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Comfort food in Dallas is oh so divine, and with the debut of two new Southern-style restaurants--Ida Claire in Addison and Rapscallion in Lower Greenville--we decided to have a taste-test to determine who’s cooking up comfort food best. (After all, it’s in the name of research.) Here’s our assessment:

Most like Grandma’s: Rapscallion Head chef Nathan Tate’s approach is part farm-to-table, part Southern comfort. From starters to mains, the menu is loaded with modern twists on traditional dishes like the Cast Iron Pan de Campo--a freshly baked skillet corn bread served with duck confit and cultured butter blended with sweet sorghum ($12) and the Nashville fried whole rotisserie chicken ($29). (A heads-up: Rapscallion is only open for dinner and weekend brunch… for now.) 

Most reasonably priced: Ida Claire It’s a rare occurrence in Dallas for date night to be under $100. However, Ida Claire makes it possible. What helps is the fact that each plate is shareable. From the crawfish corn fritters ($8) to the Bird of Paradise (pecan-grilled half chicken served with a kale, mushroom, pea and bacon au jus; $14) to the classic fried chicken and waffles ($12), each plate fills your belly without draining your wallet.

Best atmosphere: Rapscallion The two eateries have a stark contrast in decor. Rapscallion blends a classic café atmosphere with a minimal, natural aesthetic. Conversely, Ida Claire is in an Airstream trailer decked out in what seems to be our crazy aunt’s leftovers. However, Rapscallion’s well-appointed bar and kitchen, which is in view of the guests, tipped us in its favor.

Best cocktails: Ida Claire Y’all, we know our cocktails, and the creativeness at Ida Clairehas us craving mint juleps starting at brunch. We love the Family Reunion (a delicious blend of white whiskey, fresh watermelon, Aperol and mint) and the Tobacco Peach (a mix of Tennessee whiskey, mint, tobacco syrup and bitters). Bonus: Both are served over crushed ice in a classic silver julep cup.

After all that, who’s the winner? Picking a victor in this comfort-food battle seems unjust. Sowe’ll let you decide.

Ida Claire, 5001 Belt Line Rd.; 214-377-8227 or ida-claire.com

Rapscallion, 2023 Greenville Ave., #110; 469-291-5660 or dallasrapscallion.com

 

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