If you haven’t been to Stephan Pyles’ latest foray into international cuisine, now is your chance. Samar, arguably one of the best new restaurants of Dallas, is kicking off their “Samar Under the Stars” event tonight from 8-11 p.m., the al fresco late night happy hour to be held every Wednesday night now that the weather permits. Half-priced hookahs (yes, they have those), $2 off wines by the glass and specialty cocktails, and a glass of Sangria for only 5 bucks are on the menu for the evening, and together with their wicked cool tented patio and view of the new Arts District, this could conceivably be the most happening hump-day locale of the Spring.
Personally, I’m grateful for this. Since their opening night, which featured a harem of belly dancers and a steady flow of their Samartinis, the only time I have visited Samar (the Arabic word for “pillow talk”) was during one of the most blustery and freezing nights January in Texas had ever seen. At that time the patio was a joke, and all I could do was wistfully dream of warmer climes, sipping Sangria on those lounge chairs. Now that this fantasy can be made into reality I can’t wait to go back for their tapas-sized portions of Spanish, Eastern Mediterranean and Indian dishes. The idea is to encourage eating with conversation, so keeping the pint-sized portions coming throughout the evening is ideal. Try the Pimentos De Padrone, “blistered” green Spanish chiles with sea salt that have the perfect balance of spice and smoked flavor, and from India, the Rosemary Garlic Naan with Tamarind-Chipotle Chutney.
Samar is located at 2100 Ross Avenue at Olive Street; 214.922.9922