6 Dishes Under $30 at Upscale Restaurants in Dallas

By Farah Fleurima  |  January 13, 2014

Now’s about the time that credit card bills from December flutter into our inboxes and we’re faced with a post-holiday cash shortage. While it might be time to put yourself on a budget, you also still want to eat terrific food. Here are six dishes from high-end restaurants that’ll give you the luxury you crave for $30 or less.

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    Ravioli Arcodoro at Arcodoro Pomodoro

    This signature dish features housemade pasta stuffed with scallops and shrimp and draped in a mushroom and saffron-infused lobster sauce. At $25, it’s a rich way to help you forget that you might not be.

    100 Crescent Ct.; 214-871-1924

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    Rainbow Trout at Chamberlain’s Fish Market Grill

    Crusted in Texas pecans and thyme, this cut of fish is roasted on a wood plank. If you’re luxuriating at this cozy spot in Addison, we urge you to make your included side dish the crispy Brussels sprouts. A tasty, light value at $24.

    4525 Belt Line Rd.; 972-503-3474

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    Steak Frites at Boulevardier

    There’s nothing like a fantastic steak to make you feel like a million bucks. At the Bishop Arts bistro, the $24 grilled slab of hangar steak is adorned with a pat of maitre d’ butter and served with a mess of house-cut fries. Tastes like a lot of ooh-la-la to us.

    408 N. Bishop Ave.; 214-942-1828

  • Shrimp and Grits at Hattie’s

    One of the Bishop Arts low-country cuisine spot’s most popular dishes is its Shrimp and Grits. Tabasco-bacon pan sauce brings the heat, while a dollop of goat cheese offers creamy coolness. The $21.50 cost brings smiles.

    418 N. Bishop Ave.; 214-942-7400

  • Short Ribs at Resto Gastro Bistro

    Trinity Groves’ newest bistro provides an approachable atmosphere and some seriously upscale food that won’t break the bank. Although the hunky braised short rib drizzled in blackberry-cranberry barbecue sauce alongside fresh vegetables sounds splurge-y, at $23, it only tastes a lot pricier than it is.

    3011 Gulden Ln.; 214-584 6747

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    Les Coquille Saint-Jacques Sauté at St. Martin’s Wine Bistro

    This $22 entree sets Grand Marnier sauce and red pepper slivers on seared diver scallops that are then perched on a bed of couscous and spinach. The Lower Greenville longtime favorite makes for a great date spot, so this reasonably priced entree is a bonus.

    3020 Greenville Ave.; 214-826-0940