Ahi Tuna Salad and Blackend Crawfish Po' Boy.

Ahi Tuna Salad and Blackend Crawfish Po’ Boy. Photo by Lori Bandi.

Sit on the outdoor patio at Offshore’s Nextdoor, and you just might feel a cool ocean breeze. “I want you to feel like you’re not in the middle of Dallas. I want this to be an oasis in the middle of the parking lot,” owner Christina Cass says. Cass, who originally wanted to open a tequila lounge, likes to bring spicy flavors to her seafood joint “so people don’t go home bored.” The restaurant’s boathouse look easily detracts from boredom: a sail covers one wall, pictures of the beach line others and a wooden post in front points directions to places including Acapulco and New Iberia. Despite the hang-ten feel, the restaurant not only weathered the financial crisis in 2008 — it opened its doors during it. Cass attributes Offshore’s success to the regulars and the neighbors that have supported the restaurant. “The look of the people is basically the look of the neighborhood,” Cass says of her customers.

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Offshore’s Nextdoor

9660 Audelia, Ste. 305, 214.503.1012

Ambiance: Laid-back

Price range: $8-$24

Tip: Happy hour runs Monday through Friday, 3:30-7 p.m.


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