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Reader Reviews: DFW Restaurant Week 2014

DAY SIXTEEN:  Hello? Is anybody out there participating in DFW Restaurant Week? If you are, you are not writing about your experiences. Give us some feedback.

If you haven’t made reservations, here is the list of participating restaurants.  In case you need a refresher: DFW Restaurant Week (almost a month for some restaurants) offers special three-course prix fixe dinners for either $35 or $45, or the Cadillac Lunch Experience which features three-course lunches for just $25, at select locations. Twenty (20) percent from each meal purchased will be donated to one of the charity partners Lena Pope and the North Texas Food Bank. Some will participate until August 31.

Each day you will find a DFW Restaurant Week 2014 Reader Review post on SideDish. Please share your various restaurant experiences. I also encourage you to tip your servers generously and if they go over and above their normal duties, which they are doing already, take down their names, snap a photo and send them to me. Each Friday, I will post SideDish Server of the Week.

  • Francesca

    Pappa’s Brothers Steakhouse was excellent. The portions are large and delicious. Our server assistant was the best person on the team. He was very attentive more than the server. Overall it was wonderful.

  • Ann Gaspari

    OK – you finally got to me. Here are my reviews for the 3 restaurants I went to over the last weeks:
    1. San Salvaje – very good food, made me want to go back and try the regular menu. Service a bit rushed, but it seemed as if most people were ordering the RW menu. Beautiful decor.
    2. Belly and Trumpet. Food very good – especially the Branzino fish entree. They did only RW menu, so couldn’t compare with regular. Very nice service,too. Would go back.
    3. The Grape – this old stand-by was my favorite. RW menu had lots of choices, we got the Central Market 4th course, which was great. We liked everything, especially the peach cake. Our server, Matthew was particularly good. Watched him interact with other customers.
    In general, there weren’t too many places we wanted to try that were on the list. The Grape was packed, though, and I hope RW was a big success for the North Texas Food Bank.

  • rauldallas

    Is it weird that people aren’t writing reviews? What’s up with that? I didn’t participate this year mostly because it snuck up on me and I didn’t get it together in time to get plan it out.

  • Bill

    I think a lot of people are bored with the whole RW. I skipped it the few years

  • Greg Brown

    I’m beginning to wonder if whole Restaurant Week/Month dea has simply run out of steam. It has been going on for 17 years. During that time, restaurants have really stepped up with sponsoring a wide range of charities (Stew Pot Alliance, Chef’s for Farmers, Cafe Momentum, etc.) to the point that RW has become one of many, instead of one of a few, restaurant-oriented charities. Chefs have much more say over the contributions and activities with their personal charities than something that is foisted upon them once a year. Additionally, KRLD no longer sponsors this event and with that, a loss of a lot of advertising. But most importantly, many restaurants now have “small plates” on the menu that allow a sampling of the Chef’s skills at very reasonable price levels throughout the year. I believe the void that RW once filled is slowly shrinking into irrelevance.

  • Greg Brown

    I’m beginning to wonder if whole Restaurant Week/Month idea has simply run out of steam. It has been going on for 17 years. During that time, restaurants have really stepped up with sponsoring a wide range of charities (Stew Pot Alliance, Chef’s for Farmers, Cafe Momentum, etc.) to the point that RW has become one of many, instead of one of a few, restaurant-oriented charities. Chefs have much more say over the contributions and activities with their personal charities than something that is foisted upon them once a year. Additionally, KRLD no longer sponsors this event and with that, a loss of a lot of advertising. But most importantly, many restaurants now have “small plates” on the menu that allow a sampling of the Chef’s skills at very reasonable price levels throughout the year. I believe the void that RW once filled is slowly shrinking into irrelevance.

  • Greg Brown

    Headed to San Salvaje in a few minutes. Looking forward to it. Have had good experiences at Dallas Fish Market, Stephan Pyles and Belly & Trumpet. Dallas Fish Market was packed and service dragged on to three hours, but it was the day after the Chop House fire so lots of folks had had their reservations shuffled down there. Stephan Pyles was wonderful as usual…and on a quiet Monday, service was perfectly paced. I really enjoyed Belly & Trumpet. Hadn’t ever been there, but will be back. Great service, delicious food and spot-on wine pairings.

    I am not sure people are “over” Restaurant Week. I just think that the dining scene in Dallas is so rich and accessible that lots more folks are dining at these places regularly rather than looking for a special opportunity like RW. I have fun making a round of reservations and then letting friends fill in when available. Creates some wonderful combinations of dining partners.

    And while KRLD is not a named sponsor, I have still heard plenty of ads on their station.

    I can understand if people feel it needs a tweak or two, but still glad to support it, have some wonderful meals and make a little money for NTFB.

  • Greg Brown

    You would think that two Greg Brown’s could at least stick to the same story. 😉

  • Brian Heitman

    Typically in the past we enjoyed at least 5 or more restaurants. Not sure why this year has been so slow, maybe because our friends are not inviting us. (Did we do something wrong?) We have already been to Eddie V’s. The restaurant is wonderful inside, the food was nice, The bar seemed like I would enjoy it after work, and being just a few blocks from home this could have become a new favorite. But once our waiter was asked for RW menus, his attitude towards us changed dramatically, to the point he was nearly dropping our drinks with a “clunk” on the table. We won’t be back. We would rather go to the Mansion, and if we are up for drive and that country club feel we will go to Lawry’s. Both excellent service during RW and all the time!