Boulevardier chef/owner Nathan Tate is busy working on his new restaurant, Rapscallion, which could open as early as May on Lower Greenville. The new place is kind of like the kid brother of Boulevardier — similar atmosphere, a raw bar — but with a lower price point and a Texas vibe. That place wouldn’t be possible without the outstanding success of Boulevardier, the French bistro in the Bishop Arts District, which opened three years ago. Boulevardier recently hired an exexutive chef, Carlos Mancera, the chef who created the wildly successful menu for Ten Bells. Mancera added a couple of items to Boulevardier’s winter menu. “He’s got a mussel dish on there that’s probably the best mussel dish we’ve ever done,” Tate says. Expect more of Mancera’s touch on the upcoming spring menu, alongside Boulevardier classics including the lamb neck and crawfish beignets. Boulevardier is one of the Oak Cliff restaurants that consistently draws diners from other parts of Dallas. But there are a few things locals should know. Every Tuesday, Boulevardier’s bartenders show off their skills by crafting cocktails from a particular spirit (recently, it was Buffalo Trace rye, for example). They come up with four or five concoctions, which are offered for $5 each. There are oyster specials every Wednesday. And then from 4-7 p.m. on Fridays, champagne and oysters are half price. “We’ve been here almost three years,” Tate says. “And I hope we’re here for another 10 years.”
408 N. Bishop
Price range: $12-$36
Hours: 4:30-10 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday; 4:30-11 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
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