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The best outdoor dining in Dallas? We're apt to agree

Posted 11:56am on Friday, Apr. 09, 2010

The Dallas Chop House is located on the corner of Main St. and St. Paul in downtown Dallas, on the first floor of the Comerica Bank tower. One of the first things I noticed upon entering was the warm welcome we received. Rather than your generic "Reservations?" greeting, it felt more like I was at a nice hotel, like a Four Seasons or Ritz-Carlton.

We were escorted back to the really cool bar area that was complete with a flat screen TV showing the Masters golf tournament in crystal clear HD -- this was clearly my kind of place.

The thing that took my attention away from the Masters was their amazing patio. It features a fire-pit in the center, with plenty of comfortable seating and a great view across to the Main St. Garden park. While it has only been open since New Year's Eve, it has already been designated as Dallas' "Best Outdoor Dining" by Open Table. Part of this is probably due to its location downtown -- and the fact that over 4,000 people work in the tower. This results in a nice mixture of people. Not only do you have high powered businessman, but many beautiful women. Happy Hour runs from 4-7 daily and specials include half priced glasses of wine.

After we ordered our food, the manager Steve Occhipinti came by to chat with us. I freely admit that going to steakhouses is one of my favorite pastimes, but being treated like a celebrity only adds to the experience. My steak, which was dry-aged, was, for lack of a better term, "succulent."

Dallas Chop House was a great experience that was enhanced by the hospitality-feel that we encountered. Now that I have ventured to the uncharted waters of this new power/neighborhood steakhouse, I am ready to bring a date and hang out on the patio while the piano is playing in the background and take us off into the night.

Dallas Chop House 1717 Main St., Dallas 214-736-7300

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