MARCH | APRIL 2019 75 alsorecommendtheConnecticutLobstaRoll—butterpoachedlobsteron a bun. The tasty rolls are joined by shrimp cocktail, peel & eat shrimp, a smoked salmon dip and the restaurant’s celebrated Clam Chowder.  Come forthefoodandfortheEastCoastvibe. LegacyHall 7800WindroseAve. |Plano (972)473-2722 TheKeeper Sustainable seafood and a tropical tiki bar create the just-right com- bination to give you a little taste of your last beach-y vacation. The menu's "Just Flew In" section of- fers the day's freshest selections, both artfully prepared and utterly delicious. There are also some un- expectedseafoodmenuchoices,in- cluding shareable portions of Crab Fried Rice with crispy Spam and topped with a perfectly cooked egg, and the Hamachi Crudo—buttery, raw Hamachi topped with apple, avocado, chilies, yuzu sauce and delicate micro greens. House salads are fresh and seasonalingredient-inspired,andifyou'resimplynotinthemoodforfish, TheKeeperoffersasuperbGrilledHalfChickenwithTomatoButterSauce. 5840LegacyCircle,Ste.D100|Plano (469)210-5337 TheOceanaireSeafoodRoom While this may be considered more of a date night place, if you happen to bring your in-laws here for a night out, they’ll never forget it. The freshest seafood in a sleek setting makes The Oceanaire the perfect spot for a luxurious dinner with top-notch service. Menu of- ferings are based entirely on fresh- nessandavailability,soarrivepreparedto“justgowithit.”Thereareseveral sides you won’t want to miss including Chardonnay Roasted Mushrooms andShells&CheesewithSmokedGoudaandApplewoodBacon.Theirfull barmightjustmakeyouforgetyoupromisedtopickupthetab. TheWestinGalleriaDallas 13340DallasPkwy.|Dallas (972)759-2277 Southern SugarbaconProperKitchen When we think of Sugarbacon, we think of upscale comfort food in a warm, rustic setting. Let’s start with the signature appetizer: sugarbacon. Picture a perfect little cube of house-smoked Berkshire pork belly, glazed in smoky ancho BBQ sauce, sitting atop spicy bread and butter pickles on a tiny piece of toasted bread. Berkshire pork is known for its rich taste—thought by sometobethe“Kobebeefofpork.”Onebiteofitandyou’llknowwhy.But try not to get stuck in the appetizer section, or you’ll miss out on several other delicious offerings, such as the collard green salad with bacon, bleu cheese and pickled apple or the mighty fine SB burger made with local Wagyubeefandtoppedwith,yougotit,sugarbacon.Southernsideswith atwist,likegreenchilehominy,roundoutthemealnicely. 216W.VirginiaSt.|McKinney (469)952-5150 6400GastonAve.|Dallas (972)290-0731 TheRustic The gigantic patio is always packed! Enjoy down-home food made from scratchdaily. ThemenufeaturesseafoodfromtheGulf,steaksourcedfrom local ranchers, and dairy and produce grown by local farmers. The bar- tenders stay busy, pouring the most prolific collection of local beverages intown,including40beersontap. 3656HowellSt.|Dallas (214)730-0596 WhistleBritches The logo says a lot: Chicken. Bis- cuits.Beer.Butwhatitdoesn’tcon- veyisthatChefOmarFloresandhis team pickle brine each and every bird, creating one of the juiciest, most flavorful chicken experiences we’ve ever had. And at Whistle Britches,itisallaboutchicken:half chickens, whole chickens, roasted chickens,friedchickentenders—evenchickensglazedwithpomegranate molasses. Sides and starters are comfort-driven, such as pickled jalapeño pimento cheese, served with saltines. Or deviled eggs with country ham. Three cheese mac. Grits with gouda. Are you hungry yet? Brunch, lunch anddinnerserved,alongwithaniceselectionofcocktails,beerandwine. Dessertsarestraightforwardandtotallydecadent. 6110FrankfordRd.