Sneak Peek: Bailey’s Prime Plus Park Lane

img_0416Yes, somehow I am still getting invited to media lunches. And when there’s free food, I say, “bring it.” The latest one up is the oft-discussed Bailey’s Prime Plus Park Lane. The restaurant is enormous (12,000 square-feet). It is opening in September. It’s interior is different than the other location because it is more “female friendly,” explained Ed Bailey, who was in the house today when I was there. The colors are black, white, gold, and red, and there are trees in the middle of the dining room that have real leaves and branches but not real trunks. Yep, wrap your head around that. Or, just jump for pics of the food.

img_0408This is the shrimp cocktail. It is a nitrate and sulfite-free shrimp from the Gulf. It was served in a nifty, square-shaped chilled glass with house made c**ktail sauce and a dollup of horseradish. It tasted like shrimp cocktail. We loved it.

img_0409This is the almond crusted brie appetizer. Taste memory: mozzarella sticks from childhood, except way better. I made this comment aloud and Connie from Modern Luxury said, “well, that’s an interesting comparison.” What she was thinking was, “go back to Applebee’s, you no-palate-having pleb.” The triangle-shaped nuggets were served with strawberry/ginger/balsamic jam and marsala wine jelly. That jam was to die.

img_0410Salad time. This one is called “That Salad.” For real. It has blue cheese, Michigan cherries, and candied pistachios. The salad was created around the nuts because during tastings everyone would say “gimme gimme more of those nuts,” meaning the pistachios. So, they called it That Salad, because of “those nuts.” Got it? No? Moving on.

img_0413This is a little sampler plate of mains and sides. We tried the cowboy rib-eye, the filet, the jalapeno-crusted striped bass, oven-roasted taters, creamed spinach and creamed corn. The meat served at BPPPL is from Allan Brothers. It is wet-aged for 21–35 days. The corn was my favorite because they added some polenta, which made it creamier and fantastic.

img_0414This dish may or may not be on the menu when/if you eat at BPPPL. It is a purple Peruvian potato mash with a blue cheese cream sauce. They aren’t sure if it will sell. We all thought it was good but look at it–richer than Mr. Bailey himself. And oh yes, they will have baked potatoes, so LB will be happy.

img_04161For dessert, we tried the Bailey’s Boozy Hot Fudge Sundae, with Bailey’s ice cream, Belgian hot chocolate, Heath Bar crumbles, cherries, and almonds.  It tasted good. Real good.

img_0417Here are the toppings, served on the side, so that I could dump a whole bunch of chocolate and Heath Bar on there and make it more like eating a chocolate-covered Heath Bar with a side of ice cream than an ice cream sundae.

Last thoughts: The high ceilings, gold accents, and fake/real trees reminded me of Vegas, which is where Bailey got some of his inspiration. They are catering to ladies who lunch, they said, and I can see that crowd enjoying the lofty space (and it doesn’t hurt that the rest is right across the street from NorthPark). That is all.

13 comments on “Sneak Peek: Bailey’s Prime Plus Park Lane

  1. That’s the first pseudo-Eazy-E reference I’ve ever heard in a restaurant review. Kuddos.

  2. I encourage everyone to stop by and take a sneak peak. Words can not describe the decor…

  3. I’m finally a believer in the food. I actually made the trek out to Cedar Hill to try BPP because of all the bad-mouthing happening. But it was not what I expected. The service could not have been better, which is refreshing from some of the old school steakhouses out there. They didn’t miss a step with the food either. Steak was perfectly cooked and creamed corn was best I’ve ever had. We even had a lovely chat with the exec chef. All in all, I’m excited to try the new location.

  4. “cater to women” really? And they didn’t make it pink? The food looks great but tailoring a steak house to attract women and then promoting it as such just feels oggey…

  5. I’m also excited to try the new location, I’ve had nothing but delicious food and attentive service at BPP. For a lady, I like my steaks rare and often I find they are still overcooked. However, they nailed it and I’ll be happy to stop in the new one.

  6. I usually only consume about 800 calories a day but I certainly won’t be consuming them anywhere near Ed Bailey or his restaurants. Revolting.

  7. Is this “catering to women” like when a car salesman decides that a female customer just wants to know about cup holders and vanity mirrors?

  8. “For a lady I like my steaks rare.” Are you implying that ladies don’t like their steaks rare? That comment reeks of being written by a man.

  9. In attempting to also appeal to women, Bailey has designed the Park Lane restaurant to be different from traditional steakhouses. No dark paneling or low light. The interior, done in cream, gold and black accents, has numerous floor to ceiling windows bringing in lots of light. The decor makes it a brighter more cheerful space.