Phoenix hound looking for Arlington/Dallas spots
My fiance and I are coming into town next month for the America's Run Half. Here is what I have and am looking for.
Lunch: Off the Bone BBQ
Dinner: Looking for something a little unique to Texas 15-30 per main dish range reasonably close to the Cowboys Stadium which is where we will be staying.
Lunch: at the Mariners Rangers game
Dinner: We are locavores here in Phoenix and would love to find a great farm to table place that focuses on local Dallas/Fort Worth purveyors
Post Race: Some place reasonably close with great food and large portions so I can replenish my body late on a Sunday afternoon.
All suggestions would be very much appreciated.
I left very disappointed the last time I ate at Potager a few months ago. They had just opened the doors for the evening service, I believe it was a Sat. The consomme was totally flavorless and the short rib ravioli had a not good taste with the pasta being tough as shoe leather. Maybe it was simply a very off night for them, but after having raved about the place to my dinner partners (I don't remember their choices)..... well, it was awkward.
I sincerely hope it was a one time thing. I had been there a couple of times for lunch and was really impressed. After having not been in some months, and then having a not so pleasant experience, I was worried that their remarkable qualities were fading. Glad to hear otherwise.
I've only been the once you mention. Nothing was actually bad, but nothing was great either. It was pretty much a home-cooked meal from a not particularly talented cook, the night I was there.
I concluded that people were really swooning over the concept, not the food.
I think it would be a fine choice for one meal, especially since it is in Arlington & therefore convenient, but it doesn't really represent the local food scene here, in my mind ... Local is so much better for that.
It's more than just a concept, check the bigger Potager thread which named many examples of standout dishes. I've dined there both for lunch and dinner many times over the past 6 months and was impressed with mushroom quiche, different vegetable lasagnas and my favorite, the cauliflower soup. Though I can understand how its possible to have a not so stellar experience after factoring in the constantly changing menu. No harm in trying again.
Off the Bone is a wonderful pick for BBQ.
For your dinner on saturday I'd suggest Potager. The restaurant follows Slow Food's school of thought and they emphasize locally sourced ingredients, some are even home grown by the owner. The menu rotates daily based on the ingredients, and you can check what they'll have on their website.
http://www.madewithair.com/?p=14 - scroll to the bottom
And yes, you really do pay as much as you like for the meal.
Potager sounds perfect for Saturday Night will we need to make reservations? Could you recommend a good Texas winery to pair with the food? This sounds perfect. Thank you so much for the tip on Potager it will also give us a little more money for a nice meal Friday Night.
Here is a story from the Dallas Morning News on Potager.
There is no need for reservations. Cynthia (the owner) is worth a chat to if she is available. The Texas winery would be a tough recommendation as I am not sure what they will be serving on that particular night. I wouldn't give a recommendation for a white if you are having beef or lamb. I will gather some recs up from a local friend of mine and see which ones he likes the best.
Jamaica Gates might be a good choice for a local place in Arlington. Air has been and had some dishes he liked but I have not personally been.
Since you might be looking for a good healthy place there are plenty of Vietnamese restaurants in Arlington. It depends on the specific dish on where to go. If you would like a good variety I would suggest Le's Fire Pot in Arlington at Arkansas Ln and Hwy 360 (Angus G Wynne).