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Enjoy the Flavors of the South at Hattie's

04.21.2015 by: Jo Firth
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Hattie’s has long been a cornerstone of Dallas’ popular Bishop Arts District; it’s a quaint bistro bursting with charm and boasting a menu full of deliciously updated versions of Southern comfort-food staples. In creating Hattie’s, the owners sought to develop a restaurant capable of bringing the classic flavors of the low-country South into the modern age, and they certainly hit their mark. The menu manages to be both varied and impressive without being pretentious; chef Estevan Galindo does a brilliant job of transforming everything from catfish to lamb into a delicacy.

Hattie's occupies a coveted corner spot along the main drag of the Bishop Arts District. 

When you visit, start with drinks. Hattie’s variety of house cocktails offer unusual twists on classic concoctions, and they’re definitely worth a try. We recommend the Lucky Limeade, a refreshingly smooth iced cocktail with notes of lime, cucumber, and sage. The Sweet Tea Martini is another popular choice thanks to its inventive merging of sweet tea with liquor. The French Martini is also delicious; the combination of vodka, Chambord, and pineapple juice may seem simple, but the flavor is anything but.

The Lucky Limeade is sweet, tangy, and refreshing. 

The French Martini has a sweet, complex flavor that's sure to please. 

No matter what you usually do, don’t skip appetizers. At Hattie’s, they’re just as noteworthy as the entrees. The Fried Green Tomatoes are one of their more popular menu items, and it’s easy to see why – they’re delicately fried to a perfect golden-brown, and drizzled with creamy buttermilk ranch. Order some for your table, but don’t be surprised if they disappear quickly. The Fried Oysters are delicious as well; cheat on your diet and enjoy them the way they’re meant to be: deep-fried and accented with smoky bacon and cole slaw. Just be sure to save room for an entrée, because the selection won’t disappoint.

Fried Green Tomatoes {Hattie's Facebook Photo}

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a dish at Hattie’s that isn’t tasty, and they truly have an option to fit any mood. The menu takes variety to a new level; you’ll spot everything from salmon to quail to catfish, along with more common options like chicken and steak. When combined with their rotating variety of nightly specials, the possibilities really do seem endless. However, a few standouts are definitely worth your attention.

Chef Galindo's Bacon-Wrapped Quail is juicy and tender, with just the right amount of spicy jalapeno kick. 

If you’re seeking something especially Southern, try the Low Country Shrimp and Grits. The dish may sound simple, but the addition of goat cheese and a Tabasco-bacon pan sauce adds depth to the flavor. The Bacon-Wrapped, Jalapeno-Stuffed Quail is another great option; it’s smoky, sweet, and slightly spicy, and pairs perfectly with mashed sweet potatoes and braised greens. Or for the ultimate comfort food fix, order the Home-Style, Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf; the generous coating of house-recipe mushroom gravy is enough to make you want seconds. Because the food is so good, it’s hard to make it through a meal at Hattie’s with room for dessert. But if you can save room, their Key Lime Tart is definitely worth your time. It’s light and creamy, with the perfect accent of tart lime flavor to finish your meal on a high note.

The Home-Style Meatloaf is the perfect Hattie's tribute to Southern cuisine. 

There’s no denying it, Hattie’s is popular, and for good reason. To avoid a wait, we suggest you call ahead to book a reservation; their staff does a great job of accommodating parties of all sizes. Or, plan your visit for brunch or lunch and avoid the dinner rush. With food this tasty, your first visit probably won’t be your last.
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