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Wining and Dining with Jim White February 11, 2011

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More Valentine’s Day Treats

As fast as my fingers will fly (I was busy getting you flowers, see? XOXOXOXO).

Here are some restaurants to consider with Valentine’s dining specials.  In no particular order…..

Ristorante Nicola and Nicola’s Ristorante Italiano are offering special Valentine’s dinners.  Mama Mia!  That’s amore!

Trece–214-780-1900

Villa-O, 214-780-1880

Rafain offers a couples special $90 for all 16 cuts of meat, salads, special desserts, and a glass of wine.  Call 972-733-1110

Pappas Bros. Steakhouse with a special $59.95 per person Valentine’s menu through Valentine’s. And a rose on Valentine’s Day. Call 214-366-2000

Nana in the Hilton anatole, has a special four-course menu for $99 per person that includes a glass of Moet & Chandon Rose Imperial Champagne. Early seating begins at 5:30 and hotel special rates. Call 214-761-7470.

The new digs opening February 24th

Say goodbye to Morton’s Dallas downtown. Valentine’s weekend is it for the iconic steakhouse. They will be closing their doors afterthe last Valentine’s Day diner is served, and opening their brand new Uptown location on February 24th, at 2222 McKinney (this is where Grotto was for about 20 minutes–across from the Ritz-Carlton). Phone 214-741-2277 for Valentine’s res. The number will stay the same.

Oh, speaking of the Grotto (the original and real Grotto), Morris Salerno’s popular spot in Highland Village has a special Valentine’s menu with music. Call 972-318-0515.

Remember, tickets to Savor Dallas will increase your love quotient exponentially.  Extend the romance and join the fun March 18th and 19th.  It’s something you both will enjoy.

Scroll down for previous Valentine’s suggestions posted a couple of days ago.  And, for some great Valentine’s wine suggestions, and the secret to pairing chocolate with wine, read on!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Savor the Flavor with Jim White, The Wining and Dining Guy June 14, 2010

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“Any man can be a father.  It takes someone special to be a Dad.”

Not sure to whom goes attribution on that salient message. It hits home, though, no matter who first said the words.  Father’s Day, June 20th, is getting first-class treatment in some top establishments. Here is an interesting, but by no means definitive listing.  We’ll add more as we receive them.

Charlie Palmer at the Joule is doing some tasty sounding pairings made with and paired with beer.  What could be better than a beer and a Brat (as in Bratwurst)?  Bratwurst and braised white beans highlights the appetizers section on the full Dad’s Day menu offered below:

Appetizer Specials

BEEF TARTARE

HERB AIOLI / CELERY CROSTINI

SHINER BOCK BRATWURST

BRAISED WHITE BEANS

Entree Specials

ALASKAN KING CRAB

PAULANER MUSTARD PAN SAUCE

KUROBUTA PORK CHOP

BLACK PEPPER SPAETZLE / FAT TIRE GLAZE

Dessert Specials

GUINNESS CHOCOLATE STOUT

GUINNESS ICE CREAM/ DARK CHOCOLATE CAKE

Featured beer: Estrella Damm 750 L

Charlie Palmer at The Joule
1530 Main Street
Dallas, TX 75201, Tel: 214.261.4600

Rafain Brazilian Steakhouse is offering a “Dad deserves more than one steak” promotion.  Of course, their menu features the multitude of great Churrascaria style meats, as well as pork and chicken treats and the salad bar that goes on for days.  They are featuring a lunch special for $35 and a dinner special on the sumptuous spread for $32 (not valid with gift certificates or other offers).  Limited seating, so call for reservations: 972-733-1110.

Rafain Brazilian Steakhouse
18010 N. Dallas Parkway
Dallas, TX 75287

Similar treatment, and equally tasty Churrascaria, is available in Grapevine at Boi Na Braza for $37.99 on Father’s Day.

Boi Na Braza

4025 William D. Tate

Grapevine, Texas 76051, 817-251-9881

Master Chef Morris Salerno knows how to make fancy cookin’ taste down home and dazzling all at the same time.  His ever popular The Grotto Restaurant in Highland Village is offering a prime peppered New York Strip with a brandy cream sauce served with asparagus and cottage fries that is making my mouth water just thinking about it!  It’s $22.50 and just one of the Father’s Day specials at the restaurant.

The Grotto

2300 Highland Village Road, Suite 500

Highland Village, TX 75077

Call 972-318-0515

Or, if dad is into Italian, take him to family style Salerno’s in Flower Mound.  One of their Father’s Day specials is a 10 ounce tenderloin with sauteed mushrooms in a Burgundy sauce with veggies and a baked potato for $28.95.

Salerno’s Italian Restaurant
3407 Long Prairie Road
Flower Mound, TX  75077
972-539-9534

Regular menu available at both locations on Father’s Day.

