This past weekend I was on my way home from a relaxed evening in the Bishop Arts District. It was late and I was tired, but not so tired I couldn't have been talked into staying out a little longer. As I rounded the corner of Beckley Avenue and stepped on the gas I noticed the old Outpost space was lit up and had a new paint job. Music was playing and I stopped hard.
There was a party.
An unlikely party for this part of Oak Cliff. The crowd was well-dressed and they sipped on cocktails far more than beer. This was an Uptown crowd, I was sure of it. And they had crossed over the Trinity River for something other than Hattie's.
That something was VH Oak Cliff. Owner Victor Hugo, who has been working for the Lombardi group since moving to Dallas from California, has decided he can make a success out of a space that has borne back-to-back-to-back failures. He employed Bistro 31 chef Eric Brandt to throw together a casual menu.
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Inside, I glanced at a menu at the bar, while a manager tried to get me to stay and have a drink and eat. Expect grilled chorizo with white bean and arugula salad, fried calamari and duck and goat cheese taquitos. There are a filet mignon, a $15 burger and a number of pasta dishes too.
I didn't stay, though. It was late and my party had ended well before I'd even left the last spot. I slipped through the sea of short skirts and suit jackets and out the door before heading back across the river -- music lightly pulsing behind me.
Dinner service starts at 5 p.m., with happy hour starting at 4 p.m. if you want to grease the skids.
VH Oak Cliff, 1115 N. Beckley Ave., 214-946-1308, vhrestaurant.com