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Chef Graham Dodds is on a roll at Hibiscus on Henderson Avenue

Ilene Jacobs

Hibiscus Restaurant Dallas, Texas


Fancy a cozy night around the fireplace sipping wine or craft cocktails and dining on an array of tasty tidbits?
That's exactly what you're in store for at Dallas' Hibiscus restaurant, located in the trendy Knox-Henderson neighborhood.

Hibiscus Sea Scallops
Ilene Jacobs

Hibiscus isn't exactly a newcomer to Dallas' restaurant scene—it's been a favorite haunt for area foodies since 2005. But now with Graham Dodds manning the kitchen as executive chef, the cuisine is perhaps even better than it was before. And no wonder, Dodds helped turn Bolsa and Hotel Palomar's former restaurant, Central 214, into dining destinations known for serving some of the most inventive farm-to-table fare in the metroplex.

Dodds' new menu at Hibiscus is approachable, yet forward-thinking. He shows off his farm-to-table flair in a variety of delicious ways and serving portions aren't on the small side either. So sharing several dishes can provide for a truly tasty adventure. It's also a great way to explore the menu without spending a fortune. Prices range from $6-$11 for sides and $11-$16 for starters to $18-$57 for mains.

The best way to start off is with the appetizers. Actually, you can make a meal of just appetizers, which range from Bobwhite quail with grits and crispy pig ear slaw for $12— to a $14 chicken liver and foie gras pate served in a mason jar with tiny jelled cubes of fennel spiked orange marmalade on top and thick toasted slices of brioche served alongside.

However, the ultimate starter here is the crispy lamb ribs. Four meaty, succulent ribs that literally melt in your mouth— come slightly caramelized with a sweet brown sugar-sherry glaze and are served with a creamy smoked mustard sauce on the side. This dish alone makes a wonderful main course, and at $15—it's a steal. It would go nicely with the hand cut fries and fontina fondue, offered for $6 on the sides section of the menu.

There's a special charcuterie platter that's not listed on the menu, but certainly worth exploring. It comes with a selection of cheeses, pickled vegetables, fresh honey, fruit, marcona almonds and a variety of house cured meats— including smoked duck breast and Spanish chorizo.

The salads range from a plate of colorful toybox tomatoes with bacon, treviso, wild arugula and Veldhuizen Farms Bosque blue cheese to crispy, calabrian chili spiced okra with baby cucumbers and tomatoes.

There's a focus here on wood-grilled, grass fed meats. Wagyu steak and Colorado saddle of lamb are popular picks. But you're missing out on something special if you don't order the sea scallops. Plump tender scallops with a crisp exterior are nestled with corn pudding, saffron spiked squash and baby chanterelle mushrooms that have been conserved in a herbed vinegar-oil solution.

For now, Dodds is also wearing a pastry hat and makes several delicious desserts worth trying. Chocoholics will want to go for the decadent chocolate tart served alongside a sauce made using his mom's homemade mulberry preserves. Even better though, is a moist heirloom carrot cake using three different varieties of carrots. It comes slathered with cream cheese icing on top and rests in a sumptuous carrot-ginger coulis surrounded by candied marcona almonds and pecans. Both are priced at $9 and again, easily sharable.

All in all, Hibiscus is more than just an upscale dining experience. It's a place with an inviting atmosphere and a creatively inspired menu that doesn't have to break the bank.

2927 N. Henderson Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 827-2927