If Dad is a “Beef! It’s what’s for dinner!” at home kinda guy…

Then, the godfather of Texas Cowboy Cookin’, Tom Perini, from Perini Ranch in Buffalo Gap has a solution:  his enormously popular mesquite smoked peppered beef tenderloin.  They’ll deliver dinner to dad’s doorstep.  All you have to do is supply the fixin’s and his beverage of choice.  This product won the Fancy Foods “best of show” category about 15 years ago in New York and put Perini’s on the map.  People all over the world order this tenderloin like it’s going out of style (it isn’t, thankfully).   Tom was chuckwagon choice for the Bush W. White House.  His cookbook “Texas Cowboy Cooking” (with forward by Robert Duvall) is a perennial best seller.  He’s been honored at “Savor Dallas” with the Lone Star “Culinary Award” in 2006.  All the accolades aside, it’s damn good beef.  Check it out online or by phone at the link above, or for the real deal in person:  Visit Perini Ranch Steakhouse in Buffalo Gap.   Named one of America’s “Best Rural Restaurants” by Gourmet Magazine in 2004.  The popular establishment is only about 3 hours west of DFW outside of Abilene.  They’ll bring you all the good peppered tenderloin you want, plus a full menu of steaks and other great entrées.   Plus great country side dishes like Green Chile Hominy, Cowboy Potatoes and Zucchini Perini.  Dine on a working cattle ranch and enjoy a taste of the real West at Perini Ranch.  They even throw a big city style wine and food event every April called the Buffalo Gap Wine and Food Summit. Big names in the industry and lots of hungry, thirsty folks make the annual trek.  We’ve been a few times ourselves.  It’s the best way to have oak with your wine, as the late, great Fess Parker used to say.  Outside under the stars sippin’ wine under the Live Oaks at Perini Ranch.

Side note about Buffalo Gap:  Had it not been for a little railroad re-routing way back when, it would have been the big city in the Big Country and Abilene would have been an afterthought. Buffalo Gap is an interesting historical slice of Texas and offers features some great local artists, in addition to some pretty darn good dining.

Savor the Flavor with Jim White, The Wining and Dining Guy May 5, 2010

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Here’s “news you can use” about Mother’s Day Brunches–

Bolla Restaurant at the Stoneleigh Hotel, 11am – 2:30pm, three-course Prix Fix menu, $36 for adults ($48 including Champagne or Mimosas) and $18 for children.  Reservations: 214-871-7111 or reservations@stoneleighhotel.com.

Cadot Restaurant, 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.  $38.95 per person.  Multi course and dessert.  18111 Preston Road, #120 Dallas, Texas 75252, 972-267-5700.

Central 214 at the Hotel Palomar, Price is $47.00 per person or $22.00 for children, 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. 5680 North Central Expwy. at Mockingbird Lane Dallas, TX 75206 – 214.443.9339.

Charlie Palmer at the Joule, 11am – 3pm  Brunch and 5pm – 9pm  Dinner, $75pp / $35 children. 1530 Main Street, Dallas, TX 75201, 214-261-4600.

Craft, Dallas, 11 a.m. until 2:30.  $45 per person.  Located in W Dallas – Victory at 2440 Victory Park Lane Dallas, TX 75219.  214.397.4111.

Dali Wine Bar & Restaurant, 11:30 until 2:30 p.m.  $38 per person.  469-385-9360.  In One Arts Plaza downtown.  1722 Routh St.

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra is offering a package featuring Mother’s Day brunch at Opus Restaurant in the Meyerson Symphony Center, followed by a performance of the DSO with Ravel’s Ma Mère ľOye–Mother Goose–how appropriate!  Special pricing begins at $55 per person and ranges to $78 per person and includes brunch and a ticket to the symphony performance.  For more information contact 214-871-4550.  Or email:  groups@dalsym.com.

The Grotto, Adults $32.50, Seniors $24.95, Children $11.95, 6 and Under Free, 972-318-0515 or email morris@thegrottotonight.com.  2300 Highland Village Road, Suite 500, Highland Village, TX.

Kirby’s Steakhouse – 11:30 a.m. until 10 p.m., Southlake, DFW Airport North, 3305 E. Hwy 114, Southlake, TX 76092, (817) 410-2221.

Orion Ballroom, 10 a.m until 3 p.m. 400 South Zang Street 15th Floor Dallas, Texas 75208.  214-942-1661. Or, brunch@theorionballroom.com.

Steve Fields Steak and Lobster Lounge is featuring regular menu and specials all day.  Call 972-596-7100 for information and reservations.  5013 W. Park Blvd, Plano 75093.

Trece, brunch and children under 15 dine free.  4513 Travis St., 214-780-1900.

Villa-O, brunch and children under 15 dine free.  4514 Travis St.,  214-780-1880.

Other happenings–

Of course, it’s Cinco de Mayo.  Trece hosts one of the biggest parties around starting at 4 p.m. with music, dancing, eating, and of course, Margaritas!

A great benefit for the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center happens tomorrow (Thursday May 6) poolside at Hotel ZaZa.  It’s “PJ for PJ’s”.  Bring a pair of pajamas and a $25 donation to help a kid and sip delicious Perrier Jouët poolside.  Get it?  PJ for PJ’s.  Fun.  5:30 til 7:30 at the “Urban Oasis” at Hotel ZaZa, 2332 Leonard St.

Send us your wining and dining news:  jim@savordallas.com.

Cheers!

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