One of Southlake’s best Cajun-Creole restaurants is back: New Orleans Copeland reopens its location at the Hilton Dallas / Southlake Town Square Hotel at 1400 Plaza Pl. on September 20.
The restaurant has temporarily closed due to the pandemic in April 2020. This reopening represents a triumphant return and is accompanied by a renovation of the space as well as some new dishes from the new chef Carl Chamberlain. The dining room is now open for breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and for dinner from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The renovations began in May 2021, in partnership with parent company Copeland’s of New Orleans and ownership group Driftwood Capital.
Additions include photos of New Orleans by Heather Green of Briole Photography; new New Orleans style lighting fixtures; and a glass chandelier at the entrance.
There’s also a new wrought-iron gate and hand-laid bricks with the Copeland logo painted by Sean Starr of Starr Studios for a charming old New Orleans energy. There is a double-sided bar and seating on two refreshed outdoor patios.
Fans can find New Orleans classics such as crayfish, jambalaya pasta and red beans and rice with Andouille sausage.
The menu offers shareable appetizers, chicken and pasta dishes, seafood specialties, as well as steakhouse-style options such as:
- Artichoke Spinach Dip – topped with Monterey Jack cheese, served with fried bowtie pasta
- Brie, strawberry and almond salad – with almond-crusted quarters, spring mix, arugula, sliced strawberries, chopped onions, toasted almonds, crispy bacon and balsamic vinaigrette
- Crab Cakes & Shrimp Alfredo – with fried crab cakes, Gulf shrimp, angel hair pasta and a shrimp Alfredo sauce
- Creole Cheesecake – an original creamy cheesecake with a buttery pecan crust
So don’t go thinking they’re just a Cajun place, okay.
New menu items include:
- Crab & Avocado Stack – Crabmeat in giant pieces, Roma tomato, avocado, red onion, cilantro, honey lemon vinaigrette
- Grouper – Florida grouper in a garlic butter sauce on sautéed squash, asparagus, mushrooms
- Herb-Crusted Salmon – Seared salmon with herbs and seasoning, garnished with a garlic Bordelaise of chopped crab meat, served with roasted rosemary potatoes
Their bar program is robust with signature cocktails including, of course, a Hurricane with Pat O’Brien’s Hurricane blend, light rum and dark rum. They also have a designated menu of martinis such as the Margaritatini with Sauza Hornitos, Grand Marnier and Bittersweet; and the Cucumber Martini with cucumber and lime juice, intense ginger liqueur, simple syrup and vodka.
Copeland’s of New Orleans was founded in 1983 by Al Copeland, a New Orleans native, president of Al Copeland Investments, and serves New Orleans and Creole dishes with an upscale sensibility, made from scratch. There are 12 locations in Louisiana, Texas, Georgia, and Florida.
“The Copeland family have been proud to be part of the Dallas community since 1986 when we first opened Copeland’s of New Orleans here and most recently in 2008 as the premier restaurant at the Hilton Southlake Town Square “Copeland said in a statement. . “We look forward to reopening to bring a little piece of our family and New Orleans to Southlake and surrounding communities for years to come!”