“Gastropub” is one of those words crafted by foodie royalty, and since its inception self-proclaimed gastropubs and even gastrobistros have been popping up all over the nation. The definition is simple enough: an exceptionally large drink selection – namely brews – and better-than-bar food. Of course, Dallas steps up to the plate(s) in this culinary regard, presenting an assortment of notable gastropubs without the nuisance of pretension.
1 The Common Table
One of the newest eateries to hit Dallas, The Common Table took over the old Lola space last summer. The interior is modernly designed, with bulbous chrome lanterns over the bar which offers 22 draft beers along with a wide assortment of bottles. Looking for Coors Light on tap? Go down the street. Here you'll enjoy a 10 or 20 ounce pint of Fireman's 4 or Hoegaarden Ale, or perhaps a nice cold pear cider. The menu is reasonably priced and quite fashionable, created by Ben Ackland, a real-life Londoner who was senior chef at The Ivy and is now heading up the Loft 610 in Omaha. Pulled pork spring rolls, a crispy duck salad and a honey glazed filet are just a few of the highlights from the menu.
2917 Fairmount St, 214.880.7414, http://www.thecommontable.com/
2 The Meddlesome Moth
With a name like Meddlesome Moth, there better be good drinks and grub to counterbalance the not-so-appetizing christening. Luckily, the Moth supplies these as well as a cozy gastro-pub ambiance and an incredible beer selection to boot. Nowhere in Dallas will you have such a random selection of delectable British greats. Lamb Meat Pies, Oxtail-Stuffed Calamari, Prince Edward Island Mussels with your choice of dressings, and then there's the Moth Balls, a secret recipe that involves aging ricotta cheese three days, using a process that naturally forms a sort of gnocchi around it, tossing it in brown butter and fried sage and served up hot. Add to this a wide assortment of 40 draft beers and 75 bottles, made up of superb Ales, IPA's, Lambics, Barley Wines, Meads and more, and you've got yourself an all-night gorge fest.
1621 Oak Lawn Ave, 214.628.7900, http://www.mothinthe.net/
3 The Old Monk
This Henderson Ave favorite may not be advertising itself as a gastropub, but it sure has all the right components. The holy grail of beer, you'll find over 100 different stouts, ales, draughts, bottles and ciders at Old Monk. And their food menu is way above par, bringing guests an incredible list of international cheeses, rich Guiness Beef Stew, Belgian Style Steamed Mussels and much more. Head in for their late night menu for Killer Mushrooms, Fish and Chips and Turkey Burgers.
2847 N Henderson Ave, 214.821.1880, http://www.oldmonkdallas.com/
Known as the first gastropub in the Kessler/Oak Cliff area, Nova is a throwback to the 60's with one foot in the next decade. From a BBQ Bison Burger to Kabocha Pumpkin Enchiladas, the menu seems to have something for everyone, from everywhere. Don't forget to enjoy a delicious specialty cocktail on their expansive, dog-friendly patio. Ask about their wine selection and daily specials.
1417 West Davis Street, 214.484.7123, http://novadallas.com/
5 Neighborhood Services Tavern
True to its name, you basically have a Neighborhood Services in whatever neck of the woods you reside in around Dallas. And aren't you the lucky one! You'll find a great tavern experience open till the wee hours at any of the three locations, as well as an extensive menu including Brisket Meatballs, Short Rib Silver Dollar French Dips and nightly plate specials.
2405 N. Henderson, 214.827.2405, http://www.neighborhoodservicesdallas.com/