By Janie Pace | Photos by Janie Pace ~
Ellie’s, a restaurant inside the new HALL Arts Hotel and Residences in the Dallas Arts District, features seasonal American cuisine with a Napa inspired menu.
The restaurant takes its name after the hotel developer’s mother, Ellie Hall, a women’s rights trailblazer: she was an artist and teacher who served among the first women in the U.S. Navy. She loved gathering friends and family to share a delicious meal and light-hearted conversation.
Executive Chef Eric Dreyer invites patrons in with a similarly welcoming ambience, cooking up elevated everyday plates like Ellie’s Burger, a Salisbury Steak, a Vegan Cauliflower Grain Bowl, or even Green Eggs and Ham — all locally sourced with sustainable ingredients.
Originally from Dallas, Chef Dryer spent eleven years at Fearing’s Restaurant inside The Ritz-Carlton, several stents at AAA Four Diamond Restaurants in Los Angeles, and, most recently as Oprah’s private chef.
General Manager and certified Level One Sommelier Bhuvanesh “Bob” Khanna has pulled together a list of notable wines and unique drinkables, including selections from the family-owned Hall Napa Valley Winery.
I went to Ellie’s for lunch. After a glass of crisp Hall Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, I started with the 1717 Chicken Chowder, served with smoked bacon and crispy corn tortilla strips. I found myself exclaiming, “Mmm,” with each warm, savory bite.
Next came the Crab Louie Cobb Salad, with jumbo lump crab, vine-ripened tomatoes, hard-boiled cage-free egg, hickory-smoked bacon, and avocado slices. Delectable, to say the least! The jumbo lump crab was perfect.
After hearing the dessert selections, I ordered the Dark Chocolate Mousse Pie, served with berries, a chocolate drizzle, and topped with a melted marshmallow. This chocolate richness can be shared two or three ways. I took half home with me.
In Ellie’s Lounge, find specialty drinks like the Spangled Ramparts, a vodka-based cocktail blended with fresh lime juice, house berry syrup, and ginger kombucha; or Nothing Beets Couple No. 1, with Casa Noble tequila, Ancho Reyes Verde liqueur, fresh lime juice, and sweetened beet juice. Of its wines, Hall Ellie’s Cabernet Sauvignon is an excellent choice.
The Lounge is great for a pre- or post-theater drink and hosts live music with a Steinway grand piano. The menu selections include marinated olives with orange zest, sweet peppers, and Texas beef meatballs seasoned with rosemary and roasted garlic mushroom sauce.
Ellie’s Terrace offers dining with a view of the Texas Sculpture Walk. From the dinner menu, try the grilled calamari steak with red chili marinade, avocado, and citrus cucumber variations; the bronzed sea scallops; or a six-ounce beef tenderloin.
Enjoy seasonal American cuisine, fabulous art, and genuine hospitality at this new jewel in the Dallas Arts District. Ellie’s is located in the new HALL Arts Hotel and Residences at 1717 Leonard St, Dallas, TX 75201. Open Sunday-Thursday, 6:30 am to 10 pm, and Friday-Saturday, 6:30 am to 11 pm. Gratis valet parking is available.