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Petra & The Beast

601 N. Haskell Ave.
Dallas, TX 75246
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  • Dinner, Snack Food
  • BYOB
  • Parking Lot Available
  • Reservations Recommended
The Top 100 Dallas Restaurants, No. 12: Like Revolver Taco Lounge, Petra and the Beast is two restaurants in one, but the kitchen here is divided by time rather than space. On Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, Petra is a casual counter-service spot serving charcuterie boards, noodles and assorted other snacks in its homey building, a 1932-built Sinclair filling station. Made-from-scratch noodles, wontons and charcuterie are always an enticing combo, but especially so when chef Misti Norris and her colleague Tony Ibarra — at the time this was written, they were the entire kitchen staff — are producing the best charcuterie in Dallas. Luscious slices of mustard-rubbed beef tongue, spicy 'nduja spread on grilled toast, pork and garlic chive terrine: It’s all here. And then there’s the second side of Petra: On Saturday nights, the restaurant offers a reservations-only seven-course tasting menu of some of the most innovative food in Dallas. Courses change each week based on what Norris and Ibarra forage in the wild.

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. Also note that, due to scheduling issues, this author has not yet been able to attend a Saturday tasting dinner. The ranking here applies to the counter service on other nights.

Fun fact: Simply the best BYOB experience within Dallas city limits.

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