Annie Potasznik, NBCDFW.com
Set in an 83-year-old former Catholic grade school, the Uptown restaurant is anything but elementary.
A transparent floor, centuries-old samurai art, fire pits, huge wrap-around patio... what is Saint Ann?
It's an ultramodern bar/resto serving affordable bites and cocktails in a structure built in 1927 as Dallas' first school for Hispanic children.
The building was later enlarged in 1946 when it became Dallas' first Hispanic high school for girls.
It gets a gold star for not kitching it up like crazy despite its school cafeteria theme.
"A lot of restaurants these days use fillers and sparklers and palm tree leaves just to make food look fancy, and we're not trying to do that. We're doing back-to-basics style of cooking," said Chef Michael Guerrero.
If you can't make it in time for dinner, grab a drink when the swank gets turned up a notch at the bar, open until 2 a.m.
2501 North Harwood