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Cibus, Dallas and Cover 3, Austin.

February 2009By Comments

Cibus, Dallas.
Photograph by Kevin Marple


Dallas Our hat is off to serial restaurant developer Alberto Lombardi (the brains behind Taverna, Toulouse, and Sangria) for elevating mall dining to a new level at NorthPark Center. In the cafe, we dined on salmon, mascarpone, and leeks in crosta (a flaky puff pastry) sided with an extravagantly garlicky Caesar salad; at the end of the meal, not a bite was left of either. Our only disappointment was dessert: a chocolate mousse tart with a too-thick crust. Next time we’re trying the house-made gelato. A full-service dining area for those inclined to linger offers up risottos, pizzas, pastas, and more, as well as a full bar. (By
the way, “cibus,” pronounced “chee-boos,” means chow, vittles, or just plain food.) Beer & wine (bar in seated dining area). NorthPark Center, 8687 N. Central Expy (214-692-0001). Open Mon—Thur 11—10, Fri & Sat 11—11, Sun 11—9 (cafe opens at 9). $—$$ W+

Cover 3

Austin Initially skeptical about eating anything more serious than a burger in a sports bar, we got dragged here for dinner and were quickly converted to fan status. The open room feels like a modern lounge, its exposed brick walls adorned with sixteen flat-screen TVs. The tables were abuzz as women sipped wine and chatted and guys groaned and high-fived over the plays and scores. On our first visit, we were taken with the beef tenderloin sliders. The second time, we opted for a new dish, the chilled shrimp and crab tower; the avocado was a perfect, cool backdrop to the somewhat spicy sauces. We followed that with a Cover 3 salad (mixed greens tossed with candied walnuts, sliced Fuji apples, crumbled goat cheese, and raspberry-Dijon vinaigrette) and a tender 22-ounce bone-in ribeye, the latter a tad pricey but definitely worth it. Bar. 2700 W. Anderson Ln (512-374-1121). Open Mon—Fri 11—11, Sat 11—midnight, Sun 11—10. $$—$$$ W+

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