Lucia's Best Kept Secret

Four stools offer unfettered access to Dallas' most exclusive restaurant.

And dessert is reason enough on its own to drop in on this bar whenever there's an opening. The subtle, ashy flavors of a salty caramel gelato still haunt me.

A cook at the bar told me the dessert's secret. Caramel cooked too far will burn into bitter, acrid flavors, but sugar taken just shy of this mystical threshold will present smoke and toffee. That's when the cooks temper the pan with a measure of hot cream, capturing perfect flavor just before it escapes. Honeycrisp apples tinged with rosemary finish the dish with the unexpected once again, but no matter what you've ordered you'll still second-guess your decision while you watch the cooks plate a rice pudding fluffed up with zabaglione, or an elaborately decorated hazelnut cake.

Salumi Misto
Lori Bandi
Salumi Misto
Agnolotti Pasta
Lori Bandi
Agnolotti Pasta

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Lucia

408 W. 8th St., 214-948-4998, luciadallas.com. 5:30-10 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. $$$$

Charcuterie plate $15

Cauliflower soup $9

Pasta $15-$25

Grouper $29

Duck breast $16

Desserts $8

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If you made a reservation five weeks in advance, you'd have to admire all these dishes from a distance unless you've ordered them, but the four stools at the back of the restaurant will get you so close to these plates you can conjure how they'd taste with just your eyes. Best seats in the house? No doubt. They could be the four best stools in all of Dallas. And the only way to see first hand what Uygur will do next is to sit in one.

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9 comments
nammer
nammer

what the hell is a heritage pig?  Jesus take the wheel

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

The veal tonnato is unbelievable.

xmantx
xmantx

Wow Scott, thanks for telling everyone about this. Not too cool. It USED to be a secret.

notallofeastdallasislakewood
notallofeastdallasislakewood

Love Lucia, but have never been able to score the bar stools.  Was hoping you were going to tell me how to get one at dinner time.  5:30 is early bird special territory.

scott.reitz
scott.reitz moderator

@primi_timpano That's such a wonderful recipe to make at home

scott.reitz
scott.reitz moderator

@xmantx Oh come on now. Everyone should have equal open access to education,  health care and Lucia.


 
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