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Dallas: Spoon Bar & Kitchen
The scene: It’s astounding to find such hamachi and char in landlocked Dallas — and in a high-end Preston Road–area strip mall, no less — but here they are, served in a simple white 58-seat dining room and bar filled with glittery Dallas ladies slurping oysters and sipping champagne. It’s helmed by John Tesar, who is known for his food at the city’s Mansion on Turtle Creek.
The food: Tesar cooks with prodigious technique and fine-dining flourishes. Thinly pounded bigeye tuna drapes over foie gras like crimson peau de soie. Razor clam tartare arrives gilded with Pacific sturgeon caviar, and a bravura smoked-eel headcheese with caviar tastes lighter than its porcine cousin. Big spenders have assorted caviars and bottles of white Burgundy to consider.
(Photo: Courtesy Spoon Bar & Kitchen)