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Meddlesome Moth

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Meddlesome MothMeddlesome Moth
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

33 Reviews
Reviews: 33
Visits: 87
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: n/a
Taps: 42
Bottles: 120
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

1621 Oak Lawn Ave
Dallas, Texas, 75207-3401
United States
phone: (214) 628-7900

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @mothdallas

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Place added by: SSW117 on 05-09-2010

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Reviews: 33 | Visits: 87
Photo of CampusCrew
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Wow.... definitly the fanicier beer establishment I have ever been to. The place it straight up pimped out. At first I was like this place will never make because it obvoius they spent a fortune to start up. But, I found out from the waiter that the Flying saucer owners on this too. So now i no where the backign comes from. They'll be fine....

This palce it top notch fine diding that lives up to menu hype. I had steak frites and it was fantastic but other mates had fish and chips and they said it was superb. Beer menu is way above avergae. Wonderful place and somethign differnt. If you can handle fine dining, thi sis the place for you. (644 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Very nice beer bar/gastro pub in the Oaklawn area of Dallas. The bar features 40 taps, with some that rotate and others that stay on permanently. The food is upscale and a little expensive, but most of it is pretty nice. Some of the plates are basic such as fish and chips and burgers, while others are more adventuresome such as sweetbreads with bacon jam and bone marrow. Other offerings such as the cheese plate and pork platter are way overpriced for what they offer. The bar taps rarer casks and kegs on Wednesday. Past tappings have included Stone IRS aged on American Oak. There is also a large wine and spirits menu if that interests you. A newer place, but one that has great potential. (695 characters)

Photo of wolffman17
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Meddlsome Moth is a gastropub located in the Design District just northwest of downtown Dallas. It seems to be on its own as far as restaurants and bars in an area that otherwise consists of interior design shops and galleries. Owned by the same people that brought us the Flying Saucer chain.

First impression upon entering is that it is clean, modern (but not necessarily trendy, thankfully), and minimalistic. This creates a calm vibe and is a nice change from the usual visual clutter of typical beer bars. "New American" restaurant feel. Hostess seats guests. Tables and booths fill the dining area to the right; long bar area on the left. A long, skinny table in the bar area separates the two spaces. There is also a nice, large outdoor dining area for times when the weather permits. Three large stained glass "windows" are mounted on the sloped back wall of the dining room. Apparently these were acquired from Hard Rock. A mish-mash of reclaimed tiles from the previous occupants make up the floor. One unexpected detail I noticed midway through our meal is that they installed soundproofing foam, like the type you would see in a recording studio, on the ceilings. This seems to really help with the volume level, and my wife and I had no problem hearing each other at normal speaking levels. Big plus considering how loud restaurants and bars can get. A nice place, but not stuffy at all; appropriate for casual on up.

On to the beer. 40 taps, 75 bottles. Keeping with the clean design, the taps themselves are missing the usual brewery specific tap handles and instead use the basic black knob. Beer names are written above the handles on a black chalkboard. Looks good, but finding a particular beer can be more difficult than usual. Draft selection is American weighted including a good local representation. No BMC. Two cask engines. Specialty casks are brought in on a regular basis. Draft prices range mostly from $5 to $7 with some a dollar or two more. On this particular visit, my wife and I enjoyed New Belgium Eric's Ale, Live Oak Pilz, and Old Rasputin (nitro). Excellent, high quality selection and just the right quantity...no need for a dizzying 100 taps, 400 bottles. One big positive note is the available glassware. The regular pints are served in a 16oz nonic pint glass (this is a smaller nonic, not the 20oz British style). There is also 22oz Weizen glasses, 16oz Pilsner glasses, and 12oz (I believe) tulips for Belgians, specialty, and higher ABV offerings. Looks like there is also logo'd glassware for serving certain brands. I cannot state how exciting it is to see that many styles of glasses.

The food menu is where "The Moth" really attempts to separate itself from the typical beer centric spot. "New American" comes to mind again. Salads, mussels, and fish & chips meet artic char, shin of beef, meat pies, and bone marrow. Eccentric and interesting to say the least. The menu lends itself to sharing and makes for a unique meal given the potential for many atypical combinations. Seared tuna salad, mussels & frites, cold potato leek soup make for an unfamiliar yet tasty Saturday lunch, considering the beer focus. Refreshing experience. Prices are appropriate given the quality and originality. This is not the place to go to if looking for an inexpensive outing, relatively (to other beer spots) speaking...three beers and three plates came to a little under $50 pre-tip for lunch. Another lay-out observation: the kitchen is completely open to the bar and dining area. I like this idea a lot and adds positively to the overall experience.

Attentive, seemingly knowledgeable service. Not many downsides to this place, though I wonder how accepting it would be if a patron arrives solely for beer, but can't find a spot at the bar and insists for a table in the dining area.

Overall, Meddlesome Moth is a great addition for beer enthusiasts in Dallas and really, for Texas in general. Biggest pluses for me is the low volume level and large glassware selection. I will definitely attempt to visit any time I'm in Dallas. I think the highest compliment I can give is I wish Houston had its own version of The Moth. (4,168 characters)

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Meddlesome Moth in Dallas, TX
94 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.