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Hattie’s is True Southern Cuisine

Posted Aug 10 2012 2:52pm

Sunday Funday in Dallas finished up with a fancier meal at Hattie’s in Oak Cliff’s Bishop Arts District. This area of Dallas is a little quieter and a little more artsy and eclectic than the other areas I visited.

Hattie’s is an American bistro with a Southern low country influence, and reminded me so much of Charleston, South Carolina. Clean white walls and linens, dark black wood tables, and simple calla lilies placed around the restaurant. It was feminine yet bold and very sophisticated with out being stuffy. The dishes are simple Southern cuisine with a sophisticated twist and the menu changes seasonally to take advantage of the freshest available produce.

I started with a glass of rosé, and we shared two delicious, very southern, appetizers. Fried Green Tomatoes and Fried Oysters. Both were very good. Neither one was too greasy or terribly fried, but just the right amount of breading to add flavor to the main ingredient. And the sauces that accompanied the dishes just took each one to the next level.

We shared an unpictured salad of greens with dried fruit and nuts that was dressed in a vinaigrette and ordered a bottle of Albariño to have with our entrees.

The friend chose shrimp a grits for his entree, which he had never had before, and I went with the special, which was Risotto with White Fish (I cant remember what kind), Shrimp, Sausage, and topped with Fried Oysters all in a Tabasco Cream Sauce. The entire dish was out of this world. Again, one of the best things I ate in Dallas. It had just the right amount of heat, and the tabasco cream sauce just made the entire dish come together. It was seasoned perfectly, the risotto was cooked just right, the seafood was fresh, and the dish was seriously outstanding.

After dinner we walked to a nearby bar and enjoy a late night drink. I loved the fact that Dallas was filled was so many cute restaurants and bars that had outdoor seating. Each one looked so cute and trendy, and I wish I had more time to try them all. Once I saw the copper mugs at this bar, I knew I wanted to order a Moscow Mule.

I love this drink, made from vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice, and a definitely want to find copper mugs of my own. Great ending to a fabulous night.

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