I have a bit of envy when I’m walking my dog at Main Street Garden Park and I hear a party going on. Apparently, the downtown trend is to flock to the bottom of the Comerica building, where people rid their workdays with cocktails at Dallas Chop House‘s happy hour.
Outside of this prime time, drinks are not a bargain here, with all cocktails staying close to $14 and most glasses of wine surpassing $10. However, take the bartender’s recommendation of his latest cocktail, and the new concoction may be worth the $15 price tag. The mojito’s $12 price tag, however, is better spent elsewhere.
If having dinner, popovers are brought to the table, providing a fluffy and disappointment replacement of typical bread. This sweet, almost pastry-like bread is served with a rosemary butter, making for an odd pairing of dessert and herbs.
A steak house wouldn’t be complete without Caesar salad (and cheesecake) on the menu list. However, this lightly dressed bed of lettuce has only the Parmesan crisp going for it. The Big Blue, however, is a better choice, although the size is better for sharing. Iceberg lettuce is topped with marinated tomatoes, apple wood-smoked bacon, pecans and a blue cheese dressing that’s creamy and light for those who don’t love the pungent cheese.
Three filets are offered, two eight-ounce, one of which is prime angus beef, and one 12-ounce all-natural angus beef.
The $12 difference between the all-natural and prime angus eight-ounce steaks is legitimate if eating the steak alone. However, top either one with a small mound of truffle butter, and the extra marbling in the prime doesn’t seem to make a difference.
One of my favorite aspects of this place is the ability to add hollandaise sauce, béarnaise sauce, Maytag blue butter or truffle butter to any steak. Other options have supplements ready, such as the lamb chops served with bordelaise and blue cheese.
Side dishes arrive family-style, ready to share. The steaming bowl of potatoes is the worst disappointment when you have a good steak. The chef tried to amp it up with a few green onions and chive oil, but I would have to add copious amounts of salt to make them work, which made the side not worth the trouble–or the carbs.
However, the steak fries may be the best option on the menu: each fry has an ultra-crisp outside, encompassing a soft, steaming, and seemingly delicate piece of potato. These perfect pieces of carbohydrates are tossed in roasted garlic, prosciutto and Parmesan before they are arranged like a game of Jenga on a plate.
The creamed spinach is delicious and enjoyable—if you’re not expecting creamed spinach. If you’re expecting sautéed spinach with a pinch of nutmeg and an accent of cream, it’s fine.
I need to do some more investigating on the desserts here.., so far, the cheesecake was an utter disappointment of a bland slice of empty calories.
Dallas Chop House has been serving downtown residents and visitors for over a year, owned by Mike Hoque, who also owns Dallas Fish Market down the street. His next endeavor is a Mexican restaurant, which is currently in construction in the location directly across Main Street from the Chop House.
Dallas Chop House
Location: 1717 Main St., Dallas, 75201, 214-736-7300
Hours: Lunch: Monday through Saturday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dinner: Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Price: $$$$ (Appetizers, $12 to $18. Entrées $25 to 39, excluding market prices)
Service: Friendly, informative
Ambience: Contemporary and spacious on the inside with a lower noise level, commonly packed with people on the patio
Attire: Smart casual
Payment Information: All major credit cards accepted
Alcohol: Full bar
Seating: Indoor and patio