November 15, 2013
By Adam Schrader and Erin Amburgey-Sood
Many people in the industry debate the definition of gastropub, but it is simply your local bar that is more than your local bar, blending great drinks with great food.
Gastropubs started in New York in the late ’90s. Lately, many have chosen Dallas-Fort Worth as a place of business.
With the growing popularity of gastropubs in DFW, we decided to make this year the launch of our first gastropub list.
Top-notch gastropubs have outstanding and memorable drinks, from craft cocktails to the large beer gardens. The drinks alone are enough of a reason to visit one of the hot spots in the Dallas restaurant industry.
But what about the food?
Gastropub dishes can range from the traditional American grub to more original plates…. all with the help of local, fresh ingredients.
One of the restaurants ranking No. 1 on our list (we had a tie), Whiskey Cake, prides itself on local seasonal menu items and fresh blackboard specials daily, while Nova, No. 8 on our list, claims a chef-driven seasonal menu with free-range, locally sourced proteins. Nova chef Eric Spigner‘s philosophy is to “cook from the soul.” And the No. 3 gastropub, Goodfriend Beer Garden, was recently mentioned by Zagat as having one of Dallas’ “must try burgers.”