Bolsa's Seasonal Menu Always Pleases

05.13.2014 by: Allison Turpin
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The Bishop Arts District is full of delicious restaurants, bohemian shops, and eclectic people. One of our favorite restaurants to frequent in the area is Bolsa. With a focus on local, fresh ingredients and inventive cocktails, the seasonal menus are always spot on.

The atmosphere at Bolsa is something in itself to write about. It would be the perfect place for a group of friends, a nice date, family dinner, or happy hour. The large outdoor patio is the place to be if you don’t mind a long wait. Lights are strung above the tables and in case the weather doesn’t cooperate, they can enclose the whole space. It’s a relaxing place to enjoy one of their fantastic cocktails.

We kept seeing one cocktail leave the bar over and over again, so we ordered the Stubborn Mule to see what the fuss was all about. A light combination of vodka, lime, mint, and ginger beer was smooth and refreshing and really was delicious. Bolsa prides itself on having some of the best cocktails in Dallas, and we would agree with their self-proclamation.

The Stubborn Mule

Dip Trio with Eggplant Caponata, Onion Dip, and Red Pepper Feta Dip


The menu changes seasonally at Bolsa, which keeps customers interested and coming back to try new items. We started with the Dip Trio which included small bowls of an eggplant caponata, a caramelized onion dip, and a roasted red pepper feta dip. The trio was served with thin, crispy yucca chips. Our favorite was the red pepper dip that tasted strongly of feta and was a great way to start the meal.

One section of the menu lists four to five Flatbreads. The Twig & Branch flatbread was an unusual combination of ingredients that proved to be our favorite part of the meal. Very thin, crispy pizza dough is baked with TGH Farms arugula, small dollops of caprino chevre cheese and topped with roasted red grapes. The grapes were soft and sweet, the cheese creamy and salty, and it all paired perfectly with the peppery arugula. We would highly recommend giving this novel flatbread a try.

Twig & Branch Flatbread

Chicken Paillard

Caprino Royale Goat Cheesecake


Under the Entrees section, we tried the Chicken Paillard, which was light and reminded us of spring with every bite. The chicken was pounded thin and seasoned well, and a mound of refreshing salad that mixed pea tendrils, radish slices and asparagus slivers lay on top. The menu offers several fish options, a vegetarian option, and multiple meat choices.


The Caprino Royale Goat Cheesecake was an inventive take on cheesecake and was beautifully presented upon a pink peppercorn shortbread cookie and topped with a charred pineapple salsa. The cheesecake itself was smooth and luscious, but the pink peppercorns overtook the flavor a little too much for our taste.

This restaurant is a great spot for brunch as well. With items like French Toast “Cakes” and Duck Fat Biscuits, we don’t think you could go wrong with anything on the Brunch Menu. Down the street is Bolsa Mercado, which is a casual sister restaurant that serves sandwiches and to-go items. They also have a daily Dinner for Two that is a popular option in the neighborhood.

There is a small parking lot right by the restaurant and street parking on a weekend night can be a little tricky. Bolsa is usually crowded and they don’t take reservations or seat incomplete parties, so plan accordingly. But with one of the best patios, bars and menus in town, we would say Bolsa is definitely worth the wait.

Bolsa {Official Website}

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