Dallas - Downtown / East Quarter
In the resurgent East Quarter, National Anthem is aiming to reign supreme, with a menu that already has us pledging allegiance. The new restaurant from Nick Badovinus (Town Hearth, Neighborhood Services) has all of his hallmarks. There’s an outstanding burger (the Prime Double’s got brisket, short rib and chuck, topped with American and a secret sauce), an ode to seafood (the Raw Bar has chilled shrimp “My Way” and oysters on the half-shell), and an overall playful use of ingredients. You didn’t have steak tartare served with a stack of salt and vinegar Pringles on your Bingo card, did you? A bevy of beverages is along for the ride, from house-mixed drinks that skew strong (the Mezcal has the liquor conspiring with cherry, orange, lime, and mint notes) to stronger (vodka hi-balls), all in a laid-back setup that stands up to the up-and-coming district.