I like Steven Doyle, but yesterday he ruined my world. Bongo’s Latin Grill is a funky dive on Northwest Highway across from Bachman Lake. The floor is covered with sand, there is a old boat in the middle of the space, and the friendly waitresses are dressed in red hot pants and skimpy shirts. The tacos are great, the margaritas are huge, and the spontaneous karaoke parties make you feel you are sitting in a seaside dive on the coast of Mexico. And I lived around the corner and they delivered food AND beer. Anywhoo, I wrote a review of the place for the February issue and sent a photographer to capture the essence of this spunky spot. But Doyle, also a fan, e-mailed me last night to tell me the place closed last Friday. I am crushed. My nieces are crying. I hate it when that happens.4 Comments »
Hat tip to a Frisco-driving Disher who sends word there is a “Coming Soon In-N-Out Burger” sign in the 2900 block of Preston Road in Frisco.1 Comment »
Working across the street from Stephan Pyles can be dangerous. Not only is the dining room one of Downtown’s best places to explore new flavors, but in fair weather the patio beckons with its breeze, bar service, and sidelong view of our mini urban streetscape. It’s a place where even lunch can feel new again, which is exactly what happened when I ventured into Stephan’s salad menu — for the first time — last week.
For the record, I’m not one of those crunchy peckers who wear their dietary restraint as a badge of honor. I’m an eater, and I order as such. But with the coming holidays in mind, I decided to change my tune for a day, err on the side of prudence, and order (sigh) a salad.
The waiter’s enthusiasm alone should have forewarned me that the house smoked salmon on toasted chipotle brioche with green lentils, Upland cress and yogurt-dill dressing ($14) would permanently change how I think about salmon, and salads for that matter. The dish, a layered deck of lightly smoked salmon atop brioche and lentils was velvety, savory, and not a bit restrained.
Unfortunately, I’d downed the whole thing before realizing I should have taken a picture. I promise to do so next time. Until then, give it a try and tell me what you think. Especially you, crunchy peckers. Technically it’s still a salad, so feel free to live a little.
Continuing in the weekly “Get Your Wine On” tasting series, The Grape Sommelier and General Manager, Courtney Luscher, teams with Loni Heyn, Republic Beverage Champagne Specialist, for a tasting of 5 different sparklers paired with light appetizers in the space next door to The Grape (the old Stoney’s location.) Cost is $25, and if you stick around for dinner at The Grape you’ll get 15% off your total bill. If you need to stock up on your holiday bubbly this is a great opportunity to try a few and find a new favorite. Tasting starts at 6, for reservations call 214-828-1981.
Tomorrow night Veritas Wine Roomwill be pouring one of my favorite Napa Valley reds, for free! Krupp Brothers, producers of Black Bart Syrah, Krupp Brothers Symphony and the incredible Advocate from Stagecoach Vineyard, will be featured for a free tasting from 5:30pm-8pm. The tasting will include 4 different Krupp Brothers wines with special pricing on bottle sales, as well as discounts on 6 bottle and case sales. Get there early, these tastings have become quite a hit with Veritas regulars.
Don’t forget to submit your favorite appetizer recipes in our Central Market Recipe Contest! Next Monday, we’ll announce the winner of the appetizer category, who will receive a $100 gift certificate to Central Market. In the meantime, check out some of your fellow foodies’ recipes and give ‘em a whirl in your own test kitchen.