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Petra & The Beast

601 N. Haskell Ave.
Dallas, TX 75246
Critics' Pick
Best Of


  • noon-9:30 p.m. Wed, Thu, Fri and Sun, 7 p.m. Sat (reservation required on Sat)
  • Dinner, Snack Food
  • BYOB
  • Parking Lot Available
2019 saw a cascade of local and national attention for Petra and the Beast, which began as a semi-permanent popup in a former Sinclair filling station built in 1932. It also saw exciting expansions of the restaurant’s means, including a new garden, service staff and the hiring of Jess Alonzo as sous chef to founder Misti Norris. Petra’s heart and soul is its casual counter-service dining experience on most days and nights, when customers can wander in and sample enormous charcuterie boards full of mustard-rubbed beef tongue, spicy ’nduja spread on grilled toast, pork and garlic chive terrine, then move on to spectacular made-from-scratch noodles and wontons. Norris and her staff let their minds wander across the globe in search of culinary inspiration, especially in noodle and veggie bowls that might feature culinary collisions so exciting they throw sparks. If the counter service is Petra’s heart, though, its brain is on display on Saturday nights, when the restaurant offers a reservations-only seven-course tasting menu of some of the most innovative food in Dallas. Good luck getting a table, which must be reserved months in advance. This author succeeded in snagging Saturday seats just once, and then was unable to enjoy them because of a schedule conflict.

Top pick: The best charcuterie board in Dallas, period.

The downside: Like many of the most experimental and interesting restaurants in the city, Petra is extremely small. And like many of Dallas’ ultra-chef-driven restaurants, Petra is still learning how to function as a business, too.

Fun fact: Petra is simply the best BYOB experience within Dallas city limits.

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