In 2017, the surest indicator of an area on the gastronomic rise is a restaurant serving poké, the Hawaiian raw fish salad that has become ubiquitous in hipster ‘hoods. So when Joon Choe’s FreshFin Poké Co opened in Lower Greenville in Dallas earlier this year, it was a sure sign that the neighbourhood has become a seriously good place to eat.
Dallas, for the most part, has been a city better known for its oil than its cuisine (steaks aside, of course), but Lower Greenville is flying the flag for smart dining. The Blind Butcher sees Oliver Sitrin employ both lesser-used and highly exclusive cuts of meat to make crowd-pleasing snacks such as his Wagyu tartare with pickled quail egg, while Nathan Tate serves reworked classics at nearby Southern neo-bistro Rapscallion.
Set in a former car-repair shop, Truck Yard pulls in huge crowds with its Airstream food trucks and treehouse bar. “Lower Greenville feels like a town in the big city,” says owner Jason Boso. “We learned that even Dallas’s high-income, well-to-do neighbours want to put their feet up on old tyre sometimes.”