DL Mack’s Brings Chicago Fare and Flare to Park Cities

Chicago came to Dallas this month via DL Mack’s. This “classic American tavern” is from the same hospitality group that brought you Drake’s Hollywood, East Hampton Sandwich Company, and Hudson House.

Mack’s is nestled between SMU and Park Cities with an old-school Chicago flair; Decor throughout the dining room includes some Windy City artifacts, like a floor-to-ceiling brick wall modeled after the Chicago Fire. Other pieces are vintage works from the Sports Memorabilia Collection at the Art Institute of Chicago.

DL Mack’s offers classic American cuisine from the ground up with share snacks, salads, premium steaks, and whole fish. The pizza here is not a standard dish to associate with Chicago; here they use a wafer-thin crust known as the “tavern style”. EaterChicago explains that this particular style comes before the deep dish.

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The bar at DL Mack

Photo courtesy Vandelay Hospitality

A pizza called Return Of The Mack is a mix of Jack, Fontina, and Provolone cheese topped with Jimmy’s sausage meatballs, onion jam, and freshly grated pecorino cheese. The Harry Caray Special comes with hot peppers, pickled jalapeño and pesto aioli. Other menu items include cheeseburgers, chicken tenders, and salads.
click to enlarge The dining room is intended to be a reminder of a worn-out meeting place after Prohibition - PHOTO COURTESY OF VANDELAY HOSPITALITY

The dining room is supposed to be a reminder of a worn-out meeting place after Prohibition

Photo courtesy Vandelay Hospitality

There are also some classic New York dishes on the menu. A steak frites au poivre is a 10 ounce USDA premium New York strip topped with coarsely cracked peppercorns in an au poivre sauce inspired by the iconic dish made famous by Raoul’s. The dish is served with Mack’s fries, garlic Kennebec potato wedges, in roasted garlic oil and a homemade shake spice mix.

The drinks menu offers classic cocktails and two frozen drinks: a Paloma and the Vandelay Bellini, which became famous in the sister restaurant Hudson House. The on-the-rocks drinks include the classic Bees Knees from the 1920s, which are made with Hendrick’s, lemon, honey and rounded off with DL Mack’s signature Lilet Blanc limoncello foam. A wide selection of wines is also available.

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DL Mack’s, 6501 Hillcrest Ave., Sunday-Wednesday 11 am-9pm; Thursday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.