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Eats Beat: Dallas’ new Barter has the look of Love

Posted 12:58pm on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013

Chef Tim Love’s name isn’t on a new Dallas restaurant.

But his touch is all over the menu at Barter, the new Uptown restaurant by former Woodshed Smokehouse chef Andrew Dilda.

Love consulted on Barter’s decor and menu, which Love calls “modern Dallas cuisine.”

Sure — if that includes boar ribs, custom sausages, Tuaca-roasted squash or steaks by the ounce.

Alongside the busy Dallas Del Frisco’s Grille, Barter inherits the space, crowds and beverage-bar star Rocco Milano from the former Private Social.

Private Social’s owners, Patrick and Michael Halbert, enlisted Dilda and Love to rethink the restaurant.

They redecorated in warm woods and added folding doors opening the bar up to McKinney Avenue.

Already plenty busy with his own Lonesome Dove reopening and Queenie’s in Denton, Love said in a text message that he only consulted on Barter.

His menu favorites are the striped-bass tostada ($16), a soft-shell crab “fajita” ($12) and an old-school fried bologna sandwich with chips ($10). Desserts include a chocolate-peanut butter moon pie and Patrón coffee-liqueur pecan pie.

Barter is open nights except Sundays at 3232 McKinney Ave., 214-969-6898, barteruptown.com. (It’s closed New Year’s Day.)

• Some restaurants will close New Year’s Day to rest.

But Max’s Wine Dive will open — and even serve a special midweek brunch.

Max’s is one of several restaurants dishing up holiday brunch. Max’s will open at 11 a.m. and serve its Frito pie omelet, tiramisu French toast, blueberry pancakes or the restaurant’s signature fried chicken.

Max’s usually opens for brunch Friday through Sunday; 2421 W. Seventh St., 817-870-1100, maxswinedive.com.

• More New Year’s Day choices:

Buttons will serve a special holiday buffet brunch including chef Keith Hicks’ black-eyed peas; 4701 West Freeway, 817-735-4900, buttonsrestaurant.com.

Cast Iron in the Omni Fort Worth will serve a holiday buffet featuring monkfish-shrimp stew, pork chops or bone-marrow-mushroom-stuffed prime rib, $32; 1300 Houston St., 817-350-4106, omnihotels.com/fort worth.

All Blue Mesa Grill locations will serve a special version of their weekend Southwestern buffet, $18.95; 550 Lincoln Square, Arlington, 682-323-3050, or 1600 S. University Drive, Fort Worth, 817-332-6372, bluemesagrill.com.

Both Del Frisco’s Grille locations in Fort Worth and Southlake will serve their regular weekend brunch on New Year’s. The new Southlake location is at 1200 E. Southlake Blvd., 817-410-3777; delfriscosgrille.com/ southlake.

On the “beef block” in downtown Fort Worth, Little Red Wasp and Capital Grille will open.

(Tip: It’s an easy day to go to Joe T. Garcia’s and enjoy chiles rellenos, tamales or the rest of the full lunch menu. But no black-eyed peas.)

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