will undoubtedly exceed your expectations.

If you like Middle Eastern cuisine, your going to love the Afghan fare at Nora Restaurant and Bar. Be sure to reserve a spot on the rooftop terrace, it offers spectacular views of downtown Dallas. Nora's neighbor, HG Sply, touts a paleo-centric menu and boasts a similarly stunning rooftop view. Across the street at The Blind Butcher you'll find innovative dishes ranging from hand-crafted charcuterie to Quebecois poutine with foie gras. Clark Food & Wine Co. serves charcuterie and excellent small plate options. Last but not least, there's The Libertine Bar, one of the area's buzziest gastropubs, offering an amazing selection of brews and an equally outstanding lineup of food to pair it with.


The Libertine Bar-Lowest Greenville
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A Greenville Avenue mainstay since 2006, this popular gastropub offers a laid-back buzz, great people-watching and a host of events, ranging from beer and wine specials to tappings, pairing dinners, game-watching parties and family-friendly contests. For beer drinkers, Libertine's brew count runs the gamut from local crafts on tap to imported ales and lagers. And it doesn't skip a beat with its selection of wines, infused spirits and signature craft cocktails. Libations aren't the only draw-- the folks behind the bar place as much emphasis on food as they do on drinks. Here, vegans, vegetarians and die-hard carnivores can graze on everything from flatbreads with butternut squash, fig and bleu cheese to oxtail tacos, apricot glazed tenderloin kebabs and vegan quinoa burgers. Equally impressive is the weekend brunch line-up featuring champagne tipples for only $2.50.

Bbbop Seoul Kitchen
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This fast-casual eatery, wedged in next to Trader Joe's, is a top spot for locals craving a quick bibimbap fix. Here, diners can tuck into 8 different set-ups of the Korean staple, ranging from the traditional version with short rib to coconut curry with tofu and spicy chicken & dumplings. And if you don't like the configured choices, there's also the option to create your own from a wide assortment of goodies. However, it's not just bibimbap on offer here--the menu has a few wild cards up its sleeve, including crispy Korean fried chicken, smoked, glazed pork belly, and even samosa egg rolls. While it may be a counter service type of place, the food here is top-notch and its industrial-chic decor offers an appealing setting in which to partake in a few Asian beers or soju-based cocktails.

Daddy Jack's Lobster and Chowder House
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For over two decades this cozy, candlelit seafood tavern has been shelling out some of the most succulent lobster and seaworthy fare in town. The reasonably priced menu, an ode to the bounty of the East, West and Gulf coasts, runs from mussels marinara and New England style crab cakes to upscale classics like Alaskan king crab legs, grilled tuna and shrimp scampi. The lobster bisque-- a rich, velvety smooth treat – is deservedly acclaimed, as is the cioppino, (one of the daily specials)--featuring a tangle of lobster, clams, mussels, scallops, shrimp and tomatoes in a heavenly saffron spiked seafood broth. Even better is the aforementioned Maine lobster, which can be had with a loaded baked potato and vegetable for only $16.95--Monday through Wednesday. Don't leave anything to chance, book ahead before you come.

HG Sply Co.
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At HG Sply, which translates into hunter and gathering supply, gastronomes can fuel up on food that takes its inspiration from the Stone Age. But make no mistake, this hipster oasis of re-purposed wood and exposed brick isn't turning out the kind of fare your average caveman munched on a few million years back. Instead, you'll find more modern variations on the theme. While paleo-centric folks can gnaw on coffee crusted ribeyes with lemon & garlic roasted Brussels sprouts, locavores can customize their bowls with earthly goodies like caramelized parsnips and toasted cashew quinoa pilaf. Non-paleo options include jalapeno bratwurst with smoked bourbon-ancho-apple butter and pulled pork nachos. Though, spirits aren't usually part of the paleo plan, the libations here are worth a diet detour. The Double Under, with beet-infused tequila, lime and rosemary syrup, hits the spot. Trek up to the rooftop terrace where you can order a frozen version.

