After 40 years of Houston, Addison Brentwood restaurant opens in its place

It will be impossible to keep up with all the stories of “remembering” that will be told over lunch or dinner at Brentwood, the new American restaurant for the Dallas residents who started Hudson House. Everyone here will remember the times: they will remember when this restaurant was owned by Houston for nearly 40 years.

And they will feel the spirit of the restaurant in the walls. They’ll see it on his menu.

Everyone who walks into Brentwood will try to imagine what Houston looked like and then compare what was done. The dining room is more open, but the bar is still a few steps away – a great place to people watch.(Tom Fox / personal photographer)

“This restaurant is an icon of dining in Dallas,” the restaurant group‘s CEO and founder, Hunter Pond, said in a statement. Brentwood still has the dark wood walls and split-level dining area in the bar and conservatory, but the whole room is airier, with more banquettes – the perfect setting for mighty lunches and late-night dinners.

It opens July 7, 2022 in an area of ​​Addison that has been revamped with newcomers like Mendocino Farms, La La Land Cafe, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, and an upcoming Asian Mint.

I couldn’t resist ordering the French dip, a Houston staple. Brentwood’s version has soft shreds of roast beef on buttered bread with generous cups of au jus and horseradish cream. The classic menu includes a crispy chicken Caesar salad, three burgers (including the company’s first veggie burger), a rib eye and wildly salty fries that feel right at home at an address that defines the high-end casual food chain. range in Texas.

Brentwood is the new brand from parent company Vandelay Hospitality. None of his concepts stray too far from home. There’s Hudson House, Vandelay’s best-known and most prolific brand; East Hampton Sandwich Co., Pond’s original restaurant; Drake’s Hollywood, the steakhouse adjacent to Park Cities; Lucky’s Chicken, the burgeoning hot chicken restaurant; and DL Mack’s, another American restaurant.

Vandelay is still in a legal dispute with former employees who claim the company discriminated against workers and customers.

The rib eye from San Francisco to Brentwood comes with a baked potato, a retro side that is...
The rib eye from San Francisco to Brentwood comes with a baked potato, a retro edge that’s back in Dallas restaurants.(Tom Fox / personal photographer)
Walk through the main Brentwood room to the veranda a few steps up.  It is one of...
Walk through the main Brentwood room to the veranda a few steps up. This is one of the venues in Brentwood that will remind Houston fans of the old restaurant.(Tom Fox / personal photographer)

Brentwood also serves up a few sushi dishes like a spicy cucumber-salmon roll and a lightly seared tuna salad. Sister restaurant Anchor Bar, due to open at the intersection of Preston Road and Royal Lane in 2023, will lean more towards seafood and sushi dishes. But Brentwood provides insight.

As in all restaurants in Vandelay, lunch or dinner should start with a cold martini. Brentwood builds on Hudson House’s traditional blue cheese-stuffed olives by serving goat cheese-stuffed olives in the restaurant’s Classic Martini.

Give it a few weeks, then go to dinner and look around: plenty of customers will drink one.

Brentwood is at 5318 Belt Line Road, Dallas. It opens on July 7, 2022. Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner.

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