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Fearless Critic restaurant review
Dallas
Food
Feel
Price
8.0
7.5
$30
Modern
Casual restaurant

Hours
Sun–Thu 11:00am–10:00pm
Fri–Sat 11:00am–11:00pm

Features Date-friendly, outdoor dining, veg-friendly
Bar Beer, wine, liquor
Credit cards Visa, MC, AmEx
Reservations Not accepted

www.bolsadallas.com

Oak Cliff
614 W. Davis St.
Dallas, TX
(214) 367-9367
Bolsa
Hot Modern American cooking is in the bag—eat it on the beautiful patio

When Bolsa opened in an old garage along the historic Bankhead Highway route (now known as Davis Street), its simple menu and basic concept reverberated through the Dallas dining scene. Few restaurants in 2008 tied their kitchens to seasonal goods from local farms. Few risked changing their menu on a daily basis. None bragged about the lack of a walk-in freezer or deep-fat fryer. These days such themes are commonplace.

Bolsa didn’t invent the local, seasonal ethic, of course. Chef Graham Dodds and his crew just brought it down several notches: flatbreads, stews, burgers, and bistro fare priced for everyday dining. It helps that the place has a unique hip-yet-comfortable vibe, a strong cocktail program and one of the best beer garden-style patios in the city. A small market area offers local honey and other staples for home.

But people wait an hour or more for a table on busy nights for the extraordinarily deft cooking, rather than the cool-quaint atmosphere. Pulled pork burrows under tangy slaw, pan-fried (of course) schnitzel melts in your mouth, leaving buttery traces. Flatiron steak is masculine and tender at the same time. Simply put, Bolsa brings fine dining, recession-friendly pricing, bare comfort, and a consciously hip atmosphere under one roof.

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