Got the travel bug? While jet-setting to faraway places may be out of the question at the moment, there are plenty of ways to satisfy your sense of wanderlust right here in Dallas. Check out these local restos and bars for a much-needed getaway that’s (almost) as good as the real thing.
CiboDivino’s outdoor patio is the perfect spot for a socially distant wine night.
When you can’t stop singing “Mambo Italiano”…
This Highland Park eatery is an upscale iteration of the quintessential Italian American corner store. The menu comprises simple yet exceptional dishes that will have you saying, “delizioso!” after one bite. Staples include spaghetti meatballs, tortellini vodka and linguine with shrimp scampi. Top off dinner with a glass of Italian vino or a classic cannoli. 4208 Oaklawn Ave., 214.522.4208, carbonesdallas.com
With a name that translates to “divine food,” CiboDivino’s Sylvan Thirty location was modeled after an authentic Italian market where patrons gather to share food, wine and conversation. Large windows and an urban farmhouse design give the space a light, airy feel. Shop locally sourced meats from the carnezzeria, 300-plus Italian wines at the enoteca and artisan cheeses, olives and salumi at the asporto. 1868 Sylvan Ave., 214.653.2426, cibodivinomkt.com
An alfresco evening at CiboDivino
A fixture at the Dallas Farmers Market, this cafe boasts authentic Italian coffee, pastries and gelato—all made from scratch. Inspired by the specialty coffee shops of his native southern Italy, owner Corrado Palmieri gives Dallas a true taste of his hometown. Snack on a cornetto or a cannoncino—two puff pastry varieties—while you sip an Americano. 920 S. Harwood St., Ste. 100, 214.684.9932, palmiericafe.com
rise n°1’s whimsical Inwood Village location
When Paris is the only cure for your ennui…
Owner and executive pastry chef Andrea Meyer brings her passion for French baking to this charming West Village spot. Complement your daily cup of coffee with a pain au chocolat or a blueberry scone—and don’t leave without a box of the bakery’s signature macarons. 3700 McKinney Ave., Ste. 150, 214.613.3570, bisous-bisous.com
For a taste of St-Tropez, look no further than downtown Dallas. In a highly anticipated arrival, acclaimed French patisserie La Tarte Tropézienne has officially opened its first U.S. outpost. Delight in a variety of handrolled croissants, gourmet sandwiches and luxe caviars—or just stick to the basics. The bakery’s namesake item, a cream-filled tart, is a recipe that dates back to 1950s France. 1604 Main St., Ste. 110, 972.645.7879, facebook.com/latartetropezienneusa
rise’s violet soufflé, featured in the Rise to the Occasion cookbook
3. rise n°1
This Inwood Village mainstay specializes in soufflés, both savory and sweet. Known for its dreamy ambiance, the bistro brings a sense of warmth that makes patrons feel at home—a rare feat in the world of fine French cuisine. Savory soufflé options range from crab to jambon and Gruyere, while sweet flavors include bread pudding and praline pecan. Pro tip: The signature marshmallow soup is a must; the name is a misnomer. rise n°1: 5360 W. Lovers Lane, Ste. 220, 214.366.9900; rise n°3: 5135 Monahans Ave., Fort Worth, 817.737.7473, risesouffle.com
Photography by: from top, photos: courtesy of CiboDivino; by Kathy Tran; by Bryan Burlison; by Courtney Perry