The holiday shopping rush has started and you’re probably going to be spending most of the next few weeks at the mall. If you plan to be hanging around the Dallas Galleria (or even if you’re not), you should consider taking a break at The Second Floor by Scott Gottlich—located on the second floor of the Westin Galleria Dallas. Not only does the place have an amazing ambiance, but it also serves wonderful food and fabulous craft cocktails.
The restaurant is classy, yet casual— and the reasonably priced menu features something for everyone. Fancy a sandwich? How about a grilled salmon BLT or a house ground burger with caramelized balsamic onions and blue cheese? There are also wood fired pizzas, soups, salads, main courses and some delicious plates for sharing.
The Second Floor By Scott Gottlich
The Westin Galleria
13340 Dallas Parkway
Dallas, TX 75240
Relax in front of a roaring fire
You can have a drink (and a few sharable plates) in front of a roaring fire, while relaxing on the comfy leather sofas. No need to get up for anything, there are plenty of friendly folks ready to wait on you hand and foot.
Take a peek inside
The Second Floor is a trendy, yet comfortable space to hang out in. There’s plenty of seating in both the bar area and in the back room. There are also several flat screens scattered around for those who want to watch the game.
Cocktail Time at the Second Floor
The house tonic and gin is refreshing. Mixologist Seth Brammer uses premium spirits and makes his own mixers, including the tonic, which was steeped with aromatic herbs. To get into the holiday spirit, you can’t miss with a cinnamon sidecar (on the right). Four Roses Bourbon, Combier, lemon and cinnamon get amped up with a dash of bubbly. The result is a not overly sweet, ambrosial cocktail that goes down silky smooth.
The Second Floor’s Lobster Roll Sandwich
Executive chef Andrea Maricich scores big time with her lobster roll sandwich ($19). It’s listed on the plates to share, but you will probably want to keep this one all to yourself. Take note, there’s massive chunks of succulent lobster meat enveloped in a brioche roll. It comes with fried green beans and a delicious tartar sauce for dipping.
Upscale Deviled Eggs
Maricich’s version of deviled eggs ($8) will make you forget about any others you have tasted. These tasty morsels come with crispy pancetta, blue cheese and black truffle sea salt.
Foie Gras French Toast
Maricich really outdoes herself with this sharable plate. She sears Hudson Valley foie gras ($17) and serves it atop a thick slab of french toast or pain perdu. It all marries beautifully with a quince and sherry gastrique and the smattering of pomegranate seeds adds a nice crunch.
Maricich uses garlic, fresh basil and deep roasted tomatoes to give the tomato soup ($6/$10) an intense flavor. It’s so thick and rich, you’d never know there wasn’t any cream in it. The tiny grilled cheese sandwich dipped in it makes for one insanely delicious bite. Maricich also is serving a lemony Greek style chicken and mushroom soup ($5/$9)on the winter menu. It’s filled with roasted chicken and a mix of earthy veggies.
Grilled Ahi Tuna
The grilled tuna ($29) is seared perfectly and is loaded with flavors and textures from red quinoa coated butternut squash, charred onion, spinach and pumpkin seeds. It gets a umami kick from a soy-sorghum sauce on the side.
Pan Seared Sea Scallops
The sea scallops ($16/$29) are a must try. The dish features plump scallops resting atop parsnip purée. Each scallop is topped with a thin sliver of house cured lonzini (pork tenderloin). The dish is served with crispy lemony Brussels sprouts on the side.
The Second Floor’s dessert menu ($8 each) has something for everyone, including sorbets, devil’s food cake with caramel ice cream, apple upside-down cake with cider ice cream and a vanilla bean panna cotta with pomegranate-hibiscus gelee. But the decadent butterscotch pudding with whipped cream is hard to resist. It’s heavenly, but also rich, which makes it a good one to share with your bestie. No worries. With all the shopping you have to do, you’ll quickly burn off all the calories.