If you’re visiting Dallas, new to DFW, or even if you’ve lived in a metroplex suburb all your life, you may have been missing out on some of the area’s best restaurant enclaves. You read about them, you hear the buzz, but you’ve just never made it out there. Will it be worth the drive? Will it break the budget? Is there anything to enjoy if you’re not a big-time foodie?
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We totally get that, so we want to help you get past those pesky questions and fire up your fear of missing out We think it’s time you tried Trinity Groves – here’s the skinny:
What’s all the buzz about Trinity Groves?
Trinity Groves is unique, even to Dallas, with its collection of restaurants you won’t find anywhere else. It’s an incubation concept dreamt up by West Dallas Investments partners Stuart Fitts, Butch McGregor, and Phil Romano (of Fuddruckers and Macaroni Grill fame.)
— Mike Reyher (@MikeReyher) April 19, 2016
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WAHHH Kitchen LTO closed! So sad. is the showcase spot where a new chef and artist are selected every six months to bring their vision of a restaurant to life. Like the reality show Restaurant Startup, experienced restauranteurs screen candidates and their ideas, but in the Kitchen LTO competition, the public gets the final say about who wins. Winners of the competition and other restaurants and retailers accepted to Trinity Groves get financial and infrastructure support from an incredible team of restaurant greats.
Where is Trinity Groves?
It’s just west of downtown Dallas, literally steps away from the magnificent Margaret Hunt Hill bridge which has already become part of the familiar Dallas skyline. Off-Site Kitchen fronts the 15-acre space on Singleton Boulevard with the “restaurant rows” behind it.
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Where can I park at Trinity Groves?
Relax. Unlike several of Dallas’s other hot spots, parking is easy here. There are eight free lots and one with valet parking. All of the lots are adjacent to the restaurant buildings and easily accessed from Singleton Boulevard.
How pricey are restaurants at Trinity Groves?
This isn’t the place to find eating bargains, but it’s not out of reach either. Think upscale, not fine dining. If you want to try it on a budget, most places have bar bites or small plates, and Babb Brothers BBQ and Grill is priced pretty much like any other good barbecue place.
Pro Tip: Check the Trinity Groves website for links to the restaurants. Most have posted menus that include pricing.
Do I need reservations?
It’s probably not necessary to make reservations most of the time, but it’s not a bad idea if you plan to go on a Friday or Saturday night. Use the Open Table tool in the header of the Trinity Groves website to select a restaurant and book a table.
When is the best time to go?
If you enjoy a packed house, it’s most crowded on weekend evenings. Brunch crowds can get a little thick on Saturdays and Sundays, but only a few of the restaurants offer brunch. Midweek is quieter for both lunch and dinner. This is definitely not a late night place – most shops and restaurants close at around 10 (earlier on Sundays and Mondays, 11 on Fridays and Saturdays.)
What Else is There to in Trinity Groves?
Two of the retail spaces here also feature edibles – one that presents chocolate as art, plus Cake Bar, with mouth-watering southern style cakes offered whole or by the slice. There are two art galleries in the collection. Four Corners Brewing Company has an alehouse that’s open every day with free tours available on Saturday afternoons (reservations required).Classes, activities, and events at 3015’s event space and culinary competition kitchen will also wow you.
This visually inspiring restaurant district is also a photographer’s paradise, so bring your cameras if you’ve got ‘em. Be prepared to snap a few whether you want cell phone selfies, a #DallasBig pic for Twitter, or glorious sunset and skyline shots.
Which Restaurants at Trinity Groves should I try?
Every spot is special, but we’ll give you a few suggestions.
Yes, you can get sushi, sashimi, and rolls at Sushi Bayashi. Inventive starters include pan-seared pork dumplings, fried shishito peppers, and some audacious octopus and squid dishes You can also try authentic Japanese noodles, daily chef specials, and tasty desserts (green tea cheesecake, yum!)
For Dinner – Souk (Moroccan)
Kebab, tagine, and hummus – oh my! Surround yourself in the aromas and tastes of Morocco at Souk Mediterranean Bistro and Bar. Starter and entrée options are plentiful with beef, chicken, and lamb choices. Enjoy some baklava, gelato, or even hookah after dinner.
What’s New – The Hall
Inspired by Dallas icon Bob Sambol (Bob’s Steak and Chop House), The Hall pays tribute to college sports halls of fame. With playful starters (Creole Strudel, Griddled Pimiento Cheese) and steaks you’ll dream of for days afterwards, this one is a sure winner.
What’s Upcoming – V-Eats
Vegan fare doesn’t have to be mundane, and it won’t be when Chef Troy Gardner brings V-Eats to Trinity Groves very soon. It seems an impossible mix, but their menu specialty will be modern, gourmet comfort food that’s all plant based. Sounds like a winning combination to us.
3011 Gulden Lane (off of Singleton)
Dallas, TX | Route Map
TURF: West Dallas
WHAT MAKES IT FUN?
Blackboard specials at many restaurants, brunch at a few, the adjacent Continental pedestrian bridge, and so much more you really have to see for yourself. Seriously, just go.
Categories: Fun Food
All photos by Matthew Burke of Photoflares, unless otherwise stated.