It was a pretty decent culinary weekend for me. Most every Saturday and Sunday I am working the Dallas by Chocolate tours where I am acting tour guide. This is a pretty good way to glide through four or five food destinations in just a few hours, grabbing samples and ideas along the way. For the most part this has been just chocolate and pastry destinations, but look for more savory destinations soon. I will be assembling some mystery tours and hitting some of my favorite hidden gems through out the city. How fun is that?
With this in mind, I wanted to share a few of my favorite bites from the past few days.
I am always on the hunt for remarkable lamb chops, and some of the best in Dallas can be found at Salum located on the cusp of Uptown on Cole. These babies are the signature dish at the restaurant and made with a Dijon truffled crust, mushroom bread pudding and a lamb demi.
Primo’s on McKinney just finished up a little remodel and spiffing up, and that includes their menu which has plenty of new items to entice. The table fell in love with these fried avocados that is basically a chunky guacamole and shrimp concoction that has been deep fried and served with a side of spicy tomatillo sauce. Worth the trip.
I spotted a new restaurant in an eye sore of a neighborhood in Farmers Branch called Tuscany. This is a family operated Italian restaurant that can be heavy on the red sauce, but the few dishes sampled were pretty damned good. This is a third location for the family, with outposts in remote burgs around Dallas and Fort Worth, including the main store in Keller.
I spotted the Straciatela Ala Romana and had to order. I am a sucker for the Italian egg drop soup, and this was a definite hit. Warm and inviting, the bowl also had fine striations of spinach and was hearty enough to be a main course when served with the house-made bread.
Brunch this weekend was celebrated at Cibus in Northpark. There will be a full story on this to follow today or tomorrow, but I had to toss this in the mix of the best dishes devoured recently. The eggs Benedict were masterfully executed, something not found often it would seem. The eggs were supple and with the slightest tough they broke open causing a wave of yolk to soak the dish.
The Cibus Eggs Benedict are poached eggs served on grilled polenta with lump crabmeat and topped with a creamy Parmesan sauce with sautéed spinach and roasted potatoes.
Chocolate Angel is a beautiful café and tearoom located both in Richardson and Plano. This day I had the warm and oozing Aunt Dot’s Fudge Pie that was dolloped with whipped cream. Pretty amazing.
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