Anything like Steak & Ale left in Dallas metro?
- hohokam Jun 17, 2013 08:03 PM
My parents have lived in the Metroplex for 45 years, and about the only "fancy" place they ever liked was Steak & Ale. With Steak & Ale's not-so-recent demise, they were left without what was for them about the only special occasion restaurant in town (Dunston's being a distant second).
Anyway, they have a big anniversary coming up this summer, and I'd like to take them out to eat. But I'm at a loss as to where to go. In terms of food, their tastes tend to run more in the direction of Outback than that of Stephen Pyles, and they have never been folks who set the table with more than one kind of fork per person. In case it's of any help, their favorite place to eat in the Phoenix area has been Black Angus steakhouse.
So, I guess I'm I'm looking for recommendations for "nice" places that (a) aren't too loud, (b) have something for steak-and-potatoes tastes, and (c) aren't too fussy. This meal is definitely more about my parents than it is about me, so interesting menu options are not as important to me as they would be if I were dining solo or my food friends. That said, I really would like to find a place where the food, even if it's staid, is well prepared.
Any of the above should suffice for what you're looking for. Each have multiple locations and are a heck of a lot better than Dunston's.
During a bout of insomnia last night, I checked out the websites and menus for those places along with some others.
It looks like Lawry's and Chamberlain's might offer the kind of menu and vibe I'm looking for, as opposed to the somewhat more casual atmosphere of a place like Hoffbrau.
Those suggestions definitely provided me with a good jumping-off point for refining the search. If folks have other ideas, please continue to toss them out there.
Pappas Bros. is excellent. I wouldn't say it's like Steak & Ale, but it is some good steak. They have some interesting options (like great black bean soup topped with diced bacon), but not much that would freak out the faint of heart. Good, straight-forward food & they're not stingy with it (nor should they be as it's not cheap).
Btw, depending on when their anniversary is, you might be able to go during extended Restaurant Week, when it's a great deal as well. Believe they always do the Central Market course.
Pappas Bros. actually looks like the kind of place I would go to if I were more of a steakhouse person. It might, however, be bumping up against the limits of what my parents would be comfortable with in terms of swankiness and price. Two months out, and I'm already working on how to minimize the scene that will inevitably be made when I pick up the check for this dinner. ;-)
Anyway, that's definitely one for me to keep in mind for future DFW visits.