Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Hattie's - Dallas, TX

LYD Recommendation: Give yourself some extra leisure time and stroll the streets of the Bishop Arts District before taking a seat in Hattie’s classy and comfortable atmosphere. With bars, knick-knack stores, and soda shops located on the same block, it will be easy to find something of interest before or after you grab a delicious meal at Hattie’s. Show up for Sunday Brunch with the family, lunch with the coworkers, or a cozy dinner date with the mister or missus!
418 North Bishop Avenue
Dallas, TX 75208-4657
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Oak Cliff’s Bishop Arts District is known for its eclectic shops and tasty eateries, and in the midst of it all is Hattie’s, an “upscale American bistro” known for its southern low-country influence. Hattie’s restaurant incorporates Oak Cliff artists’ works into the decor and creates a warm atmosphere. The environment of Hattie’s translates into the rest of the Bishop Arts District general feeling of comfortable classiness. The Bishop Arts District values itself as being a neighborhood and entertainment district where people can shop, eat, and enjoy each other’s company indoors and out. Located along the intersection of Bishop Street and Davis Street just southwest of downtown Dallas, the district was originally developed as an area of warehouses and shops in the 1920s and was travelled by way of trolley from downtown Dallas. By the 1930s, the Davis trolley stop became the busiest trolley stop. As the years progressed, this 2-city-block area quickly grew into a collection of interesting storefronts, schools, and promising property to own and lease. Bishop Arts District continues to undergo a revitalization process and transformation as the two blocks turn into a more urban environment celebrating local art, restaurants, and entertainment.

Start your down-home yet elegant meal off right with one of their uniquely tasty appetizers. Order the crispy Fried Green Tomatoes which are freshly sliced and firm green tomatoes dipped in bread crumbs and deep fried and served with fresh greens and a homemade buttermilk ranch. Move along their menu to the different entrees, salads, and soups to keep this high class dinner going at a steady pace. Hattie’s gives you a choice of fish, shrimp, chicken, pulled pork, steak, brisket and more. LYD recommends the Pecan-Crusted Catfish served with mashed potatoes and lemon butter sauce. Two huge fillets of pan-fried catfish are covered with mixture of shredded pecans and bread crumbs giving it an added crisp, crumble, and crunch. Alongside the fish were giant dollops of creamy, buttery mashed potatoes, with a homemade gravy of Hattie’s special lemon butter sauce giving the potatoes and fish a nice tangy flavor and added a zip and zing to the meal. Another tasty entree to try is the Tobasco Shrimp ‘N’ Grits with smooth-as-can-be creamy and buttery grits topped with pan-grilled shrimp and mixed with some good ol’ Southern flavor and spice. Just enough hot for you to start speaking with a country twang! If you’re feeling extra ravenous tonight, treat yourself to some added side, one of which should be the Four Cheddar Mac and Cheese. It’s a smokey cheddar cheese mixture of macaroni noodles and topped and baked with bread crumbs and finely chopped bacon. Mac and cheese so creamy and cheesy, you swear your Grandma was in that kitchen giving tips!

All this savory goodness is going to leave you parched and desiring something sweet, so get one of their unique cocktails and desserts. Everything from Hattie’s low-country menu is sure to attack the food buds in the most pleasing way, so make sure you ask the very attentive and informative staff for their advice on all their enticing options!

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