Palapas Seafood Bar Won't Be a Hidden Gem Much Longer

04.02.2014 by: Allison Turpin
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As you are driving up to Palapas Seafood Bar, you aren't sure at first if you are in the right place. A white building with protruding thatched roofs markedly stand out in this part of Dallas, and it feels as if a beach shack in Mexico was inexplicably transported to Greenville Avenue. The decor is a little over the top, but it is a nice getaway in a not-as-nice part of town.

Interior Decor tries to make you feel like you are on the coast of Mexico

At the same time those complimentary chips and a delicious salsa come to your table, your water is served in a mason jar granished with a key lime

House Margaritas are $5 during Happy Hour, and you can get this fruity Sangria anytime

Several smaller rooms and a nice bar area make up the restaurant. The Mexican coast theme is heavy throughout - maybe a little too heavy. But they do have a great happy hour that lasts until 7pm, later than a lot of other happy hours around town, and it includes $5 House Margaritas and $2 off beer.

The menu is comprised of Sinaloa-style Mexican food, which means many seafood options as well as classic Mexican dishes. We started with the Shrimp Ceviche, which was composed of classic ceviche flavors, like lime, cucumber and tomato. The dish was very fresh, and we especially loved the slices of avocado laid over the top. The shrimp flavor was strong, so if you don't like shrimp, we recommend trying the Mahi Mahi Ceviche as another refreshing option.

Shrimp Ceviche with slices of avocado

Side of Guacamole served on iceberg lettuce

Queso and guacamole are standards on any Mexican menu, and Palapas Seafood Bar's Guacamole did not disappoint. It was creamy with a few avocado chunks remaining, and the avocado flavor was dominant, as it should be. It was great with the extra crispy chips or on top of your tacos.

If you are in the mood for tacos, try the Shrimp Tacos or the Brisket Tacos. The brisket tacos were excellent. Cubes of smoky, juicy brisket laid on a thin corn tortilla were layered with a barbeque slaw and slices of rich avocado. The brisket itself was delicious, and we loved how they used chunks of brisket instead of the usual shredded meat. The creamy barbeque sauce was a surprisingly nice addition to the taco.

Brisket Tacos

There are many excellent seafood options for you to choose from as well. Two popular choices are the 7 Mares Soup (7 Seas), which is composed of a mix of 7 different kinds of seafood, and the Pescado Zarandeado. This dish is a whole fish that is butterflied and served with seasonal veggies. At $25 a pop, this meal could easily serve two.

Give Palapas Seafood Bar a try. Even though it is just a few blocks from the new Lower Greenville restaurant boom, it still seems off the beaten path and remains uncrowded. The service was a little slow, but the staff couldn't have been nicer and prices are reasonable. When you factor in the great bar, free parking, TVs, covered patio space, and delicious food, this new restaurant will not be a hidden gem much longer. 

Palapas Seafood Bar {Official Website}

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