In Park's Kitchen, Prodigal Son Marc Cassel Makes His Return

The trendy spot is destined for success, though its menu is still a work in progress.

A cutesy arrangement called picnic basket chicken was a pleasant rendition of an American summertime favorite: Potato salad rides on a tart edge, but with sweet and earthy components sparked by a sprinkling of pepper. Two fat biscuits glazed ever so slightly with sugar come with intensely swarthy ZIP code honey. And the meat itself turns out juicy and tender under savory skin—to which he recently added a few brush strokes of honey for a crispier sheen.

So, there were many "work in progress" moments as Park careened through its first month in operation. But Dallas doesn't seem to mind. The restaurant reports 400-plus covers on many nights and backups from the narrow drive to their valet stand spill out onto Henderson Avenue, causing more than a few angry gestures from drivers stalled in the traffic.

Despite a wave of pre-publicity and the excitement generated as word of his return rippled through the city, Dallas' prodigal son claims the onslaught of customers caught him off guard.

Although Park’s menu is still a work in progress, the trendy restaurant is destined to become a success—thanks to the culinary genius of chef Marc Cassel.
Danny Fulgencio
Although Park’s menu is still a work in progress, the trendy restaurant is destined to become a success—thanks to the culinary genius of chef Marc Cassel.

Location Info

Map

PARK

1921 Henderson Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: East Dallas & Lakewood

Details

Park Grilled Spring onions $6 “My” mussels $12 Park salad $11 Mac & cheese $14 “Live Oak” picnic basket $16 Chicken-fried steak $18 Pineapple coconut cake $7

More photos of Park and its offerings in our slideshow here.

"We were not expecting the kind of volume we're doing," he says.

Not sure if I believe it. The name, the location, the casual theme and nods to local sourcing (they've set up beehives on the roof)—this place is destined for instant success and accolades. And those are beginning to roll in, even as they work out the kinks.

Simply put, Park—and its food service—is unpredictable, vibrant and a lot of fun. It's Marc Cassel's place, after all.

Park 1921 Henderson Ave., 214-824-3343. Open 6-10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 6-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 6-10 p.m. Sunday. Bar opens 5 p.m. $$$
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