Housed in the Historic Boyd Hotel, Local offers an upscale modern American menu. Our cuisine is seasonally focused, uncluttered and executed with ... More
Housed in the Historic Boyd Hotel, Local offers an upscale modern American menu. Our cuisine is seasonally focused, uncluttered and executed with precision. We use the highest quality and freshest ingredients, such as meat products from Niman Ranch and seafood from Connolly's in Boston. Many dishes feature breads made from scratch and all of our desserts, including our sorbets and ice cream, are made in-house. Never overbearing, entrees are innovative yet classic, simple yet refined.
Great restaurant!! Love the Wine Bar in the back it was a nice cozy setting. Tables in the front were close together so if you are on a date and wanna get cozy this is not the place.
The chocolate dessert is absolutely TO DIE FOR. Has to be one of the best chocolate desserts I had in my life. That's a huge statement.
About 15 of us went to Local after a business meeting and had the space to ourselves (group reservation in advance). The chef/owner was very attentive, greeting us beforehand and going over the menu for the evening. She came out to introduce each course in detail and they were all spectacular. I remember the dessert the best - everyone had individual platters of 4 or 5 different chocolate dishes. It was so rich and delicious - definitely have never had anything like this before.
The wait staff was also very attentive (we had at least 2/3 for our party). For the money, it was definitely worth the value!
I'd heard great things about Local, so my husband and I went there to celebrate our 10th anniversary. What a great decision!
The ambiance is modern and sophisticated, good lounge/techno/groove music in the background that was not at all intrusive. It set a great mood.
The staff was great as well -- plenty friendly and helpful, and not at all stuffy or snobby, as at some other trendy spots. The folks here genuinely love food, and love to see other people enjoying it too. The wine selection is on the small side, but has good choices to cover whatever you are thinking of eating.
Saving the best for last...the food!! I am admittedly on the picky side, but there wasn't a single thing that I didn't adore.
Getting started, they serve warm nuts that are roasted in an olive oil/rosemary/some other herb concoction -- a fantastic departure from the standard loaf of bread, since it doesn't fill you up to the exclusion of the great things still to come.
Next came the salads. They were more or less standard fare for this type of place, with the requisite spinach, wedge/blue cheese, and mixed green choices. My husband & I got different ones and loved them both.
Their entree selection covers all the bases: chicken, beef, pork, lots of seafood, and a vegetarian item or two. I had the glazed pork chop, he had the beef tenderloin. Both were AMAZING! They came with a nice little mixture of crispy root vegetables on the side. Something a little different, but it worked.
We wrapped up with a delicious little dessert sampler, which wasn't on the menu, but something our server put together for us on the house. A couple small scoops of their homemade gelato in their own little cookie cups -- divine! But my favorite was the cheesecake. It rates with some of the best I've had anywhere. Too bad it was just a sample portion.
Although this is definitely a great spot to celebrate a romantic occasion, it's not an overly romantic spot. It would also make a great place to take business associates, since it's classy and upscale enough to make a good impression. Just make sure to focus on the food!
Also worth noting: make sure to get directions -- it can be hard to find if you don't know the neighborhood well. Reservations are recommended because it's such a small space. The menu rotates frequently, so some of the things we had may not be there when you go.
But go anyway!
My friends had invited me to go to the great little resturant in Deep Ellum. I usually shy away from anything Deep Ellum, however they put on big fuss how everyone was talking about the resturant. I have to say it was quite remarkable. For starters they tried the Tuna Tar Tar (I don't do any fish.) and I tried the Butternut Squash soup. It was fanstastic. Then I had a very unique Organic Airline Chicken, what the hell is that.....Part of the chicken infamous for the parts served on Airline companies back when they did actual service. Anyways, after a great meal we did desserts Pumpkin donuts and Chocolate whaevers. The waitstaff suggested the donuts, when we told him this is not a Krispy Kreme factory, no donuts. Sorry, but DONUTS for dessert?!? Well, it was excellent. I would totally recommend this place to anyone. By the way, Zagat recommends Local for one of the best resturants for 2006. Enjoy!
I have made it to Local three times now, and it has not disappointed. Local friends and foreign business associates alike left raving about the experience. On the �Tall Order� side of the menu, I have grown partial to the filet with the port wine reduction. There is little to no sauce, the great taste of the reduction is cooked into this tender cut of beef. I have been a little more adventurous on the �Short Order� side of the menu. During my last visit, I had the Caesar salad tempura. It was so good that I am not sure why it isn�t on the menu more often. Don�t look past the �Coffee and Donuts� on the desert menu. The waiter was able to make a good wine selection for the table, and I found their Port menu more complete than most. The entire staff seems to be very genuine and laid back. They fit right in with the d�cor. Maybe there is hope for Deep Ellum.
We went to Local to celebrate my father's birthday and thoroughly enjoyed it. The food was excellent and they have a chocolate dessert there that is the best I have ever had. It is a bit pricey but worth every penny!
I went to Local last night with my wife after we saw Cirque de Solei (which was Excellent)expecting to finish a great night with excellent food, and what I end into a fashion place with fancy names for good quality food with no taste. We started with Mussels, which were OK, you need to be a really bad chef to ruin these mussels. Them I had a rack of lamb with a risotto, the Lamb didn't have any taste and the risotto neither, everything was plain. My wife had the Halibut which was OK, nothing out of the ordinary. Dessert menu, very simple, Apple pie, cake and ice-cream, and the so famous warm chocolate desert (which is everywhere). The place is far from romantic, and the wine list is very good but again nothing out of the extraordinary for Dallas. This place remind me every little restaurant in NY, may be Dallas people get impress with this thing, but I don't. I would recommend to go to the Green Room if your are in the Area, or go to Ancestral, Avanti , Capitol Grill, Hotel Zaza Restaurant, Palomino, French Room and the classic Mansion In Turtle Creek.
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