Dallas trip report
I ate at others, but these were the most memorable.
Blue Mesa Grill:
A long flight, no meal service, bad weather, and a wrong turn trying to find the hotel precipitated an unplanned trip here.
But then things turned around. The welcome mix of tortilla, blue corn, and yucca (?) chips went down quickly and easily. I
had the mesa sampler (caramalized onion-basil quesadilla, New Mesa nachos and chicken taquitos) which was so good. The sweet
caremelized onions complemented the salty cheese in the quesadilla perfectly.
The valet parking was great especially since this was my first venture into downtown big D and parking I knew not of. This
was lunchtime and I went for the short rib. Nice and tender in the beginning, but my slow eating caught up to me and the dish
quickly cooled off rendering the meat tougher as time went on. I think I was more impressed by the digs than anything else.
Especially the men's restroom. The door to the lone toilet was taken off Noah's Ark, for sure. And exiting to a car show in
the form of valet-parked corvettes, benz's, and a maserati or two was a dessert-proxy.
Nuevo Leon (Farmer's Branch):
Finally, my first dabble into real mexican food. I went for the mole verde which had chicken in a creamy green sauce. The
lunch portions were just right and I was so happy that they didn't overfill the plate with rice. The hole in the wall
atmosphere was great too. My next time will definitely involve some seafood dishes. The eyes did wander from the lunch menu.
Very disappointed in the fried chicken. Maybe I ordered the wrong thing. Maybe I've been KFC programmed. Maybe I just don't
get southern friend chicken. Was I suppose to use the honey at the bottom of the bag? I found the chicken bland and lacking
seasoning (even salt!), but expertly fried.
Stopped by the Las Colinas location. Great fish tacos that were deliciously seasoned and cooked perfectly. Alot of places tend to overcook fish. But, these pieces of tilapia held well. Slightly firm on the outside with a consistenly soft, but not raw, middle.
Sonny Bryan's (Inwood Rd):
I got the beef sandwich and some ribs. I initially was disappointed but for some reason kept eating. And not due to hunger.
There was something about the sauce as if my mouth was analyzing it for a secret ingredient. I stared at the empty plates,
dirty napkins, and burped with content.
Sweet Georgia Brown:
Wow! The 1/2 hour wait in line was well worth it. I quickly picked up the lingo and made sure to order the smothered chicken
with cream corn, mac n cheese, and collard greens. The greens were especially good soaking up some pork fat goodness. Even
Emeril would be proud. Just to make sure everything stuck to my ribs, I chased the main course down with a smooth slice of
sweet potato pie. A slightly burned bottom mellowed well with the sweetness of the filling.
Thanks chowhounds. Come on over to the Ontario/Toronto board if you want suggestions for the T-dot.