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Food Feedback Friday

FoodFeedback Happy Friday. Tell us where you ate this week. Better yet, tell us where you tend to dine alfresco this weekend. The name of the restaurant only. Keep the rest of the info to yourself (or send me an email).  Last week, you ate like good little piggies and reported on Kenny’s Wood Fired Grill.Mi Dia from Scratch, AF+B, Zoli’s, CrushCraft,  Sol de Luna, Mr. Wok, and The Grape.

  • Trace

    Two nice treats this week:

    Very pleased to have made it to Justin Box’s pop-up dinner. He is a great talent with an impressively broad set of skills. The chive sponge cake was a creative complement to a huge slab of pork belly. The quail was fabulous. My favorite, surprisingly to me, was the vanilla and butternut squash empanadas that were dessert. The crust on these was perfect.

    The venue — Wineposte — was terrific as well. The folks there deserve a shout out for setting a great tone to the evening.

    More mainstream was a dinner at True Foods Kitchen. Think Sundown meets University Park. Competitive dinning of mellow health food. Getting a table is a contact sport, but the food is pretty worth the loud, boisterous ambiance. Clean, creative dishes that make you feel good after eating, The house soda was a gem that taught me that ordering a beer or a wine can be a same-old-same-old rut.

  • Greg Brown

    Casa Rubia’s James Beard nomination is well-earned. We went early on a Thursday night and watched the audience grow. We had a meat and a cheese tray that were just super. We also had two small plates that were equally superb.

  • Michael Merriman

    This week: Tei Tei, Nobu, CBD Provisions and Casa Rubia. 4 restaurants in 4 days.

    Tei Tei: Almost always perfect service, likewise with the food quality. The highlight this week was the 5 oz Miyazaki Steak. At an A5 beef quality, you know you’re getting the very best in the world. Nice Arabashiri sake by the glass.

    Nobu:Omakaze with our favorite chef. Uni shooter and KSM always delight, with a little beet marinated salmon and oysters done 3 ways (with a dry ice smoke effect spilling over them from the center) and unreal super-toro with black truffle. This last dish paired especially well with the Old Vine Chenin Blanc (no plug intended).

    CBD Provisions: A casual setting, it struck me as fancy Tex-Mex, although it’s more than that of course. The goat pie and the pork shoulder were rich and spicy. The pickled veggies are hard to get out of the jar (dump them on a plate). The wine list is minimal, but there’s a nice Soter 2011 on the list.

    Casa Rubia: Inventive tapas. We ordered 90% of the menu for our table of 4. The mushrooms with the poached egg in the middle we actually ordered twice, it was so good. The lamb stomach was rich and fabulous, the only weak spot was the shrimp in garlic sauce. A little too far removed from the original for my taste, but maybe that’s just me. The best sherry list in town, and a wine list showcasing the different regions within Spain.

    Happy eating!

  • rvponders

    Finally made the trek out to AF+B – phenomenal food, may be the best Consilient outpost yet. The chorizo scotch eggs barely survived long enough for me to snap a picture. The chili was too sweet and not spicy enough for my taste – I can tell the ingredients were high quality, just not what I was expecting. The biscuits soft, light, fluffy, creamy and just slightly peppery, and the fried chicken was so good we made sure to bring some home so we could devour properly without shame. The lamb saddle was just all right – not bad, but other entree items so strong I probably won’t order again. I’ve had better elsewhere (though the farro that came with the lamb was great) – I think too much salt and not enough herbs. But the best was last – no wonder Lauryl Wimberg was named one of the chefs to watch for 2014. Cannot say enough good things about the coffee toffee apple pudding. It’s actually very similar to an Indian dessert, which may be why I liked it so much. But it was sweet without being overwhelmingly so and the apples had a strong balance of chewiness and crunch.

  • rvponders

    Finally made the trek out to AF+B – phenomenal food, may be the best Consilient outpost yet. The chorizo scotch eggs barely survived long enough for me to snap a picture. The chili was too sweet and not spicy enough for my taste – I can tell the ingredients were high quality, just not what I was expecting. The biscuits soft, light, fluffy, creamy and just slightly peppery, and the fried chicken was so good we made sure to bring some home so we could devour properly without shame. The lamb saddle was just all right – not bad, but other entree items so strong I probably won’t order again. I’ve had better elsewhere (though the farro that came with the lamb was great) – I think too much salt and not enough herbs. But the best was last – no wonder Laurel Wimberg was named one of the DFW.com chefs to watch for 2014. Cannot say enough good things about the coffee toffee apple pudding. It’s actually very similar to an Indian dessert, which may be why I liked it so much. But it was sweet without being overwhelmingly so and the apples had a strong balance of chewiness and crunch. She got me to eat prunes, people. Prunes!