Take a Trip to The Theodore

12.21.2015 by: Sarah Edwards
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I don’t know about you, but I don’t normally think of shopping malls as places to find excellent food. But Northpark Center is not your average mall and The Theodore is not your average restaurant. The Theodore is one of Dallas’ hottest new restaurants and is lead by James Beard Award winning chef Tim Byres - the creative behind behind beloved establishments like Smoke, Chicken Scratch and The Foundry.

When you arrive at The Theodore you may feel like you are stepping out of Dallas and into an adventurous, quirky world. The restaurant has two different sides: one side feels more casual with booths, traditional tables, and a fireplace while the other side has a large, beautiful bar with tables and chairs of different styles. Walls and built in shelves are filled with a myriad of paintings, knick-knacks, and taxidermied animals. We were seated on the bar side at a small marble top coffee table with two velvet arm chairs. If you are with a group, consider reserving the private dining room hidden behind sliding walls.

The Redwood is one of several house cocktails to choose from.

A sense of intrigue and discovery carries from the decor - which owners say was inspired by both the restaurant’s namesake and Wes Anderson movies - into the craft cocktails and meal. The specialty cocktails are named after United States National Parks, which are a part of Teddy Roosevelt’s legacy. We tried the Redwood, comprised of house made jam, carpano antica, Campari, and alberta rye. The drink was deliciously balanced and no single flavor overpowered another.

Toast with house-baked sourdough works as an appetizer or a snack with drinks. 

The food menu works well for groups wanting to share items as well as those who would like an individual entree. The appetizers, small plates, and pizza are all easily shared around a table. White Bean, Leek, and Ricotta Toast was a great way to start the meal and was the perfect sized appetizer for two people to split. The sourdough bread for the toast is homemade and baked every morning and afternoon.

A "Choose Your own Adventure" pizza.

Along with sandwiches and salads, The Theodore offers pizzas with both traditional and unusual toppings (think Salmon Pastrami, Pickled Green Tomatoes, and Watercress). We “chose our own adventure”, which sounds like more fun than just building your own pizza. Pesto sauce, chicken, and veggies made for a delicious pizza.

The Theodore's Beef Wellington is a deliciously indulgent meal served with greens and mashed potatoes.

I couldn’t decide between a few items, so I had to think “WWTD” (“What Would Teddy Do?). And I thought Beef Wellington was about as “Teddy Roosevelt” as any meal gets. If you have never had Beef Wellington, you must try it at the Theodore; you will wonder why you haven’t always been topping your filet with mushrooms and foie gras and wrapping it in pastry.

We can’t wait to go back and try more of what The Theodore offers. When you stop in for a meal or just a drink, you'll leave feeling like you had a quick, refreshing getaway from your normal routine.

{The Theodore Official Site

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