Yesterday was my first visit to Kay Agnew’s “new” location of Margaux’s. Yes, I know it has been almost a year since she relocated to the Dallas Design District, but it was a fast year. The dramatic dining room is similar to one you’d find inside a fine art museum—the contemporary space has white walls, black table cloths (one red cloth on a table in the middle of the room), and a long rectangular painting of red roses spans the length of the back wall. A vase with a single red rose sits on every table. The menu is Agnew’s signature upscale Cajun/Creole fare.
Lunch is the deal here—they are only “open on selected evenings” for dinner. (Our waiter told us “most Fridays.”) The crawfish etouffee (pictured) was subtly spicy and a generous portion for only $10.50. Ditto for the grilled chicken salad tossed in a huge bowl with rotini, finely minced vegetables and red peppers, and finished with pungent balsamic vinaigrette. All the flavors were distinctive and clean. Dish of the day went to the Pasta Chandelier—shrimp, chunks of chicken, and andouille sausage mixed with chopped vegetables and covered with a white wine basil sauce.
The dining room was almost filled to capacity and all of the diners were very smartly dressed and stylish. (We stuck out like the single red table cloth.) Margaux’s would be a perfect spot for a special occasion lunch (Valentine’s Day!) or an occasional fancy lunch for a not-so-fancy price. Jump for more pictures. From top: Interior; Pasta Chandelier; grilled tilapia.