It Was All It's Cracked Up to Be

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Ana Astri-O'Reilly on December 3, 2009

Abacus is hailed as one of the best restaurants in Dallas. It is owned by Chef Kent Rathbun, who also owns other really good restaurants like Jasper’s and Blue Plate Kitchen (

I had heard so many good things about Abacus that I decided to book a table for our wedding anniversary. When I called, I told them it was a special occasion and they said they would give us a menu detailing the day’s specials and signed by the chef. Chef Rathbun wasn’t there that day so his executive sous chef, Jermaine Brown, signed it. It was a nice idea for a keepsake.

The service was faultless from the moment we stepped out of our car. All the staff, from the parking valets to the manager, was unfailingly polite and always had a smile on their faces. Our server was an affable middle-aged woman who seemed to have our best interest at heart.

Now, to the food. My husband had the lobster-scallion shooters with red-chile coconut sake, which came in shot glasses. They looked cute and he said they were very good. I had duck for my main. It came with South-western style corn grits and tequila-lime butter. The grits were creamy but a bit too hot for my taste. The duck was perfectly cooked. My husband’s steak was good as well. We went over the top with the side dishes: more grits, a lovely risotto with truffle oil and stir-fry Brussels sprout leaves. They were all delicious, but it was more food than we could eat. We washed it all down with a nice Italian wine. Chef Rathbun changes the menu from time to time, so these dishes may not available.

To my deep regret, we had no room for pudding. I will probably have to come back to Abacus and check their desserts out.
4511 McKinney Ave
Dallas, Texas, 75205
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