Wheelhouse Dallas will keep you’re wheels turning’!
My girlfriend called me to meet her for brunch one Saturday, and typically I have 3 favorite brunch spots I like to rotate, but when she said she wanted to try something new of course I was down. I haven’t heard much about wheelhouse before coming except for all of the hype based around the 18 foot tall art installation they have right out front. Located in the Dallas Design District and shares a courtyard with its sister restaurant Sassetta. The crowd was young professionals, and everyone seemed to be really relaxed, and enjoying the environment. Wheelhouse is the kind of place you come to hang out and not just dine and leave, with corn hole in the middle of the patio, its easy to see why. The Headington Concepts group is also behind CBD Provisions, The Rustic, Midnight Rambler and the porch, to name just a few.
The food and drink menu have some elegant touches, but in general it is American fair with really good sourced ingredients. Gastropub meets fresh market. It was pretty busy when we came in, and was greeted by an incredibly friendly staff, we opted to sit in the bar area, so our server was also our bartender, and he was awesome. Extremely knowledgable about the menu and made some really good suggestions for us. We started off with the smoked trout dip, served with house made salt and vinegar kettle chips! OMG! There are no words to truly describe how good this dip was other than go in and get it! We also tried the house made pretzel in a spicy beer mustard and salted whipped butter, another fantastic suggestion by our server. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better I ordered my entree the Yellowfin poke bowl; brown rice, avocado, shiitake, cabbage, and a roasted jalapeño aioli. HANDS DOWN THE BEST ITEM ON THE MENU!!!!!!! It was so fresh and a really generous portion, that had me walking in bliss all afternoon long. My girlfriend got the grain bowl which was also delicious. While we came for brunch we ended up ordered off the regular menu, although the brunch menu looked divine. Most definitely will have to come back to try the brunch, although it will be so hard after trying my poke bowl.
Since we were in a rush (we were starving) I didn’t get to plan my outfit, but luckily I felt super comfortable when we showed up. Next time I go, I might opt for something a little more dressy or trendy just to fit in with the ambiance of the place, but this is a perfect example with the most casual I would wear there.