by Steven Doyle
Oak Cliff is home to many fine restaurants, and we understand that is a trend that has no intentions of slowing down. Nova is one of the more interesting and funky restaurants located in the Kessler X+ district, and has always offered an ambitious menu, along with sturdy cocktails and a fine beer list. The talent of Chef Eric Spigner, who has major ties to southern cuisine, shines brightly in his latest menu that offers plenty of springtime, and a heavy dose of local.
We ventured into Nova most recently to sample their burger, which is made of black angus and cut with meaty brisket for a perfect flavor combination. The burger itself is topped with a sharp white cheddar, sugar plum and red bell pepper chutney. The burger tends to be on the sweet side, but can be dressed to order. We found a shot of sriracha made for a perfect balance of sweet and spicy. The beef and bun are the true star of that plate, along with some pretty terrific fries.
In recent visits we had an opportunity to taste many other menu items, and now place Nova in regular rotation for dining choices, and late night cocktails and pizza. The pizza is some of the very best this city has to offer. Nova has been offering ramen, pho and udon since its inception. The soups are not to be missed.
The best alternative to chicken wings: spicy fried frog legs
The house hummus is a must order
Spigner does circles around his seafood offerings, including a fantastic crab cake
Grilled beet salad with goat cheese, toasted pecans, BBQ vinaigrette
Handmade fettuccine with sun-dried tomatoes, oyster mushrooms, basil, shrimp consomme
Free-range roasted airline chicken served with brussel sprouts and a pistachio Romesco
Nova is located at 1417 W Davis in Oak Cliff. Call 214.484.7123 for more information.