Corn in a cup is one of the many fine examples of street food found in our neighborhood. And maybe it’s hard to believe, but the best elotes in Oak Cliff might not come from an elotero’s cart but from this trendy new tavern. Six dollars buys two grilled ears of corn, rolled in chile, sour cream and cojita cheese, served on a stick. It’s not as messy as it sounds, and with a little squeeze of lime, the flavors work perfectly. Outpost also serves several local beers on draft and a menu full of creative bar food. “The idea behind changing from Campo to Outpost is to make the concept more approachable,” says co-owner John Paul Valverde, who lives in Oak Cliff and was raised here. “Hopefully this is what the market was looking for: Really good food, really good beer and just a good hangout environment.” Campo, the restaurant’s earlier incarnation, received great reviews from critics, and it was a destination for gastronomists. But it never became a neighborhood hangout. Other tasty appetizers include blistered shisito peppers served with sea salt and lemon ($6), and candied bacon with goat cheese on flat bread ($9). We also liked Outpost’s take on croque madame ($11) and the PBR fish tacos ($12). While Outpost is a different concept from Campo, some ideas are the same, Valverde says: “Fresh food, fresh ingredients. It’s the same quality at a lower price point and with more approachable food.”
Outpost American Tavern, 1115 N. Beckley, 214.946.1308, outpostdallas.com
Ambiance: American pub
Price range: $6-$14
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-midnight Friday, 10:30 a.m.-midnight Saturday and 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday.
Did you know? Outpost offers half off specialty cocktails and $5 20-ounce draft beers during happy hour, all day Sunday and from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.
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