With creative dining, trendy shops and a rich cultural heritage, here are some spots where — as the city’s slogan declares — it’s always possible to “Live Large, Think Big.”
CIBUS: Plenty of seafood and pasta are on the menu at Alberto Lombardi’s latest concept, which opens today at NorthPark Center when it hosts the after party for Neiman Marcus’ runway show at Fashion at the Park. Lombardi surveyed the Adriatic coastal region of his youth, Emilia Romagna in Italy, to create Cibus, which means “food” in Latin. Cibus is part casual cafe, part white-tablecloth dining room. And given Lombardi’s preference for accessible pricing, everything on the menu is under $20 — except, of course, the vino.
JORGE’S: This Tex-Mex import from Midland in west Texas makes one of the best margaritas in town — which is saying something in these parts — and serves carb-free “naked” chile rellenos, or spicy stuffed peppers without breading and covered in cheese. Featuring 50-year-old recipes from the family of Jorge Veloz plus some created just for Dallas, Jorge’s serves breakfast all day plus lunch and dinner in the Arts District.
THE MINT: Finally, Nikki Phinyawatana has brought her wildly popular Asian cuisine closer to downtown with a branch on Oak Lawn Avenue. The concept is almost identical to the North Dallas original called Asian Mint, but has more emphasis on Bangkok favorites, like spicy coconut soup. The crisp modern decor is all white and turquoise, and most dishes are under $13.
THE PYRAMID: The Fairmont Hotel’s signature dining room has gotten more than just a facelift — it’s a whole new restaurant. Floor-to-ceiling glass wine cases anchor the contemporary decor, and the new menu is largely Texas-grown, from exotic game to herbs from the rooftop garden. Chef J.W. Foster believes in simple preparations that allow flavors to shine, and he’s so particular about mustard, pickles, sausage and sorbet that he makes them in house.
RENEE ROULEAU SKIN CARE: Local beauty expert Renee Rouleau has come up with the ultimate age-defying facial: a two-hour, seven-step overhaul that promises glowing skin. If the $600 price is too extravagant, consider a consultation for her treatments. Crafted for nine individual skin types instead of the usual three, they run from $25 to $69.
DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART: More than 130 artifacts including previously unseen jewels plus eerie photos of the boy king’s mummy are on view through May 17 at “King Tutankhamun and The Golden Age of the Pharaohs” at the Dallas Museum of Art. The exhibition features this pectoral with solar-lunar emblems and scarab found with the Coronation Pectoral. The inlaid pendant has iconography and decoration on both sides that spell out Tutankhamun’s birth name. A winged scarab with falcon tail and hind legs represents the rising sun. The pendant is made of gold, silver, glass and semiprecious stones.
The image of the left eye of Horus, supporting a crescent and disk with royal and divine figures, is a symbol of the moon.