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Central 214 - Closed

5680 N. Central Expressway
Dallas, TX 75206
Critics' Pick


  • Mon - Fri 6:30 AM - 11:00 AM 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM Sat - Sun 6:30 AM - 2:30 PM 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
  • $$$$
  • Business Dining, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Private Party
  • Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • Parking Lot Available, Valet Parking
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Accepted, Reservations Recommended
For some time, Central 214 was led by Blythe Beck, but now Graham Dodds mans the pass, fresh from an award-winning stint at Bolsa in Oak Cliff. His bone-marrow butter steak is a stunner. Dodds procures beef naturally raised in Texas, sears it to order and slathers it end to end in a beautiful compound butter, tricked out with herbs, soft garlic and bone marrow. Sure, it's heavy. Consider it a special-occasion dish. A house-made blood sausage stuffed into ravioli, and a delicious Scotch egg are standouts too. There are lamb's breast and beef short ribs and thin crispy ribbons of pig ears. There's an oxtail ragout. Are you seeing a pattern here? Dodds doesn't shy away from animal protein, but there's a certain elegance to his cooking. Hosted in the Hotel Palomar's downstairs dining room, Dodds’ cooking makes for compelling eating. And his bar snacks are a worthy accompaniment to a long session at the bar.

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