At Campo Modern Country Bistro, presentation is key. “I’m more influenced by the aesthetic of food,” says chef Matt McAllister, who studied art before becoming part of the Dallas culinary scene. “I think of food as an art. The aroma and the sight is what gets your appetite going.” Campo Modern is modeled after Argentine bistros, featuring a cultural blend of French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese cuisines. The menu rotates each week, which allows McAllister to play around with new dishes. “We just try to have fun.” Oak Cliff designers John Paul Valverde and Miguel Vicéns, who own Coevál Studio, opened the restaurant late last year in the former La Carreta Argentina space. In addition to the ever-changing menu, Campo Modern features cocktails designed by mixologist Brad Hensarling of Fort Worth and a coffee service from Cultivar.
1115 N. Beckley
Price range: Under $25
Ambiance: As its name suggests, a modern country feel
6-10 p.m. Sun-Mon
6-10 p.m. Wed-Thurs
6 p.m.-midnight Sat
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