Restaurant talk: Nova is open

Kavala, the earlier incarnation of former Hattie’s chef Kelly Hightower’s restaurant at Davis and Windomere used to be my favorite Oak Cliff restaurant. I liked that Hightower used in-season ingredients without hype. (Isn’t that what good chefs are supposed to do, after all?) His brick-oven pizzas were among the best I’ve tasted. And the hummus, as the sign outside infamously read, “can beat up your hummus”.

After an absence of many months, Hightower is back with Nova, which opened this week. Nova is billed as a “bike-friendly gastropub”, which, I am sorry, seems a contrived combination of grating clichés. The word “gastropub” just loses meaning after a while. And what exactly makes a restaurant bike-friendly?

Criticism for the branding aside, I’m super excited about Nova, which still serves Hightower’s pizza and hummus along with a menu of shared plates. And the interior has been opened up, redecorated and remade into a cooler, lounge-ier space.

There’s no word yet on whether Nova is planning a grand opening, but the restaurant hosts a quasi-monthly party and art exhibit from photopol.us called “Crave”. The next Crave is Sept. 12.


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  • Rachel Stone

    Yes, we tried it Sunday, and the service was great. The front-of-the-house staff is terrific. And I seriously could eat Kelly’s hummus with a spoon, all day. Why is it so good??

  • Eva

    We went there Saturday night and were very impressed with the food and service. So excited they are back open!

  • Rachael, I loved Kaval(Calamari Salad, FTW!) and I can’t wait to check out Nova but, I totally agree with you on Nova’s usage of over Hyped cliches to draw people in.

    Hightower, you don’t have to use jazzy words or cool trends to draw people in. Trust me, your will food speak for itself.