Tuesday and Thursday I had the opportunity to indulge in fine dining for Restaurant Week in Dallas. Where the typical price range is $$$, this week allows those that are more, let's just say, tight on the budget, to experience a delicious 3-course meal at a finer restaurant in the area for $35. It's a fun week that brings out a great mix of people and the best in service from the various restaurant staff. Here's a peek at the two places I visited and a bit about my experience.Normal price range: $50 and over
Overall rating by me: A
My two girlfriends and I enjoyed a fun feast of each of the three selections (one per gal) for appetizers including a Romaine and Rocket Lettuce salad, spicy Shrimp Tempura, and Gazpacho garnished with Jonah Crab Claw. After that we made sure to order a plate of their famous prime rib, while engaging in the best girl talk over a glass of their fine red wine. For dessert, our tongues were fancied with Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake, Tiramisu, and Key Lime Pie — we couldn't resist stealing bites from each other's plates!
The best part besides the food? The service! It.was.excellent.
Normal price range: $31 to $50
Overall rating by me: B+
Now this place has a different vibe from Al Biernat's — more modern, I guess? The crowd was younger (or at least that's what I noticed from their busy bar and lounge). Four of my girlfriends were apart of this party. We were seated in a back room that kind of reminded me of a hotel ballroom, not quite like the rest of the dining room as seen in the picture above, but it was still very fine in design. From the start, our palates were delighted by the crisp House Salad— Romaine and Spinach lettuce with Granny Smith apples, goat cheese, roasted walnuts, and Sherry Mustard vinaigrette. While most of the girls ordered their Petite Filet, I was prompted by the name of the restaurant (Ocean Prime) to order the Ginger Salmon. And last, but certainly not least, I cheated. Instead of ordering from the Restaurant Week menu for dessert, I decided to order off the main menu and requested their famous Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie — this one was a treat!
So there you have it — my experience at Restaurant Week | Dallas 2010.
Have you been a part of Restaurant Week in your city? If so, what did you enjoy most?