Matt McCallister does the Design District


Matt McCallister does the Design District
Matt McCallister does the Design District


Matt McCallister's latest takes its name from its chef's table's ID number, and kitchen lingo for the order to prep the next course: "fire table", or how Trump works up his courage before firing Meat Loaf. Designed by Hatsumi Kuzuu (Urban Taco), the 80-seater achieves its modern-industrial aesthetic with touches like a 9ft granite slab for watching food-making, a 140lb Vulcan anvil displayed like sculpture, and a barnwood-supported marble bar, probably what kept the stars of Marble Madness from ever rolling straight. The menu will evolve with the seasons over the course of a year, but for now warm up your paunch with bar snacks like candied oxtail bao-buns with Fresno chiles & creme fraiche, and mustard- & cumin-glazed lamb ribs with roasted dates. Then take a Uni course in pancakes with a uni & chive short stack under bonito aioli & yuzu kosho; or quit screwing around and go straight for pork loin served with corn, mustard, olive, smoked mayo, and cherries. House-infused spirits liven up classics like the Corpse Reviver #2 and the Calvados Sidecar, while the yeast party gets crafty with locals like Ugly Pug and Fireman's #4, which'll hopefully put out the fire in your belly, and not the one on your table.

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1. FT33 1617 Hi Line Dr , Dallas, TX 75207 (Design District)

Offering seasonal-inspired modern cuisine, this 80-seater is aesthetically pleasing in more ways than one, from the sculptures and decor that adorn the interior to the scrupulous preparation of each individual plate.