The “bucket of love” candied-bacon appetizer is addictive. Photo by Elliott Muñoz

The “bucket of love” candied-bacon appetizer is addictive. Photo by Elliott Muñoz

The Local Oak introduced a few new menu items recently, but since the restaurant opened about six months ago, there already are a few things that won’t change. The Texas surfers, basically fried-Spam sliders, are among them. As is the “bucket of love” candied bacon appetizer. “We all have input,” says co-owner Paul Delgado. “I didn’t think the Spam was going to work, but it did, and now it’s famous.” New menu items include macaroni and cheese, chicken fried steak with Hatch chile gravy, black bean tamales, and house-made pimento cheese served with saltines and celery. The restaurant at Zang and Seventh also has new cocktails thanks to mixologist Josh Losinger. The subtle and delicious OC rita is made with fresh strawberries and garnished with basil from Local Oak’s herb garden. And there are a couple of weeknight specials we love. “MexiCAN” Mondays, with $3 Mexican canned beer, $2 crispy tacos and $6 Sonoran hot dogs. Tuesday is old-school can night, when PBR and the like are $3, a plain hot dog is $1, a chili dog is $3 and a sloppy Joe is $6.

The Local Oak

409 N. Zang


Price range:

Monday, 5-10 P.M., Tuesday-Thursday, 11 A.M.-10 P.M., Friday-Saturday, 11 A.M.-Midnight,  Sunday 11 A.M.-3 P.M.

Did you know?
Happy hour is from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday; the weekend “blunch” menu features breakfast and lunch items and an extensive bloody mary menu.

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2 Pour House Dallas
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3 303 Bar and Grill
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