Checking off #2 on my list of restaurants I want to try, we hit up The Commissary in One Arts Plaza last night.
The Commissary (kom-ih-sehr-ee), which opened up in mid-April, is an upscale burger bar complete with snacks, salads and other main dishes like hand rolled penne pasta or even seared scallops.
When we got there, we were seated almost immediately. The inside is pretty small, mostly taken up by booths and a large rounded bar. There’s a small patio in the front and back, so if you’re graced with lovely Dallas weather (which we were not), you can enjoy a burger and a beverage al fresco.
The service was excellent (thank you Mackenzie!) as our waitress was very accommodating when another friend came to join halfway through the dinner. Although we did have to wait a bit for our food, it was well worth the wait.
I ordered a glass of their pinot noir on tap (they have three different wines on tap), which came in a sleek wine glass with “The Commissary” printed on it. A nice touch. They also offered many different beers and a sangria of the day—watermelon sangria.
For my main course, I decided to order the West Coast burger, which came with lettuce, tomato, avocado, jack cheese, bacon and a “special sauce” on a sesame seed bun. The meat was super tender and juicy, the “special sauce” was delicious and it was an all around great meal. It came with a side of skinny fries, which were mostly gone before I took my first few bites of the burger.
Other burgers they’re known for are the Magic burger and the Farmer burger, which comes with a fried duck egg on top. They also had a Tandoori burger–lamb burger with Tandoori spice, tzatziki sauce in a grilled pita. If you’re not into meat, they also have a crab cake burger that comes with a basil scallion dip.
Not a burger fan at all? They have plenty of options—from parmesan popcorn (which I really regret not trying) to a roasted organic chicken dish. I haven’t tried any of those, but I will say the Paula Lambert salad (basically a caprese salad) lacked flavor, and the chicken vegetable soup was alright, but mostly strange.
Overall a great place for a burger and a drink. I’d definitely recommend trying out this new Dallas eatery. And ask for Mackenzie for your waitress!