ABACUS Eclectic. Local celebrity chef Kent Rathbun, who defeated Iron Chef Bobby Flay on The Food Network, presents a menu of “global eclectic” cuisine with an emphasis on the Pacific Rim. Check out the newly redesigned décor. www.kentrathbun.com. 4511 McKinney Ave., 214.559.3111. CAFÉ MADRID Spanish/Tapas. Celebrating 25 years as Dallas’ longest-running Spanish restaurant
and tapas bar, Cafe Madrid offers patrons a cozy, intimate setting, reminiscent of the little cafes found on the streets of Madrid. Paella cooked over a wood fire is available with 24 hours notice. Spanish wines, sherries and homemade sangria are also available. www.cafemadrid-dallas.com. 4501 Travis St., 214.528.1731. CANARY BY GORJI Mediterranean. As the back-toback Texas Steak Cookoff champion, Chef Gorji knows exactly how to prepare the perfect steak. Canary by Gorji also offers an impressive wine selection and a cozy patio for dining al fresco. www. canarybygorji.com. 5100 Belt Line Road, Ste. 402, Addison, 972.503.7080. COSMIC CAFE Vegetarian. From its colorful exterior to the laid-back atmosphere, it’s easy to see why Cosmic Cafe is a long-time Dallas favorite. All menu choices are vegetarian and use a wide variety of fresh, tasty produce. www.cosmiccafedallas. com. 2912 Oak Lawn Ave., 214.521.6157. HULA HUT Global. With a tiki torch-infused vacation vibe and a menu that mixes Mexican and Polynesian cuisine, Hula Hut is a laid-back restaurant and bar overlooking Lewisville Lake and an adjacent wake park. Enjoy margaritas on the expansive patio while watching a man-made volcano erupt, and look out for the resident’s restaurant shark, which can be seen by its dorsal fin cruising around the Hula Hut pond. www.hulahutlittleelm.com. 210 E. Eldorado Pkwy., Little Elm, 214.618.4852. INDIA PALACE RESTAURANT Indian. Located in North Dallas, India Palace Restaurant offers an extensive menu of Northern Indian cuisine. The lunch buffet is especially popular. www.indiapalacedallas.com. 12817 Preston Road, Ste. 105, 972.392.0190. SALUM Global. An open kitchen grants diners a backstage view. Chef/Owner Abraham Salum’s French, Belgium, and Mexican influences permeate the zesty dishes such as the Grilled Ahi Tuna Ciabatta with Wasabi Mayonnaise or the tropical Grilled Wahoo. www.salumrestaurant.com. 4152 Cole Ave., Ste. 103, 214.252.9604.