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Discover a South Side Jewel: The Cedars Social

11.17.2015 by: Katie Breckenridge
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Don't let old appearances fool you. The Cedars Social is situated along Lamar St. in Deep Ellum (across from the NYLO) in an old building. They've opted to keep with the original structure, but the inside is anything but outdated. The place is as chic and eclectic as we've come to expect in Dallas, with nods to all the decades the structure has lived through, but you'll notice focused attention on the 50s, 60s, and 70s. You can see the space will be full of atmosphere before you even walk in. 

Entrance to The Cedars Social

The space is small - seating only around 70 people at one time - making it a cozy experience. But the atmosphere is off the charts. Once you get through the door, it's like you've stepped back in time to a cooler and more chill era. Mid-century modern furniture with decorative lighting pops at every turn. Seating varies across the restaurant, and each little corner offers its own sort of individual ambiance. Closer to the entry is a cozy nook and an indoor fire pit. Guests can gather here with a cocktail while waiting. There is also a "library" - which is really a nook with couches and velvet chairs - perfect for sharing cocktails with a group. 

This indoor fire pit brings an outdoor feel inside. 

Aside from the hip vibe, the cocktails are probably the thing The Cedars Social is best known for. Artful and interesting ingredients are crafted together with the coolest of presentations. We ordered an old fashioned, which we thought was pretty standard. But proving us wrong, the bartender made a fabulous show of shaking, pouring, and charring the orange peel with a huge blue flame. 

The bar is a 70s throwback vibe. The cocktails alone make a visit here worthwhile. They also offer a collection of craft beers and a decent wine selection. 

Old fashioned with charred orange rind

As great as the cocktails are, the food is just as wonderful. The menu incorporates standard fare with New American dishes and apps. Depending upon the item, the portions can be on the smaller side (so ask your waiter before ordering if you're really hungry), but sides can be ordered for the table to share. We sampled the burger, served on a brioche "everything" bun with caramelized onions and parmesan fries, and the pork belly with a side of broccolini. Our portions were more than enough.  

The burger comes with truffle or parmesan fries. We've also heard the truffle mac and cheese is a must-have! 

The pork belly was crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, and full of flavor.

The menu changes from time to time, so check the website if you're looking for something in particular. 

Sides are perfect for 2-3 people to share.

There are a few things to know before you plan your visit. Since seating is limited, a wait can develop quickly. Reservations are taken for parties of 5 or more, but you can call ahead to put your name on the list if your party is smaller. Definitely build in enough time to get a cocktail at the bar and enjoy the fire pit before your meal. You won't be disappointed! Parking is offered in the lot behind the restaurant. There is a sign that says the cost is $10, but when we talked to the attendant, he said parking for the restaurant is complimentary. There is also metered parking along the street. 

{The Cedars Social Official Site}

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