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Beet involtini and Niman Ranch pork belly

We like a good tapas restaurant--oh, pardon us, “shared plates”--as much as the next person.

We’ve been known to happily feast on adult-sanctioned french fries (patatas bravas) and stuffed mussels…and then go home and wonder, How were there so many plates and we’re still not full? And, What’s in the refrigerator to eat?

Belly & Trumpet just might stop the insanity. The Uptown restaurant, opened last month by the owners of Oak, aims to quell your rumbling tummy. That’s quite the task when you consider that all the dishes on its 15-item menu are “small plates.”

No matter--it was music to our ears. Underneath bejeweled chandeliers and tucked into a charming banquette, we started with the blistered shishito peppers, picholine olives and marcona almonds ($6), then tackled the lamb shoulder with eggplant, couscous and prunes ($17), a nuanced Moroccan-influenced braised lamb that was fork-tender. Visitors are invited to surf the menu’s global seas of savory fare: The sea trout with artichokes and serrano ham had definitive Spanish notes, and the chickpea fries with bagna càuda transported us to the Mediterranean with one taste of the polenta-like fritters.

Add a blowtorched baked apple filled with goat cheese ($8) to the mix and we were smitten, and satiated.

Belly & Trumpet, 3407 McKinney Ave.; 214-855-5551 or

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