|Dallas (972)590-8991 2405DallasParkway|Plano (214)299-5971 Steakhouse IIIForks With a North Dallas location cov- ering 25,000 square feet, III Forks can accommodate everything from datenights,tofamilygatherings,to big parties, and even giant corpo- rate and special events (up to 900 people). You’d think with all that available space, the intimate steak- house vibe would be lost but that isn’t the case. Superior service and individual dining rooms, each named after a Texas hero who fought for independence, help make this place unique.StartwithIIIForksfamoussaladwithtoastedpecans,bluecheese, Granny Smith apples, and a not-too-sweet maple pecan vinaigrette, then moverightontoyourmain—whetheryouprefersteakorseafood,it’sse- riously all good. If we were you, we’d order one of every side dish, but if youcanonlyfindroomforone,don’tmisstheLobsterMac&Cheese—it’s todiefor. 17776DallasPkwy.|Dallas (972)267-1776 AlBiernat’s Since 1998, Al Biernat’s has offered quality prime aged steaks, the fresh- est seafood, and the perfect locale on Oak Lawn Avenue to suit the needs of Dallas’glitterati, date nights, and family gatherings. You’ll find all the upscale steakhouse favorites, including just about every cut of steak imaginable, chops, chopped or Caesar salad, fresh oysters, and the seri- ously-creamiest-of-creamedspinach.Startwiththesmallorlargeseafood tower to share and you won’t be disappointed. An intimate bar area is a terrific spot to meet up with a friend or co-worker, and the attentive staff will ensure that your special occasion will be memorable. In fact, every mealatAlBiernat’sismemorable. 4217OakLawnAve.|Dallas (214)219-2201 5251SpringValleyRd.|Dallas (972)239-3400 FogodeChao FogodeChaoliterallymeans“groundfire,”referringtowhattherestaurant is famous for—the traditional gaucho method of roasting meats over an open fire. This Brazilian fine dining experience ensures you’ll enjoy the juiciest meats (including steak, chicken, lamb and pork), delicious sides (we love the crispy polenta) and award-winning wines. And while you probably associate Fogo de Chao with meat, there are plenty of lighter optionsforvegetariansandpescatarians,too—ChileanSeaBassiscooked toperfection,toppedwithalusciousmangorelishandmalaguetapepper sauce. Yes, it’s the perfect place for family celebrations, but don’t save it forspecialoccasions:startingatjust$15,theGauchoLunchfeaturesfresh salads,importedcheese,curedmeats,seasonalsoupsandmore. MultiplelocationsthroughoutDFW KnifeNewListing We’re soooo happy that Knife has made its way north. We’ve loved Chef John Tesar’s steakhouse cre- ation since it opened its doors at the Highland Dallas, and now we have another option at the Shops of Willow Bend. “Exotic” steaks are dry-aged up to 240 days for superior flavor, crusty on the out- side and melt-in-your-mouth on the inside. When we say every cut here is exceptional, we mean it. If you’re not wanting beef, though, seafood is also expertly prepared, and there are several options for vegetarians, too. Extensivewinelistandcigars. 6121W.ParkBlvd.|Plano (214)299-5935 5300E.MockingbirdLn.|Dallas (214)443-9339 JaxxSteakhouse Texans are known for loving steak, but (those of us who are carni- vores) are picky. Jaxx Steakhouse getsallofitright,whereoldschool urban charm meets today’s mod- ern tastes. Sure, you’ll find tradi- tionalfavoriteslikeshrimpcocktail and fried calamari, but you’ll also wanttotrythesteakeggrollappe- tizerstuffedwithonion,bellpepperandcheese.Andofcourse—thebeef: whether you’re craving a filet, NY strip or ribeye—or something lighter like Lemon Pepper Tilapia or Pan Seared Ahi Tuna with bok choy—each dishispreparedwithloveandcreativeflair. 14925MidwayRd.,Ste.101|Addison (972)458-7888 Rick’sChophouse Located in the beautiful Grand Hotel & Ballroom in downtown McKinney, Rick’s is absolutely a date destination. Comfy leather couches, live music fromlocalartistsThursdaythroughSaturdayandhandcraftedcocktailsare justpartofwhatmakesRick’ssopopularbutit’sachophouse,afterall,and therealemphasishereisonthefood.Mouthwateringsteaks,juicyburgers, fresh seafood) along with classic, hearty salads. And since you’ve already bookedthesitter,whynotincludeanovernightstayatthehistorichotel? 107N.Kentucky|McKinney (214)726-9251 Good Eats dining options, go to For a complete listing of goodEATS