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The authentic food served here reflects the owner's frequent travels to Spain. The atmosphere is lively and casual, with outside tables to enjoy the sunshine. The offering of 25 various tapas changes on a daily basis, so although you may not find your previous favorite, you may be pleasantly surprised the next time around. Selections may include rabbit, quail, oxtail stew and other Spanish delicacies, as well as a variety of all-vegetable dishes. The all-Spanish wine list here earned the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Home-made desserts are another specialty you won't want to miss. Reservations are not accepted, so plan to stay a while for an excellent meal that is worth the wait.
Authentic Middle Eastern cuisine is what you'll find at Cafe Izmir, voted one of the "100 Best Restaurants in Dallas." The Nazari family maintains a high standard of excellent service and exotic cuisine. Part of the Izmir experience is the anticipation of what meal you will be served. The only decision you'll need to make is the type of meat you prefer, or you can go vegetarian. You might want to make reservations, since this place can get pretty crowded. Izmir provides an upscale, casual environment that highlights the sights and aromas of the Iranian culture. Several dining tables are available for large groups, as well as a patio for outdoorsy types. The eclectic crowd is a source of entertainment in itself. If you're not adventurous enough to let the cook create your meal, take baby steps and start with Tuesday Tapas Night, when you can choose from a wide variety of Middle Eastern appetizers.
Less than two years old, Soho joins just two other Dallas restaurants in providing live jazz. Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights a band crowds onto the postage-stamp-size stage and turns out delightful jazz. The open ceiling creates favorable acoustics, while the blue and steel grey interior is offset with a combination of Asian and Italian decor. Italian and Asian flavors dominate the menu as well, and although the dishes are not traditional, the two tastes are never fused into a single menu item. Lightly seasoned Sea Bass served over Tuscan-style white beans is a house favorite.