DALLAS -- We dropped by the sparkling new bar known as the Chesterfield on a Wednesday evening not really knowing what to expect. Our eventual destination was the nearby American Airlines Center for a Dallas Mavericks game, so the Chesterfield's location on Main St. -- in the spot that was formerly Dr. Bell's BBQ -- made it an easy choice as I am always apt to try a new spot. By sheer luck, we were able to grab a metered parking spot, but valet is available.
Turns out the Chesterfield is a partnership between Eddie "Lucky Campbell and Ed Bailey, known to many from Bailey's Prime Plus. The place gets its name from the Chesterfield cigarettes while being set up as a homage to the early 1900s, widely known as the "Golden Age of Cocktails"
We entered through a small interior patio area to find the bar set up to the left with booths lining the wall to our right and a private table in the back. The intimate place was crowded (probably close to its capacity of 50), but we managed a spot in the front corner of the bar and had a good view of the scene. The dress ranged from jeans and tee shirts to people in suits who had just left the office, so you can feel comfortable in most anything.
The drink menu is 11 pages of adult beverages sure to find something for everyone and they have different choices of ice depending on which drink is being prepared. We would just tell the bartender a general idea of drink we liked and he would get creative.
Executive Chef Michael Ehlert came to Dallas from the DBGB Kitchen & Bar in New York with a 'new American menu' that features sandwiches, salads, small plates and full dinners. Since we were in a small hurry to get to the game, we will have to come back and try out the food.
And since my buddy Russ -- who counts The Usual in Fort Worth as one of his favorite spots -- now lives in Dallas, I am assured the Chesterfield will be in our rotation of Dallas places.
THE CHESTERFIELD 1404 MAIN ST. DALLAS TX 75201 (214) 741-2811 (Open 11am to 2am everyday)
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