It’s been almost a year since you got up close and personal with the lovely Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. Isn’t it time you were reacquainted?
Meet Trinity Groves, a budding mixed-use development that sits just on the west side of the Calatrava masterpiece and is already home to a restaurant incubator turning out concepts we love.
Babb Brothers BBQ & Blues
The dish: The low-key joint — a sea of red-and-white-checkered tablecloths, folding chairs, and beaucoup beer signs — serves dry-rub meats, buckets of brews, and down-home sides such as cheesy potatoes and collard greens.
The extras: Live blues tunes and an Austin-style patio.
A warning: Leave your high heels at home; lunch lines can snake out the door, and the parking lot is gravel.
Green light if you like: Protein, communal dining, The Allman Brothers Band.
The 411: 330 Bedford St. (214-745-2224).
The dish: Phil Romano (EatZi’s, Nick & Sam’s) hops on the haute dog bandwagon with house-made buns and toppings like Asian slaw and curry aioli.
The extras: The franks are never frozen and have no MSG.
A bummer: There’s no hard booze, only beer.
Green light if you like: Fifties-diner decor, Wild About Harry’s.
The 411: 340 Singleton Blvd. (214-760-9977).
Four Corners Brewery Co.
The dish: Four Dallas dudes opened the craft beer factory and event space.
The deal: They currently host small tours the second and fourth Thursdays of each month, pop-up beer dinners, tastings, and more.
A warning: Just three varieties on tap at the moment.
Green light if you like: Facial hair, yeast, indie labels.
The 411: 423 Singleton Blvd. (214-748-2739).
A fourth spot, Kitchen LTO, opens sometime this spring. But you can cross that bridge when it gets there.
For more information about Trinity Groves, go to trinitygroves.com.
Photo: Courtesy of Trinity Groves