The Restaurants of One Arts Plaza are Officially a Snooze

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By many accounts, Dallas' dining scene is improving. Restaurants have gotten more James Beard Awards and increased national attention as innovative and passionate cooking slowly edges closer to mainstream. Both Nancy Nichols at D and Leslie Brenner at the DMN have noted progress within the last year, and I'm seeing it too. It's an exciting time to be a food lover in Dallas.

See also:
- This Week's Review: A Greek, Maybe, But Not The Greek

One Arts, on the other hand, is slowly moving backward. Last summer The Commissary, Screen Door and Tei-An anchored the plaza with genuinely interesting cooking. Just a year later, Teiichi Sakurai's spin on modern Japanese cuisine is the only restaurant worth the valet parking on its own.

The Greek, which replaced The Commissary last fall, has been a major disappointment. Not a single dish grabbed me as particularly noteworthy or evocative, and much of the menu is so boring it rivals melatonin. I was excited to see gyros fashioned from thinly shaved pork, but then the bread they were served on was terrible. Shipped from Canada, the loaves undoubtedly pass scores of better examples of bread baking -- some as close as Dallas' own suburbs.

On the other side of the plaza Café des Artistes brings us yet another Lombardi Restaurant concept. As far as corporate restaurants go, the Lombardi's produce some of the safest restaurants you can dine in. It's rare that you'll have a terribly disappointing meal in any of their establishments, but you'll never leave inspired either. All this in a world class arts district.

Just down the street, some of the most creative people in Dallas are bringing amazing art music and culture to downtown Dallas. With the exception of Tei-An, it's a shame the restaurants aren't keeping up.


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The Greek

1722 Routh St., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant


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18 comments
dallasrob
dallasrob

Steve is pretty much a fool. That place failures all come back to Lucy Billingsly. She pretty much ruins everything she touches and now she wants to build a one arts two. She had no real reason to close screen door ( as it was doing great) . That place will only go as the Winspear has shows otherwise its a lost cause as long as L B is in charge.

Ashley Keith
Ashley Keith

Siiiigh, miss The Commissary's Farmer Burger so much! Does anyone else in Dallas put a DUCK EGG on theirs??

Jeremy Haldeman
Jeremy Haldeman

Used to always go to The Commissary before a show and enjoyed their burgers, but I guess we didn't go enough 'cause they're gone.

Cory Kent
Cory Kent

They're not lying...I only eat at Jorge's because its downstairs from my office. Would never pay to eat there outside of work hours.

Bryant Bernardo
Bryant Bernardo

In a word... meh. Loved the Screen Door before a show at the Windspear or Meyerson.

Steve
Steve

The Commissary was utter bullshit.  Never adhered to hours of operation as posted on their website.  Try to walk in during off-peak hours and the service fucks would look at you as if you asked for some of their coke.


One Arts Plaza needs a little Jimmy's or some shit, some kind of convenience store that does coffees and wines with a Bodega feel, but also sells toiletries and shit, right across from the DSO.  Open early and late.


To solve for the restaurants, cut the shit with the proprietary one-offs and put a fucking Houston's/Hillstone, or a Z Tejas, or something that already exists and is a boilerplate for traffic.   And stop charging for parking.


You're welcome.

J_A_
J_A_

The rent is too high for anything to last there unless it's spectacular(ly expensive, like Tei An). We're not going to find any reasonably priced casual dining spots here.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

The sanitized bullshit of the Art's District is a snooze....what a surprise? Any place that capitulates to the fickle notion of the trend laden yuppie is doomed to failure. I operated a business down yonder years ago, and nearly pulled all of my hair our. Yuppie fruits. 

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

Not surprised at the Greek's failures. Years ago I visited with Ziziki's owner while having a Greek salad at the bar. He asked me what I thought of the salad and I told him it was good, but the tomatoes were awful (Florida Flavorlesses, probably refrigerated, too). I mentioned that it being June, excellent vine ripened were readily available at the Farmers Market. He told me straight up that he ordered from Sysco only.

joeat
joeat

I also was so disappointed in The Greek and I love Ziziki's and have been going regularly since it opened.  The Greek totally misses.  That and Cafe Artistes are short lived which is too bad.  What is next?  These two are about as nothing and boring as possible.  Come on. 

whocareswhatithink
whocareswhatithink

And when you leave Café des Artistes your wallet will def be lighter and your stomach not as full as it should be

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@dallasrob

Lucy and Crow Holdings have a pretty big foothold on Arts Plaza and the Design District properties; I don't know that she  "ruins everything she touches"?  In fact, several of her developments have done quite well (Austin Ranch), and I actually respect her business acumen, savvy and longevity. 

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@Steve

"Never adhered to hours of operation as posted on their website.  Try to walk in during off-peak hours and the service fucks would look at you as if you asked for some of their coke"

That's the nature of the beast in Arts Plaza and the Design Center, traffic varies GREATLY, and there are off peak hours that make that place look like the dessert in January. 

Rents are too expensive for regular restaurants.

ps-Don't ever ask for the staffs coke.....bad idea. 

Yoyo25
Yoyo25

@Steve Are you unaware that not only is One Arts Plaza 7/11's world headquarters, but that there IS a 7/11 right next to The Greek? 

looptwelve
looptwelve

@primi_timpano They also used canned dolmas, put Hidden Valley ranch in their tzatziki sauce and put garlic salt in EVERYTHING they make. Oh and their seafood is all frozen and I've been told they get it from Costco at times. But put ranch in anything and the honkies will come crawling back.

MikeD
MikeD

@primi_timpano With the crazy high prices Ziziki's charges you would think they would give a crap about quality.  But the lemmings keep going, so why should they.

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