Tim McEneny hopes the second location of his restaurant, DISH, becomes a neighborhood classic.

“The goal is to have this in your head as the first choice, the first place you think about,” he says.

With Chef Andrew Bell heading the kitchen, DISH is primed for success. Bell’s resume includes stints at Bolsa, Bistro 31 and Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek – some of Dallas’ most bragged about eateries. For DISH, he has assembled a menu of jazzed up American classics like barbecue-braised short ribs, wild king salmon and lemon-roasted chicken.

“I’ll eat the chicken nine times out of 10,” McEneny says. “And that’s one of the cheapest items on the menu.”

The restaurant also features an extensive list of cocktails. Try Oil Money, a blend of whiskey, pineau des charentes, vermouth and peach bitters. More of a wine person? Ask to speak with Brandon Smoot, the resident sommelier. His relaxed demeanor is enough to make even those who’ve never heard of Napa feel comfortable chatting about grapes.
Drinks and hors d’oeuvres like big-eye tuna crudo, steamed pei mussels and mushroom chèvre flatbread are best enjoyed on the restaurant’s patio, preferably in the evening.

“It’s a different vibe at night,” McEneny says. “You could be in L.A. or Santa Monica. All you’re missing is the water.”

dish – Preston hollow
8611 Hillcrest

Ambiance: Sophisticated

Price range: $8-$25

11 a.m-10 p.m. Mon.-Thurs. & Sun.,
11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri. & Sat.

Did you know?
Owner Tim McEneny worked for Ian Schrager of Studio 54. He managed two of Schrager’s hotels including CLIFT in San Francisco and The Stoneleigh in Dallas.