We at the INSIDER are chagrined to have waited this long to visit purveyors of the Dark Horse Tavern in Union Plaza. Co-owners Austin Allen and Lawrence Acosta are hoping to resonate with the kind of crowds that made prior business ventures like the Black Market, Palomino Tavern and Star City Kitchen and Bar, (to name only a few) so prosperous.
For everything there is a time, and the time is now for the Dark Horse Tavern to make an impression on a customer-base that appreciates affordable drinks and rich food in a rustic yet contemporary setting. The assumption by us at the INSIDER, (guilty as charged) was a bar that turns into a nightclub on weekends but we stand corrected. This is clearly a “tavern” – a place to enjoy drinks and get served food.
That identity is what we wanted to get to the root of when speaking with co-owner Austin Allen, “We looked at coming down here in the past and didn’t feel we could play ball at the time but now it’s about bringing something different to Union Plaza. We’re not a club but a bar and we like that it brings diversity to the area.”
Part of the brand of the Dark Horse Tavern is in the details, such as playing vinyl records, “Since vinyl has hit, we felt it was a cool opportunity,” said Austin. Like a small book case, the rows of records are visible from the bar-top. Rustic elements permeate through the use of industrial metallic materials and found wood. Not only can the rusticity be seen, but smelled, as the scent of barbecue, smoked and cured meats act as serpentine instruments of seduction.
“We’re serving high quality but very affordable food. It’s a Texas ranch style food, with a ranch emphasis and some creole influences,” said Lawrence Acosta.
Only serving dinner starting at 5 pm, Dark Horse offers sandwich selections such as smoked brisket sliced thick, slow roasted green chile lamb, or a three octopus, scallop and shrimp sope for example.
Salads are in abundance like the Spring Bibb which has Butter Bibb lettuce, grilled vegetables, pickled pearl onions, house seasoned peanuts, tossed with a garlic red pepper dressing.
Sweets include a grapefruit pistachio mini bunt cake.
There is a wide selection of domestic, imported and craft beers, liquors and a healthy wine selection for those so inclined.
“We’re trying to be different down here and we also want to represent the City well. We’ve got the beauty of the Palomino Tavern and attitude from the Black Market,” said Austin.
For more information visit the Dark Horse Tavern on social media or (915) 222-8977