I’m a huge Frank Sinatra fan. Like … huge. While it’s just a coincidence that his drink of choice (three fingers of Jack Daniels, 4 ice cubes, and a splash of water) is one of my favorites, I prefer some of the other classic cocktails that Frank and the rest of the Rat Pack enjoyed … which is exactly what Table 13 in Addison offers.
My girl Oh Hey Dallas was invited out to Table 13 to try out some of their food offerings, and she was nice enough to let me tag along. I am so glad that I was able to do so, because I’ve found a new date spot.
Table 13 is named after the number of members of the Rat Pack* (including the ladies), and offers some of the trappings of the time, from a crooner at the piano to throwback desserts to some of the best service I’ve experienced in a while. We started our evening with a cocktail (obviously) and it was a struggle to choose which as they had so many that appealed to me. I let our waiter choose my first drink (as I enjoy seeing what they decide to serve) and he chose very well. The Ryes Up was a nice take on an Old Fashioned without being too traditional. I’ll be ordering this baby again.
We dined (but didn’t wine) on some of the most gorgeous deviled eggs I’ve laid eyes on, escargot (yes … snails) with fluffy pastry nestled on top like a little hat, and a buffalo mozzarella and tomato salad that knocked my sandals off. (Fried capers are a revelation.) These delicious appetizers were accompanied by Bartender Dave’s award-winning Manhattan. Dave’s Manhattan was anything but the classic recipe and had the perfect touch of cherry flavor (Woodford Reserve, sweet & dry vermouths, Pechauds, Laphroig, cherry juice, and Frangelico). Don’t try to make this yourself … just visit Dave.
Dinner for me was a 6oz Filet au poivre and a custom drink made by Dave and sides of mushroom bucatini and onion rings. While many may not have the same appreciation as he and I do for huckleberry, the drink he whipped up can be enjoyed by all. Not too sweet and pretty damn potent, the huckleberry vodka used is the only think like it in Dallas (that I’ve found at least).
- The perfect ambiance for a date night — make sure you dress appropriately and are prepared for it to be a bit loud
- Potent and flavorful drinks, just like the Rat Pack would have liked
- Incredibly nightly entertainment that isn’t too loud or disruptive (some nights they bring in acts like Hunter Sullivan, Ricki Derek, and Goga)
- One of the owners, Mike McRae, is a restaurant pro and a flat out friendly guy that will charm your socks off
- Impeccable and friendly service from a staff who knows exactly what they’re doing
- Art of naked ladies allllll around the restaurant
- A bathroom that smells better than any bathroom I’ve ever smelled (seriously … buy one of the candles they sell at the hostess stand)
- Martinis are $3 during lunch (11am-4pm weekdays)
- Plastic drink ornaments that have a great story behind them (Mike told us that he remembers visiting his uncle and they’d go to the country club where he would order drinks that had monkeys on them)
- A vast and well thought-out wine selection (bottles $30-375, selections from California, Texas, and beyond)
- Dave behind the bar is not only a sommelier, but also a cicerone
HAPPY HOUR ~ 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.
LIQUID LUNCH ~ $3 Martinis 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays
***This delicious meal was on the house.***