These Paintings Are Strictly Tabu
Though it's been gone eight years, it's still hard to believe Strictly Tabu isn't still hanging out at the intersection of Lomo Alto and Lemmon -- damned good pizza, if I recall correctly, and it was the perfect place to take a date when you wanted to feel like you were, I dunno, not in Dallas. Oh, yeah -- and the jazz. Though -- again, if I recall correctly -- toward the end of its run, Tabu was more into that lite-jazz thing, much more shades of Yellowjackets than, oh, Miles Davis. Regardless, the joint's missed among those who find Dallas' jazz scene sorely lacking.
But if you'd like a pretty substantial keepsake from Tabu, look no further than eBay, where someone is selling three of Eugeni Kolykhanov's familiar pink-flamingo paintings that hung in the club from 1995 till the shut-down in '99. They ain't cheap: The opening bid for the trio is $2,500, But you can't put a price on a memory, now can you? Oh, wait -- you can. My bad. --Robert Wilonsky