Wine-bottles-on-shelf.jpg• No neighborhood restaurants made Open Table’s list of the 100 best restaurants for service in the U.S. and there was only one in Dallas – the French Room – and just three in Texas. The list was based on more than 5 million restaurant reviews over the past year on the OpenTable reservation website.

Mockingbird Taproom at Mockingbird Station will serve $12 buckets of domestic beer and the $3 beer of the month from March 19 to April 9 as part of its NCAA basketball tournament promotion.

• Wine of the week: Barahonda Monastrell Sin-Madera 2010 ($9): This Spanish red has the region’s funky aroma — the wine geeks call it barnyard, but that doesn’t do it justice. It’s an earthy, intriguing smell that is classic Spain. There is also some dark fruit, lots of spiciness and not a bit of oak. Available at Spec’s.


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