Chef Stephan Pyles’s Arts District restaurant is lost: It belongs in Barcelona. Evidence: the tapas-ceviche counter and a geometric-laden look Mr. Picasso would admire. Foodwise, it is tough to go astray here, but, for lunch’s sake, sit at the 12-seat tapas bar. It’s intimate; it’s lively; and it’s warm. A wood-burning oven fires pesto-chicken pizzas just a few feet away, and the barside ceviche-maker is like a gourmet artist. You’ll get lost just watching the lime-infused process. No doubt, there is no better place to have lunch solo in the entire city.
Local Thought: Chef Stephan Pyles’s bio reads like a culinary philanthropist’s. He has helped found three remarkable food organizations, including The Hunger Link, a Dallas program that matches hotels and restaurants with 27 feeding agencies.
Info: 1807 Ross Avenue, Suite 200; www.stephanpyles.com or (214) 580-7000