Late last month, I decided to try new NorthPark's newest restaurant addition, The Theodore. I'd heard quite a bit of buzz around the classic American-themed restaurant, but kept putting off my visit because I wanted to wait for the right day. With a grumbling tummy in the middle of the day, I figured it was time for me to test out some new cuisine.
I arrived early in the afternoon and thought the host desk was the cutest thing! With a wall of old-fashioned numbered hotel keys, it felt as though I'd stepped into a historic hotel. This spot has tons of personality that make for a unique dining experience. The Theodore honors the dynamic spark that followed Teddy Roosevelt over the course of his lifetime. Every nook and cranny reflects the American theme. As a girl who appreciates attention to details, I love the atmosphere that has been created from the vintage light fixtures and hand painted murals to brassy furniture and hidden rooms. Curated by art and design team, Lou Verne, each room truly has a spirit and charm of its own. If you love quirky with a hint of nostalgia, The Theodore will be a gem.
There's even a bakery where you'll find some quite familiar confections. Why? The James Beard award-winning chef team is also behind several other delicious restaurant menus in the metroplex!
Since it was bright and sunny outside after days of continuous rain, I thought an outdoor table would be the perfect route. Conveniently, there is valet just outside of the patio, so guests can easily get to the restaurant without having to search long and hard for a parking spot. The outdoor area is excellent for Saturday and Sunday brunch which I have yet to try, but the brunch menu is available on the weekends from 10AM-3PM.
The outdoor atmosphere is very calming and bright detailed with colorful vines and kelly green patio decor. I noticed that there were also heaters for placed around the patio to keep guests warm during those cooler evenings as well as a controllable cover for rainy days, so The Theodore has your back no matter the weather!
Customer service is a big deal to me and the staff was very attentive and friendly throughout my entire dining experience. After giving me several requested minutes to look over the menu (and take blog photos), I settled on The Theodore Burger well-done and topped with American cheese, lettuce, onions, and garlic aioli.
The Food | The Theodore Burger
In my opinion, the garlic aioli was the touch that made this burger unique from the typical burger and gave it a fresh flavor. The Theodore Burger was served with a side of lightly salted, perfectly crispy shoestring fries.
The Cocktail | Yellowstone
Rather than a fizzy drink to chase the burger, I ordered the Yellowstone cocktail from the bar. If you're looking for a fruity drink, The Theodore may not be your cup of...well, spirits. While the frozen Yellowstone cocktail contains the sweet strawberry flavor, it is accompanied by the flavors of sage, Campari, and Cinco rimmed with turmeric pop rocks. It's definitely herbal with a bit of a spicy kick.
All in all, I enjoyed my first of many experiences at The Theodore and hope to return soon for brunch or dinner. There are a few other cocktails I might be interested in trying and some of the other entrees also sound very promising.
The Theodore is located at NorthPark Center in Dallas, Texas on the first floor between Macy's and Nordstrom (North side) off of Park Lane.