Executive Chef Richard Blankenship has recently taken the helm at CBD Provisions and brought with him a fresh perspective to the venue's modern Texas cuisine, with a focus on locally-driven, seasonal ingredients and a “nose-to-tail” cooking. The name comes from its Central Business District address, in case you were wondering. I was recently invited in to see how Richard has added his own personal flair to the menu. Among his changes? The new “Provisions” section, offers a range of items meant to be shared with a group, served with a loaf of housemade sourdough bread. Options include Chicken Liver Mousse with pepper jelly, Spicy Oil-Cured Peas with chile de arbol and mint, and Preserved Shitake Mushrooms with fried rosemary Chef’s Texas Charcuterie Board, featuring a variety of smoked Texas meats including German garlic sausages and “urban BBQ” tri-tip; Texas cheddar pimento cheese; a mix of bread and butter-style pickles; pickled jalapeños; housemade mustards; and housemade potato bread. Larger format dishes including the roasted Windy Meadows Chicken with Nelson’s greens and preserved citrus, and Mediterranean-inspired Braised Lamb Shoulder with fresh chickpeas and harissa yogurt.
Texas Monthly says, "There is a down-the-rabbit-hole aspect to CBD Provisions. If you step from the arty, modern Joule Hotel lobby into this cleverly designed dining room, you may think you’ve wandered into a secret chamber that was boarded up decades ago and only recently rediscovered. Dish-towel napkins, old buff-brick walls, and reclaimed-wood floors speak to farmhouse aesthetics. They also reinforce the “Texas brasserie” menu." If you are looking for a romantic date night spot or place to impress out-of-toners, you won't go wrong here. The DMN says of the place, "The tableau is edgy — and incredibly cool. It signals downtown Dallas’ newly earned status as the place to be... Did you arrive early for your reservation? Well, good — take a seat (at the bar) and prepare to be impressed." Need to entertain business clients or taking the family? "If you have a large party, reserve a table in front of the exhibition kitchen and take advantage of the family-style offerings," recommends D Magazine. In short, all the experts (and me) agree that CBD Provisions is a good bang-for-your-buck experience in terms of visual aesthetics, good food, strong drinks and service. Who could ask for more?
CBD Provisions is located at 1530 Main St, Dallas, TX 75201.(214) 261-4500, www.cbdprovisions.com.
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