When farm-to-table restaurant Bolsa, shuttered its Oak Cliff doors last year, it left big shoes to fill. We definitely think those shoes were more than filled by Encina, which took over the spot late last year!
Updated February 2021
Encina focuses on simplicity, consistency, quality, and execution. One of the owners gained years of experience in former Dallas foodie destinations like FT33, Smoke, Flora Street and Bolsa, so it’s no surprise the cuisine focuses on fresh ingredients and local produce. And the other owner’s focus is the beverage program, which follows that ethos too!
Fine Dining Menu
New American with a Southwest twist... enjoy starters like PEI mussels, steak tartare, and warm crab au gratin. The upscale entrees include veal bratwurst, quail, and blackened red fish. If you want to finish off with something sweet, try the peanut butter cheesecake or the spiced carrot cake. They're only open for dinner on the weekdays, and we can't say enough amazing things about it!
Their brunch is amazing and is served in a casual, rustic atmosphere with an elevated experience. For our savory dishes, we tried the egg sandwich, the Twig Flatbread with roasted grapes, arugula, and goat cheese, and an egg and the Confit Turkey Hash with brussels, sweet potatoes, carrots and fontina topped with over-easy eggs. For sweet, we tried the blue corn pancakes and the stuffed French toast with strawberry, thyme, lemon and coconut. Needless to say, we cleared out plates. We highly recommend this spot whether for brunch or for your next dinner out! P.S. make sure to try the very creative Verde Bloody Mary with cucumber, tomatillo, serrano, cilantro and lime!
Stop by the bar Wednesday-Friday from 4:30-6:00 PM for some great drink deals! Cocktails, like the Penicillin and the Flower Patch, which is made with strawberry and rosemary vodka, Grand Poppy, lemon, and bubbles, are available for $6. Or grab a glass of wine for $5 or a beer for $2.