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Catbird

Catbird, helmed by chef Jeramie Robinson, offers Asian-influenced fare that one might expect from someone who spent time at Uchi (hint). In addition to working with Tyson Cole, Robinson also worked with Jason Maddy at The Mansion on Turtle Creek and worked under the tutelage of John Tesar for years. 

This spot is perched nine stories up inside The Thompson Hotel at The National at Akard and Elm in downtown Dallas. Stepping out of the elevator, the space is a lush Art Deco den with dazzling glossy finishes and marble. It's just missing a Champagne toast from Leonardo D'Caprio.  

Perhaps most notable, Catbird sports wrap-around outdoor balcony seating that gives nice views of the city complete with comfy couches and gas-powered fire pits. On the weekends after dinner service, a DJ sets up.

The dishes at Catbird are intended to be served for the table in small plates to be enjoyed by all. Start with Texas beef bao buns, made with smoked brisket, sweet chili, and dressed with Thai-inspired herbs and shallots. Brussel sprouts come with a slightly charred crunchiness, micro herbs, and a light honey-lime sauce. Their crab rangoon dip comes with snow crab, pimento cheese, bell pepper jam, all served in a skillet along with crispy wonton crackers.
Crab rangoong
Hank Vaughn
Details
  • Price: $$$, $$$$
  • Hours: 4-9:30 p.m. Monday - Wednesday; 4-11 p.m. Thursday; 4p.m.-12:30 a.m. Friday - Saturday; 4-9:30 p.m. Sunday
  • Alcohol: Full bar
  • Parking: Valet