Parigi New American/Italian/Parisian bistro 3311 Oak Lawn Avenue, Dallas, Tx 214-521-0295
Dallas Restaurant Review:
Parigi has style. Parigi has a creative kitchen. And Parigi has great food. It is impossible to pigeon-hole this restaurant, which styles itself as “a neighborhood bistro”. It doesn't fit any single category. It's just good.
SETTING - Parigi is on the ground floor of an Oak Lawn office building. Park around back like the regulars do and come in the back door. The kitchen is very open to the dining room – not even a counter in between. The clientele runs to trendy 30-somethings and well-heeled 40- somethings, but being in Oak Lawn, it’s a real mix. The atmosphere is lively.
FOOD - At one time, I might have said that it was an Italian restaurant, but it's much more. Finally I asked the chef. He described it as "New American ... well ... eclectic". Then he explained that "Parigi" is the Italian word for Paris, so there is an emphasis on Italian and also some French. (Got that?) New American/Italian/Parisian. Whatever – it's 100% great. And a lot of their ingredients come from local farms and sources.
To start with, their Portobello Fries with Truffle Buttermilk Cream are guaranteed to please, or if you really like French, try the pâté. Then you might move on to the Pappardella pasta with Lobster, Shrimp & Artichoke Hearts (Italian), or the Grilled Fish infused with extra-virgin olive oil, or the Beef Tenderloin with Whole Grain Mustard sauce (strictly Napa Valley). But the menu evolves continually. Luckily, the most popular items (like those mentioned above) are standards. In any case, I have never been disappointed. Check their web site for the latest menus.
DRINKS – Parigi has a very small bar with good drinks, open all day. The wine list is interesting – many I didn't recognize.
AMBIANCE – What was once sleek and chic has mellowed into a relaxed neighborhood dining spot – a trendy-restaurant-turned-Oak-Lawn-favorite.
RESERVATIONS – Definitely on weekends, and they don't hurt on weekdays.
BOTTOM LINE - A cool restaurant, friendly service, great food. Nothing quite like it in Dallas.