My pick for the best American inspired menu was actually a suggestion from one of our regular guests at Bailey’s Uptown Inn. He reminded me of this great little place in Deep Ellum, which is less than a mile from Bailey’s, called Local. I haven’t been there in a while but when I went back to look at the menu I made a reservation.  Deep Ellum isn’t what it used to be but this place is worth the trip.

The decor is modern yet inviting.  There are multiple rooms which keeps the noise under control and makes it feel cozy.  It is definitely a special occasion place but the food and attention to detail are both excellent. As the name implies, the focus of the restaurant is to bring fresh local ingredients that change with the seasons.

The first thing that comes to the table is a small dish of warm spicy nuts and a sample of the soup, two small bites but both were enough to whet your appetite for more. For an appetizer we had the fried green beans, which are crispy and surprisingly light. They come with a delectable garlic sauce.

For the main course I had the hazelnut mustard crusted halibut. I love nuts and mustard, together they were unbeatable and it was perfectly cooked. My husband had the burger basket and he didn’t leave a bite behind. It wasn’t just your basic burger. It was juicy and paired with caramelized onions, horse radish for a bit of spice and the original panko crusted tator tots.

The portions are small, but for me that is a good thing because I can try lots without feeling miserable at the end of the meal. Especially because the highlight for me is always dessert. This place had an excellent chocolate trio, a must for any chocolate lover. The trio includes a mini chocolate milk shake, small chewy chocolate brownie cookie and small chocolate souffle. Do I need to say more?

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Located at 2936 Elm Street.

 

 

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