If you say caviar in Texas, a couple things might happen. In some cases they will mistake real caviar for Texas Caviar, the black-eyed pea concoction. Or they will simply wrinkle their nose and say, “Raw fish? We call that bait.” And yet there is still some place for caviar aficionados in the world of Dallas eating. If you’re looking for the best places to get your roe on, keep reading.
1 Nick & Sam's
Nick & Sam's is heralded as one of Dallas' finest steak houses. Their aged cuts of Prime beef, Lobster Mac & Cheese and "Damn Good Fries" are enough to shell out the bucks, but this eatery is also famous for their complimentary appetizer: caviar, toasted ciabatta bread and traditional accompaniments . It's the perfect opportunity to try it if you never have and are wary of a full order.
3008 Maple Ave., (214) 871-7444, http://www.nick-sams.com
2 The French Room
For the full effect of an elaborately elegant dining experience, head to the historic Adolphus Hotel for an evening at The French Room. From the stunning decor to the respectable menu, everything is at its finest here - especially the caviar. The menu changes, offering the highest quality Petrossian caviar available for connoisseurs and novices alike. There's the Imperial Royal Ossetra, The American Alverta President White Sturgeon and the American Hackleback Sturgeon, just to name a few.
The Adolphus Hotel, 1321 Commerce St, (214) 742-8200, www.hoteladolphus.com
Where else would you expect to get good caviar but a sushi restaurant? But Nobu is so much more than that. A go-to for the freshest fish and most inventive dishes, Nobu had remained a steadfast hot trend on the scene since their arrival in Dallas. For their caviar appetizers, try the Toro Tartar, Salmon or Yellowtail Tartar with Caviar, or the Monk Fish Pate "Ankimo" with Caviar.
400 Crescent Ct., (214) 252-7000, http://www.noburestaurants.com/dallas
4 Ziziki's Taverna
For a non-traditional take on caviar, Ziziki's Taverna offers a Tarama Dip with soft pita bread, a Mediterranean style caviar spread. It's a simple dip made with lemon juice and olive oil, but in that it tends to remove some of the "fishy" taste some dislike in caviar. Not for purists, but definitely worth a taste.
5000 Belt Line Rd., Ste 300, (972) 233-1199, www.zizikistaverna.com
5 Hector's on Henderson
Hector's on Henderson has been a local favorite for some time, featuring owner and chef Hector Garcia's fine New American cuisine. Have a seat at the cocktail bar and listen to some cool jazz music while you sample their (almost) famous Lobster Caviar Deviled Eggs.
2929 N Henderson Avenue, (214) 821-0432, www.hectorsonhenderson.com/