Hemingway once poetically described the incredible, metallic taste of an oyster, and any true seafood fan could agree. Landlocked means nothing in the world of culinary greatness, which is why Dallas still maintains a reputation of supplying quality, fresh-off-the-boat seafood that is as succulent and satisfying as any coastal eatery could offer. Check out these local spots for a great out-of-water experience.
Oceanaire Seafood Room
Sustainable seafood- now there’s something you wouldn’t see on the menu 10 years ago. But lately it’s been making an impact on every respectable culinary list in the Dallas area, and the Oceanire Seafood Room, inside the Westin Hotel at the Galleria, is a prime example. Try the “Black and Bleu” Texas Redfish with Onion Confit and Blue Cheese Butter, or the Seared Rare Marshall Island Big-Eyed Tuna with wakame and ginger.
Oceanaire Seafood Room, 13340 Dallas Pkwy, 972.759.2277, www.theoceanaire.com
If you must pass on the delicious fresh crab dishes at Trucluck’s, there are plenty of other tantalizing options to go around. Try the Hiramasa clean seas roasted yellowtail with baby artichockes and creamed leeks, or the Jalapeno Salmon Bearnaise, for those who like a little spice with their seafood. And your red meat-eating friends have creative options as well, like the perfectly cooked Oscar Filet with fresh blue crab meat.
Truluck’s, 2401 McKinney Avenue, 214.220.2401, www.trulucks.com
Dallas Fish Market
Ok, so you’ve got all your grilled, sauteed or baked fish dishes, but what about an appetizer of shashimi or succelent sushi rolls? Dallas Fish Market has you covered. Get all your faves with Spicy Ponzu, basil reslish and wasabi mayo dipping sauces, as well as Black Truffle Wrapped Chilean Sea Bass, Tiger Shrimp and Pan Seared Vietnamese Barramundi.
Dallas Fish Market, 1501 Main Street, 214.744.3474, www.dallasfishmarket.com
One of the newest fish-centric eateries in the DFW area, Eddie V’s has been making a splash on Oak Lawn Avenue next to the Equinox Fitness Center for a few months now. With nightly live music in the swanky bar area and a menu boasting anything from impressive Shellfish Towers to Parmesan-Crusted Lemon Sole, you’ll be hardpressed to find an unsatisfactory item in the bunch.Don’t forget to try the Banana Foster.
Eddie V’s, 4023 Oak Lawn Avenue, 214.890.1500, www.eddiev.com
Let’s not forget Cafe Pacific in Highland Park Village. It may be slightly less formal, given that “t0-go” lunch and dinner orders are mainstream, but that doesn’t mean they skimp on quality, presentation or taste. Truly, there is nothing more rewarding after an exhasting day shopping at HPV than a luxurious meal right across the way– especially with items like Sole Almondine and Roasted Corn Snapper on the menu.
Cafe Pacific, 24 Highland Park Village, 214.526.1170, www.cafepacificdallas.com