As the Easter holiday approaches we are reminded about renewal of the planet, fresh Spring daisies and bluebonnets, little baby chicks and bouncy bunny rabbits. It is also a refreshing time for new restaurant menus as they roll out seasonal dishes to reflect the new found bounty. We are now seeing ramps, morels and even fiddlehead ferns grace our plates. This is a fantastic time of year.
We would love to make a list of some of our favorite bowls of carrot soup (Bijoux), or possibly deviled eggs, which are everywhere now. You will see a new version daily at Parigi on Oak Lawn. We also enjoy the deviled eggs at Nick and Sams where there are three versions on the same platter, but particularly enjoy the caviar topped eggs. Neighborhood Services also makes a mean egg as well.
Besides eggs, we also have lovely visions of bunny rabbits and we scoured menus all over Dallas to find some of our favorites. Unfortunately menus change often, so fond rabbit dishes that were on our list are no longer available. We have enjoyed rabbit at Charlie Palmer, Marquee Grill and Bolsa in the past, but these restaurants shift their menu so often that it is hard to catch the hare.
Here is a small list of a few featured rabbits in Dallas. Notice it is a charcuterie favorite among chefs.
Find rabbit on the menu at Lucia in the Bishop Arts District. Order the Salumi Misti and you will be able to sample David Uygur’s rabbit pate.
At The Meddlesome Moth there is a rabbit pot pie that is filled with our favorite rascally rabbit along with oyster mushrooms and mustard greens.
When you order the smoked sausage at Smoke, which is located in West Dallas at the Belmont Hotel, you will get a whole host of sausages including Pork Andouille, All Spiced Rabbit and Beef Paprika Fennel Seed.
Brian Luscher at The Grape on Lower Greenville Avenue always has the rabbit mortadella on his charcuterie plate. Perfectly wonderful with his house-made mustard.
Kent Rathbun at Abacus makes a “Chicago Dog” which is really his house-made rabbit-fennel sausage with all the accoutrements.
Al Biernat’s serves a Smoked Duck & Roasted Rabbit Sausage that is pretty incredible.
Where ever you get your bunny on this weekend, we hope it is safe and happy.