North Henderson Is Where It’s At

April 28, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Christine Jonas

If you are looking for a fun night out, delicious food and a low-key atmosphere the bars on North Henderson are just the place to go. With J. Blacks Lounge, NeighborHood Services Tavern and Capitol Pub side-by-side at the 2400 block of N. Henderson Avenue, you have three great options in one location.

The patio at Capitol Pub is hoppin' on weekend afternoons. (PHOTO COURTESY OF CAPITOL PUB)

Capitol Pub offers a classic bar environment. A horseshoe-shaped bar sits in the middle of the room with tables surrounding it. An outdoor patio boasts many tables and a chance to enjoy the beautiful spring weather.

The kitchen is open until 11 p.m. Monday- Thursday, midnight Friday- Saturday and 10 p.m. on Sunday. The menu is quite extensive and the food is delicious. I recommend the Seared Rare Tuna Salad and the Drunken Steak Sandwich.

This pub is your best bet to grab a cocktail with a friend during happy hour Monday- Thursday from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. and Friday from 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Capitol Pub is open Monday- Thursday 4 p.m.-2 a.m. And Friday- Sunday 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

For a more sophisticated night out, head to NeighborHood Services Tavern. You will find the bar separated from the seated tables, but it provides a nice atmosphere to eat, talk and drink with your friends.

The menu offers an array of items, but definitely appeals to a more sophisticated pallet. The Fried Little Asparagus is a great starter, especially when followed by the Tavern Butcher’s Meatloaf. Also, the nightly plates offer wonderful daily specials.

NeighborHood Services outdoor seating area. (PHOTO BY CHRISTINE JONAS/SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

NeighborHood Services, open Monday through Saturday, serves specialty cocktails that are classic and tasty. The bar opens at 5 p.m. and the kitchen opens at 5:30 p.m. I recommend calling ahead to add your party to the wait-list for the evening, tables tend to fill up quickly.

If you want a relaxed lounge feel, with great music and amazing cocktails then J. Blacks Lounge is the place for you. A large circular bar sits in the middle of the room and tables and couches surround it. A patio wraps around the outside offering great outdoor seating options.

Acai Sangria and the BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders are a go-to favorite at J.Blacks. (PHOTO BY CHRISTINE JONAS/SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

With an extensive food and drink menu, you are sure to find something for you. Their cocktails are unique and delicious, especially the Acai Sangria or the Orange Mojito. The dinner plates are wonderful to share, so I recommend ordering the BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders, the Austrailian Lam Chop Lollipops and the Hummus–perfect as a snack for a small group.

J.Blacks Lounge is open Monday- Thursday from 4 p.m.-2 p.m. and Friday- Sunday from 11 a.m.-2a.m.

Contact Information
Capitol Pub
214. 887.9330
2401 N. Henderson Ave., Dallas TX 75206

NeighborHood Services
2405 N. Henderson Ave., Dallas, TX 75206

Blacks Lounge
2409 N. Henderson Ave., Dallas, TX 75206

Opinion Blog: It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere

April 1, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Posted by Laura Ratliff

Happy hours aren’t just for drinks anymore. In Dallas, a city with more restaurants per capita than New York City, happy hours with impressive food menus have been popping up all over the city.

Not sure where to go? I’ve compiled my top three picks – all restaurants that offer not only cheap drinks, but a chance to sample some delectable food for a fraction of the regular menu price. Whether your preference is sushi or a burger, these picks all offer a varied menu and generous pours at prices that will keep even a college student’s wallet happy.

Kona Grill, located in NorthPark Center, has been considered a happy hour favorite since its conception. In addition to the “regular” happy hour which runs from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, Kona is also famous for its “reverse happy hour,” which runs from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Monday through Thursday and from 10 p.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday.

Deeply discounted drinks are only half of the draw for Kona’s faithful happy hour crowd. Where else can you get $3 spicy tuna sushi rolls and $5 calamari? Of course, that’s just a fraction of Kona’s impressive happy hour menu. If you’re not a sushi fan, $5.50 pizzas and a $4.50 ultimate fudge brownie should be enough to get you through the door.

One crucial tip: get there early. On a recent Tuesday afternoon, I was unable to find a table – even the bar area was packed. If you’re particularly lucky, you can enjoy the sunshine at a table on their patio.

While you’re at NorthPark, popular seafood restaurant McCormick & Schmick’s also offers a generous happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday. If those times don’t work for you, give them a try on Sunday, when happy hour runs from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

What’s the food like, you ask? In addition to some of the most intensely garlic-flavored hummus I’ve ever had, you can also score a half-pound cheeseburger, complete with french fries, for $2.95. The lump crab nachos for $4.95 were also a standout – crispy tortilla chips piled high with a spicy black bean salsa and plenty of fresh crab meat.

Unfortunately, drink prices are the only downside to McCormick & Schmick’s otherwise lavish happy hour. The cheapest drinks on the menu are $3.95 and consist of Zeigen Bock beer and a Teeny Lemon Tini. They aren’t exaggerating when they say “teeny” – the drink is miniscule. If you want to spend a bit more, $4.95 can get you a glass of their house-made sangria or a LaTerre chardonnay. Apple-Tinis are also $4.95, for a much more generous pour than the Teeny Lemon Tini.

My favorite happy hour is hosted by a relative newcomer. Lumi Empanada and Dumpling Kitchen, located at 3407 McKinney Ave., may not yet be a fixture of the Dallas dining scene, but I predict it soon will be. Luckily for Lumi, its regular menu is priced so affordably that it is a frequent haunt of mine, regardless of the time.

If I happen to stop in during happy hour, which is held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., Monday through Thursday, I can’t resist the jalapeno and pineapple margarita. Normally priced at $8, the $4 happy hour price tag is much easier on the wallet. The Royal Tea – a mixture of Crown Royal and green tea – is another definite winner.

The food menu is tapas-inspired and consists of several different dishes, all for $4. For that price, you might as well order one of everything! However, if you’re not feeling gluttonous the Thai panang curry chicken dumplings and the Ba Noi egg rolls can’t be missed.

Out of my top three, Lumi is also simply the most comfortable. The restaurant is housed in a converted old house and the open, modern feel of the space is nothing short of inviting. The only down side: parking can be a pain. Lumi does have a very small parking lot located off of Hall Street, but if you drive anything bigger than a Mini, be prepared to execute a 10-point turn to get in and out.

While these three are my top picks, an honorable mention is awarded to Steel, located at 3102 Oak Lawn Ave. The swanky restaurant, which serves what it calls Indochine cuisine, hosts Wednesday happy hours from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. that have garnered quite a following. Sip on a Mangotini and nosh on some complimentary sushi – some of the best in the city.