Cheese plate with nut brittle, fig jam, apricot mustard and toast: Elliott Muñoz

Cheese plate with nut brittle, fig jam, apricot mustard and toast: Elliott Muñoz

Update: Outpost American Tavern has since closed and become a new restaurant, VH.

Coeval Studio sold Outpost to the owners of Smoke and Bolsa last year. The old Outpost was good, but the new version, with a menu by chef Tim Byres of Smoke and Chicken Scratch, could be great. Byres’ knack for adding modern touches to Southern favorites shines here. Outpost is courting Oak Cliff residents looking for a cozy dinner spot as well as the late-night drinking crowd from both sides of the river. The menu features heavier bar food, including a burger and pepper steak with gravy fries, as well as lighter fare, such as tamarind grilled salmon and a big salad with lavender vinaigrette, sprouts, seeds, nut brittle, croutons and cheese. The warm feta appetizer is served with oregano honey, roasted garlic and pink peppercorns, and it’s a dish full of perfect bites. The chicken chilaquiles at the new Outpost is not the same as the one we loved at the old Outpost, but it is still delicious, with lots of cheese and chile, served in a tiny cast-iron skilled with a sunny-side egg.

Outpost American Tavern
1115 N. Beckley

Ambiance: Neighborhood tavern
Price range: $9-$18
Hours: Tues.-Fri., 4 p.m.-2 a.m.; Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sunday, 10:30 a.m.-midnight
Tip: The kitchen is open until midnight.

| Three more places to meet up for drinks and bites |

1 Nova
Nova is open until 2 a.m., and they serve food until midnight. So a plate of hummus and pita or a pumpkin and persimmon pizza can be had past bedtime.
1417 W. Davis

2 Eno’s
Eno’s has a $10 lunch special Tuesday-Sunday, and they serve their thin-crust pizza until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.
407 N. Bishop

3 Whitehall Exchange
This Bishop Arts corner spot serves cheese boards, pizzas, sliders and brunch.
500 N. Bishop