t0rin0 (1529) Do Not Resuscitate, California | September 20, 2013
Visited February 2012.
Fucken a, my whole rating was deleted because I clicked submit without putting a score in. Iíll re-write this later. Food is weird for the sake of weird. Not enjoyable, even after trying three different small plates. Trying too hard to be artsy. The beer list on the other hand was pretty good and sitting outside on the patio up against the wall was enjoyable, even with the flies. Prices were high, service was good, and the place is enjoyable all around.
Yuppie, trendy and posh layout that is quite refreshing for a beer bar. Service is all about the local beer guy Matt, a hero. Great selection, with very cool and unusual bottles. Food is trendy and doesnít live up to the flowery descriptions, not bad just not as good as it should be. Pricing is on the high side,but appropriate for the place. I really enjoyed it and would happily recommend.
Meddlesome Moth is located on Oak Lawn not too far off the Tom Landry freeway. There is a parking lot behind the vine-covered brick building.
The inside is one large space, with the bar running along the left side, and table seating throughout. There is a patio in the rear too. The decor is dark wood on the walls and floor, and there are 3 large stained glass windows apparently reclaimed from a Hard Rock Cafe, featuring legends of rock ín roll. Behind the bar is a clean and uniform row of taps, with the names of the beers written on a board about them, and a large framed and illuminated picture of a moth.
The draught selection numbers around 40 with many Texan breweries like Community, Live Oak, Revolver, Lakewood, Peticolas, and Real Ale. Other craft breweries like Prairie, Deschutes and Ballast Point too. Samplers are available, both pre-set and pick your own. The bottled menu exceeds 100, again with many TX breweries like Ranger Creek and other domestic and imported craft beer.
Service for our group was very good. The server was very knowledgeable about the beer menu and attentive throughout our visit.
Food at Meddlesome Moth is eclectic, bordering on weird. The focus is on shared plates which is what we did. Deviled eggs, Duck Wings, Sweet Pea Guacamole and Bacon Lollipops were all tasty.
Overall I really enjoyed my visit here. Luckily we had a reservation and I can see where pretentiousness and hipsterism could creep in, but all in all this is definitely the type of place I would seek out on a visit to Dallas.
UPDATED. Visited for dinner with a group on a Monday night. The food (tapas style) was solid, though expensive. Beer selection was great, as remembered. FYI - I fixed the map issue mentioned by notalush in March 2014 - appears to be correct now.
PREVIOUS. Visited after work on a Wednesday. Easy to find right of Stemmons, I was able to find street parking, though they also had valet. Very swanky spot, beautiful, big restaurant with a large bar area and a nice garden patio. Very much a white table cloth type place. Jazz playing, bunch of suits and ties in the crowd. The beer selection is solid, 40 draft, and 1 cask with a nice variety of local, national and import options. Well chosen. There is also a deep bottle selection, with 6 ďcellar selectionsĒ. Many sours on offer. Food was upscale and expensive. Not entirely my type of place to hang out, but they are doing a great job with an upscale beer experience.
76 = ★★★ (Worth the visit, must for locals, and visitors with time)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
Visited for lunch on a lazy Friday afternoon. The Meddlesome Moth is quite smart looking, itís certainly not your average dive. The ambience is quite relaxed, despite the slightly upscale surroundings. The tap selection was pretty good, about 30 taps. Despite the large selection, I would have preferred to see a few more local Texas offerings. The bottle list wasnít particularly interesting, well appointed bit lacking in "unobtainium". Of course, this could be due to Texas less-than-relaxed beer distribution. The service was very good. The bar staff were happy to provide sample pours, and I was even given unsolicited samples from the bartender one he realized my interest in beer. The food was very good, and not bad value. Overall, a pretty nice place!
I visited on a recent business trip and was impressed with the overall experience. The place was busy and had a good atmosphere for a Tuesday evening. The main attraction is the 40 taps of beer which had a good range of US craft brews on like Stone and Avery, as well as some Belgium brews (a particular standout was St Bernadus Abt 12) and even Brewdog Hardcore IPA. The bottle list was pretty extensive, but I did not delve far into it. The music was also pretty decent (mostly rock) and the staff were friendly, if not a little over-attentive. A bit of a let-down was the food which looked great, but always contained a weird ingredient or two that didnít quite work (e.g. a bucket load of cayenne pepper in a chocolate pudding...). Overall a great place to visit for atmosphere and the beer range.
This was a must visit on my recent Texas craft beer trip. Iíve been wanting to check this place out since numerous previous visits to lesser DFW area places came up short. Let me be clear...the Moth did not come up short...it definitely did not disappoint. I actually planned my nights hotel less than a mile away...so that when my wife told me she was too tired to go to a beer bar after a great dinner at Wolfgang Puckís in the Reunion Tower (as I suspected she would)...I was able to drop her off at the hotel and sneak over here for an hour before closing time (LOL!). So...and as the other reviewers have said...love the ambiance...love the stained glass windows...great staff...and very enjoyable...mixed...eclectic crowd. The conversations were almost as good as the beers...which were exceptional. This is a destination beer bar...go out of your way to visit it.
Really cool spot that could have fit into any city. Only place that Iíve been in Texas that made me think this could survive and thrive in Chicago. The decor is awesome, high slanted ceilings and stain glass that makes you think of a church. Huge bar with lots of taps. More Texas focused here, with Jester King draft and bottles, only place in town with Live Oak. Had several bottles, Prairie stuff, even some bomb! hidden away even if they wonít give it to you. I wish I had eaten here over Common, every dish made my mouth water. Only had a brief staff but this is a must to come back to, and frankly the only spot in DFW thatís a must check out.
Very upscale looking interior. Restaurant table section and a nice long bar in a sectioned of area. Only seemed to be 25 or so taps, but apparently there are 40. Two beer engines (cask). They also serve hard liquor and wine. Didnít try the food, but have heard mixed reviews. Selection was good by Dallas standards, and they did have a rarity on cask when I was there (Stone IRS on American Oak). I have no doubt that they will continue to try to bring in the best beers that TABC and the distributors will allow. Parking is valet or street parking. I donít often find my self in this part of town, but the few blocks around the Moth have undergone a gentrification process compared to the rest of the area.
On a whistlestop tour of some of the finest pub-restaurants in the US, this was the best. A large room that is divided cleverly to include some discrete areas. It aspires to and delivers standards that treat beer drinkers with huge respect. It is assumed they will want to eat unashamedly well and that they will want to try the whole gamut of beer types, from cask-conditioned to mixed spice, not just the potent, the pungent and the psychotic. Alternatively, for visitors from the UK, it really is rather splendid.