The power lunch. If you’re not having it, you’re wanting it. Closing that awesome deal over a plate of succulent lobster, making that crucial contact and celebrating with a great bottle of cabernet (powerful people get thirsty, too.) It’s not only an effort to better your business: the power lunch is about being in the center of the daylight social scene, the equivalent to being on the right side of the velvet ropes at midnight. So where are you making reservations today? Here’s a few ideas, just in case your assistant is too busy picking up your dry cleaning.
1 Stephan Pyles' Samar
It doesn't have to be a mid-day meal to make you feel powerful at Stephan Pyles latest venture Samar-- but a power lunch here is definitely on the to do list of many downtown big wigs. Maybe it's the central location, or the myriad of tapas-style dishes from the lands of the Mediterranean, including roasted monkfish and grilled chicken in a Catalan roasted vegetable sauce, but Samar is one of the hautest places to get a bite in Dallas, period. An extra cool factor: the Arabian decor, including the tented patio tables. Sure to impress an out of town client.
2100 Ross Avenue
Named after another popular and powerful Dallas chef, Dean Fearing's place inside the Ritz Carlton in Uptown definitely gets a slot on this list. Whether you are dining al fresco or saddled up alongside the Rattlesnake bar for a stiff scotch, you are doing it in style. There is a range of delectable bites on the lunch menu, from Nantucket Lightship Sea Scallops to Sweet and Sour Prawns, but the real lure here for your power lunch is it's location, especially if your visiting business partner is staying right upstairs.
2121 McKinney Avenue
3 Nick and Sam's Grill
Another favorite among the Uptown elite, Nick and Sam's Grill is a great place for lunch. You can expect great food along with great service, all within the indoor/outdoor cafe-like environs. Looking to have a catered board room meeting? Nick and Sam's can help you out there,too. Looking to up the ante and really impress the boss? Go to the mother ship, the original Nick and Sam's steakhouse, just up the street.
2816 Fairmount St.
4 The Place at Perry's
Formally Perry's--until another steak place by the same name moved in down the street during renovations--The Place at Perry's is another go-to for that serious business lunch. And it's no wonder why, considering they do mini-portions during lunch of all their fine dinner menu items, such as Prince Charles Quail and Stuffed Texas Redfish. Bonus: Nothing makes you look more powerful than ordering the beef lollipop, shown above.
2911 Routh Street
5 Maguire's Regional Cuisine
Maguire's is a power lunch fave around the Big D for several reasons: one, location location location, given that North Dallas hasn't gotten a spot on this list yet, and we all know business is down everywhere. And two, the lunch banquet they offer, which takes your mind off the menu and let's you focus on the meeting at hand. Hint: If they're buying, always go for Menu E.
17552 N Dallas Parkway