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Boxwood Tap+Grill brings creative casual to uptown Dallas

With cheap drinks, classic menu options and an abundance of TV screens broadcasting any game you can think of, Boxwood Tap+Grill has everything you would want out of a neighborhood eatery.

The Rosemary Buck.
Tyler Curry

However, this new bar and grill is located in the historic State Thomas neighborhood in the heart of Uptown. So to attract the pallets of this city’s urbanites, it takes more than just nachos and Miller Lite to keep the lights on.

The Food.

The menu is purposefully simple, with a focus on burgers, sandwiches, salads and just a handful of entrees. However, this new restaurant’s focus is on the quality details that are displayed in the descriptions of their offerings.

Boxwood falls right in line with modern American fare, with options such as sweet potato hummus, harvest salads and side items like roasted Brussels sprouts, spaghetti squash and mac and cheese. The food is on par with the best of the many other restaurants now featuring such classics, but the price point still reflects that of casual pub food.

The kind ranch chicken sandwich is the stand-out on the menu. The chicken is buttery, the crust is perfect and the sauce is so savory that you immediately feel guilty for eating it. But make sure and spend the two dollars to switch out the house-made potato chips for one of their side dishes. It is money well spent.

The pan-seared chicken is also a winner, both for it’s smoky and juicy flavor and for the creamy spaghetti squash it is served with. Technically, this is a meat and vegetable dish. But the taste is more like a sinful fettuccini than that of a gourd. This dish could be served in any upscale steakhouse at a much higher price point, so this $19 entrée is something that shouldn’t be missed.

Any place that claims to be a neighborhood grill must serve some mean wings. For the wing purest, Boxwood offers the original Texas Hot. But for those looking for a twist on their favorite game time food, they can choose from chili pepper, Texas honey and peach bourbon flavorings. The best option is definitely the chili pepper, and although the flavor is almost a perfect 10, it could still use a little heat.

The Drinks.

Quite simply, Boxwood’s handcrafted cocktails are awesome. With handmade mixers, premium label liquors and a well-selected draft, you will leave happy no matter what your libation of choice is. The Highland Smash is the top pick on the list with a rich flavor or honey, good scotch and citrus notes.

The Rosemary Buck is their version of the Moscow Mule and their spin adds an aromatic twist to the new brunch time favorite. And with only 10 draft beers to choose from, Boxwood did well in achieving quantity over quality. Local favorites such as Founder’s All Day IPA to Lakewood Lager, but if you must stick with a Miller Lite, you are covered as well.

The Atmosphere.

Boxwood is located in fully restored historic building complete with original craftsmanship, exposed brick, rustic tin ceilings and beautiful hardwood flooring. The restaurant is open, relaxed and perfect for the uptown dweller looking for a patio for their next best Sunday Funday destination.

This place has enough style for the discerning uptown resident without the pomp and circumstance that requires a pair of heals or a collared shirt. It’s trendy, but accessible, and the ambiance flows from dining through the décor.

Boxwood Tap+Grill is a welcome addition to the Dallas food landscape and a nice upgrade from the location’s previous establishment, TABC. Where the former watering hole was a practically a dive saved only by the swanky neighborhood and prime patio real estate, Boxwood does well to satisfy the finer tastes of the uptown elite without raising an eyebrow to the flip flop wearing girl with a hangover.

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