Teppo Yakitori and Sushi Bar
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Dallas has almost as many sushi restaurants as it does Tex-Mex ones, but not many live up to, and in this case, exceed expectations like this pocket-sized sushi-paradise does. And with its sleek decor and prominent sushi counter, Teppo would fit just as comfortably in a Tokyo suburb as it does on lowest Greenville. The chef, Tomoaki "Tommy" Nishigaya, not only sources excellent quality fish and seafood, he also possesses the skill in bringing out its best flavors. Soy marinated, torched toro is a regular crowd-pleaser, while Spanish mackerel, sea urchin and Kumamoto oysters are showcased as well. Not-to-be missed is the miso-marinated foie gras with toasted chopped pecan. But save room for the yakitori, which ranges from char-grilled chicken, duck and quail to beef, pork and organ meats. Desserts are equally interesting, especially the house made ice creams that come in flavors like black sesame with azuki beans or green tea.

Clark Food & Wine Co.
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When you're in the mood for well-constructed small plates served up in a convivial atmosphere, this much buzzed about eatery should be on your list. The menu, conceived under Randall Warder, a former chef at Dallas' five-star Mansion Restaurant, offers a slew of sharing plates and house-smoked options with a modern Texas slant. Along with items like saltine crusted oysters, smoked catfish dip and balsamic glazed brisket meatballs, you'll find everything from roasted marrow bones with truffle salt and salumi topped flatbreads to smoked quail and tofu. The restaurant also serves breakfast all day, as well as lunch and weekend brunch. Boozy choices include artisanal cocktails, local craft beer on tap and a selection of global wines. Save a spot for dessert: the sticky toffee pudding is insanely good.

Nora Restaurant and Bar
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Those who like to tuck into Middle Eastern cuisine will find an enticing flush of sumptuous stews, succulent kabobs and exquisite dips at Dallas' only Afghani restaurant. Here, you'll find familiar favorites like hummus and dolmas alongside kabobs of chicken, beef, shrimp and lamb. But it's dishes such as kadu buranee, an appetizer of sautéed pumpkin in a garlic yogurt and meat sauce, and mantoo, steamed dumplings filled with braised beef-- that distinguishes Nora's type of cooking from most other Middle Eastern fare. Unique sweets, like cardamom and rosewater flavored ice cream-- or firnee, a milk pudding flavored with pistachios, cardamom and rosewater, are too good to pass up. To drink, try an exotic martini with cardamom infused vodka and rose water. Be sure to reserve a spot on the rooftop terrace, it offers spectacular views of downtown Dallas.

The Blind Butcher
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Since this meat-centric haunt opened in 2014, hipster gourmands have been gladly squeezing into its handsomely, rustic space to savor a menu ranging from hand-cranked sausages and hand-crafted charcuterie to dolled up versions of Quebecois poutine. Executive chef Oliver Sitrin's seasonal menu is definitely more creative than most gastropubs. Witness a starter of thinly slivered strips of pig ears, fried crisp and served with lemon aioli. Diners can also tuck into everything from pastrami egg rolls, duck fat fries and shepherd's pie to veggie offerings like broccolini with black truffle fondue. To wash everything down, there's a selection of twenty-four artisanal brews on draft and another fifty by the bottle, as well as a roundup of wine and cocktails. Try to score a spot on the massive patio out back, it's one of the best places in Dallas to soak up a cold brew.

Boulangerie by Village Baking Co.
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Dallas' best bakery? The local Francophiles who stake out this bastion of baguettes think so, and with good reason. The shop's hearth-baked boules, crusty baguettes and buttery croissants are as good as any found across the Atlantic. Boulangerie also churns out lunchtime fare, including quiches, spinach/feta croissants, croque monsieurs and rustic style sandwiches filled with duck confit, cheese and jam-- all of which are best enjoyed on its lovely patio. Everyone raves about Boulangerie's kouign amanns, a flaky, buttery pastry coated in a crispy sugar crust. But, even better are the Bordeaux-style canelés-- bell-shaped cakes with caramelized crusts and custardy centers. Time it right and you could snag a fresh one straight from the oven.

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The folks behind Remedy have taken the traditional soda fountain concept into the 21st century by serving up-to-date versions of favorite countertop classics. You'll find house-made sodas in flavors like kaffir lime and Meyer lemon, sundaes topped with hemp seed brittle and an array of egg creams that can even be spiked with booze. And if you're hankering for something to help the fizz go down, Remedy has that covered too. Executive chef and former Top Chef contestant Danyele McPherson whips up everything from upscale fried bologna sandwiches and pork belly BLTs to shrimp with bacon-cheddar grits and southern fried duck confit. The sleek surrounds come complete with vintage soda fountains, plush banquettes and art deco chandeliers. Finish off with one of the sundae concoctions. Or if it's available, order a slice of coconut pie topped with swirls of meringue and candied coconut.


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