District is a wine bar and restaurant that originally opened in San Francisco in 2007. The first Texas is located in Addison in the Village on the Parkway.
The District joins the plethora of places that offer and encourage ordering several shareable plates rather than the traditional multicourse format of dining. The website touts “globally inspired shareable plates using ingredients from local artisans and exceptional producers around the world,” and they encourage the guests to let them help create the optimal pairing of whiskey or wine with their meals.
For starters, try the crunchy sweet potato pakoras, which consist of chickpea batter, zucchini and onion, served with a bright and refreshing jalapeño-lime aioli. These sort of had the structure of shoestring French fries, but packed much more flavor and texture, with a spice profile reminiscent of Indian cuisine.
The fontina and spinach arancini are crispy risotto balls and a delicate smoked tomato sauce.
Spicy Thai mussels are lightly and mildly seasoned with Thai spices, yellow tomato, cilantro, scallions and lime that created a pleasant broth with the mussels. Several pieces of toasted farm-style bread were considerately provided, and all were eventually used to soak up the liquid goodness from the bottom of the bowl.