If we had sex with a woman the first night we went to Local in Deep Ellum, our spawn would be in middle school right now. Scary thought.
Also the one about having a child.
Yet one of our favorite-ever restaurants in Dallas celebrates 15 years this February, making us feel really old. Nothing has changed at the casually chic fine-dining destination, though, which makes us feel like we’re traveling back in history every time we walk through the door.
Chef-owner Tracy Miller‘s food continues to evolve and mesmerize on the plate and palate, yet has kept some of the all-time favorites on the menu for those nostalgic-minded folks. If you’ve never been, haven’t been in years, or go every other day, February is definitely the month you want to hit up Local.
In celebration of her restaurant’s 15-year anniversary, chef Tracy will offer every guest a complimentary champagne cocktail to every guest who dines between February 1 and 28.
Better still, diners can indulge in an eight-course tasting menu featuring some greatest hits and some new twists, too (we’ve posted the full menu at the end of this story). The elaborate meal costs $75 with wine pairings offered for an additional $35. It’s a great way to experience Tracy’s unique culinary point-of-view whether it’s a special occasion or just a random Thursday night on the town.
We’re confident you’re going to fall in love.
And with enough champagne cocktails, possibly have sex with a woman.
15-Year Anniversary Tasting Menu:
French Vidalia Onion Soup
La Quercia Prosciutto Croque Monsieur
Wine Pairing: 2015 François Carillon Burgundy (Aligoté)
My Epicurean Farm Petite Greens
Crisp Potato Twine, Stewed Gooseberry + Rich’s Camembert
Wine Pairing: 2016 Jean-Claude Dagueneau “Domaine des Berthiers” Pouilly Fumé Loire Valley
Gristmill Stone Ground Polenta Cake
Charred Brussels Sprouts, Shallots + Herb Scented Wild Winter Mushrooms
Wine Pairing: 2015 Thibault Ligier-Belair “Les Jeunes Pousses” Beaujolais (Gamay)
Marinated Seared Scallop
Ravioli of Vanilla Bean Scented Celery Root Puree + Our Neighbor’s Ricotta + Clementine Beurre Blanc
Wine Pairing: 2015 JM-Boillot Montagny 1er Cru Burgundy (Chardonnay)
Intermezzo: Meyer Lemon Sorbet
Caramelized Berkshire Pork Tender (pictured above)
Braised Root Vegetables + Maple Reduced
Wine Pairing: 2014 Thierry et Pascale Matrot Maranges “La Fussière” 1er Cru Burgundy (Pinot Noir)
Smoked Grass-Fed Beef Tenderloin Filet
Yukon Gratin, Warm Radicchio + Burgundy Bordelaise
Wine Pairing: 2015 Perrin “Les Sinards” Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rhone Valley (Grenache-Mourvèdre-Syrah)
Cheese + Jam
Purple Haze Chevre, Fig Jam, Honey and Baguette
Wine Pairing: 2016 Domaine Pichot “Coteau de la Biche” Vouvray Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc)
Decadent Flourless Chocolate Cake
Toasted Almond Rocky Road Ice Cream, Our Marshmallows, White Chocolate Broth, and Tiny Anniversary Cookies
Wine Pairing: NV Michel Bridal J Crémant de Bourgogne Rosé Burgundy (Chardonnay-Pinot Noir-Aligoté)
Images courtesy of Local