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This small intimate eatery has been open for more than 35 years. Chef/owner Brian C. Luscher and his general manager wife, Courtney, offer up a Francophile-pleasing menu with a twangy twist, e.g. their celebrated burger. Dinner options include the braised lamb "tartines," hushpuppies of roasted corn, jalapeños and crab as well as the bistro-standard steak frites. The Grape is also a favorite Sunday brunch spot for East Dallas residents. Up for grabs then are the famous cheeseburger, fried chicken biscuit and oxtail and banana peppers. It'd be tragic if the wine list weren't mentioned, which has wines from Chile to Italy and all points between. By the glass can be cheap ($8) or you can pony up and order a bottle.
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Danyele McPherson, chef de cuisine at The Grape on Greenville, recently braved the tricky waters of reality TV by appearing on Bravo's Top Chef: Seattle alongside two other local chefs, John Tesar and... More »
Eleven is a skinny list. There are actually about 20 great hot sandwiches in Dallas ... well, maybe 100. Thing is, you can't really screw up rich butter smeared over fresh bread, then grilled with goo... More »
Remember happy hour in college? Beers were 10 cents apiece if you were in a fancy place where the seniors hung out, and the bar slathered you with plenty of salty, greasy, free food, just to get you to stay and drink some more. Yeah, well, you're not in college anymore. And those free wings tasted like shit anyway. The Grape's happy hour is easy on your wallet and lets you maintain your dignity. Marcona almonds, mixed olives and flash fried calamari are all offered for a song, and chef Brian... More »
Forget the so-called dark night of the soul. The real hour of spiritual blackness hits about 11 a.m. on a Sunday after a long night of drinking. That's when the big existential questions hit: Why? How long must suffering be endured? And holy shit, did I really drink/ingest/screw that? Take your broken essence and throbbing head to The Grape, where life affirmation comes in the form of a fried chicken patty covered in cheddar cheese, served on a jalapeño-cheese biscuit that is neither... More »
Since its burger garnered statewide attention from Texas Monthly, The Grape has become a popular spot for casual Sunday brunch, but that decadent burger, as tasty as it is, is just one of the mouth-watering menu items that make this the best brunch. Whether you're in the mood for a perfectly poached egg and house-made hollandaise in your eggs Benedict or a plate of warm, gooey sticky buns made with love, The Grape always delivers superb food and equally praiseworthy service. Even the most... More »
When you really think about it, any one of chef-owner Brian Luscher's dishes could be up for an award. Hell, Texas Monthly awarded him best burger, and that was for the entire state. So why do we focus on his french fries? Because he's one of the few chefs in the city who bothers to do them right, that's why--taking the time to blanch them, letting the batch sit, sometimes overnight, before dumping them back in the fryer. This creates that crisp, golden shell and fluffy inside that we... More »
The Grape is the kind of place you want to huddle in on a Sunday: low-key, casual atmosphere with great food...and unlike Denny's, it's dark enough inside no one can see your bloodshot eyes. But really, it's all about the food. You can go meaty, with steak frites. Need something old-fashioned and hearty? They serve oxtail hash. If you're in the mood for a fancy meal, then you can order rainbow trout. But if you want something Denny's-ish (only prepared by a great chef), they'll whip up... More »
Event Review: The Grape
The end is near. Of course, we mean the close of the holidays and the year 2010, and hopefully you have plans. If that sentence made you suddenly red-faced, flushed with frustration and fear, then The Grape (2808 Greenville Ave.) has a special for you. Chef and owner Brian C. Luscher features a Christmas Eve menu of "holiday inspired fare," as well as a price-fixed three-course dinner on New Year's Eve ($65) with optional wine pairings. Doors open early (5 p.m.) for those suckers and spots fill up quickly, so hurry to make reservations. For details, call 214-828-1981 or visit thegraperestaurant.com.
This is in my top 5 restaurants in Dallas. Everything is delicious and exquisitely prepared, with flawless presentation. Menu is seasonal and local, wine menu is varied and reasonably priced. Make reservations, otherwise you're in for a wait.
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