Cosmo’s Restaurant and Bar (1212 Skillman St., Dallas, 75206, <cosomosbar.net>) is a medium sized neighborhood lounge that has been in business for years. My understanding is that it started as a bar with a small pizza kitchen and several years ago the manager/chef Jackson Tran (now part owner) wanted to expand the menu with Vietnamese specialties from his family, to see how that would impact business. It was a terrific idea that has really caught on with more than just the locals. It’s a small kitchen so food may take a bit of time but while you wait there is a full bar with well made drinks. The interior has lots of vintage furniture and decorations. They were ready for Halloween the evening we went. The heavily tinted windows to the street along one wall keep it dark inside even before sunset. Tables are well spaced and there is hanging plexiglass between seating areas. A large u-shaped bar has spaced stools for eating and/or drinking. Music was in the background and there was a patio. Besides the tasty Vietnamese items the menu features pizzas. Unfortunately the night we were there they were out of the Beef Pho, but I will definitely go back to try it and some of the other things on the menu. Service was friendly, helpful and well masked.
We started with the Kimchi Tater Tots and added pork belly to them, while we enjoyed drinks and tried to decide what to eat. This was a wild combination of ingredients that really worked. The spicy kimchi moderated the rich pork belly and all was rounded out by the tater tots. The only warning is that the tots don’t retain their crispness.
The Lemongrass Beef Banh Mi we got without adding tots. The sandwiches all have the option of ordering with or without tots. They come cut in half and are well stuffed on a toasty bun. It was filling and good.
Crispy Vietnamese Egg Rolls came 4 to an order. They were hot and with thin crispy wrappers and two sauces to dip into. I liked both sauces and loved the flakey crispness of the rolls but these were probably the least flavor intense thing we had.
Seoul Tacos, which contain pork belly, come in sets of 2 or 3. We got 2 since we had so many other things. The tortilla was soft and well filled. The server suggested anything with pork belly was a success and she was right. The tasty meat was good with the other ingredients in the filling. Another good aspect of the tacos is that they weren’t as filling with a smaller bread to filling ratio. Thumbs up here.
Our second visit we tried the house pizza (all 16 inches) with mushrooms and pepperoni. You can order half or quarter pizzas also, but we got the whole one. The crust was a nice thickness and held up to a generous topping of cheese, sauce and ingredients. It was really good. I took home the leftovers and they heated nicely for lunch the next day. Can’t ask for more than that.