It’s Dallas, so naturally we have a love affair with cows. And no, we don’t mean a Jerry Springer kinda love. It’s more a they-sure-taste-great-with-a-side-of-potatoes kinda way. That’s why there’s a steakhouse on every other corner, and a vegan crying on the ones in between.
We’re definitely not sobbing, because we love a great steak. Yet do we really need another steakhouse in this town? After visiting the chic new Bailey’s Prime Plus at the bustling Park Lane development across 75 from NorthPark Center, we’re happy to answer an enthusiastic yes.
The extravagant space, which celebrates its grand opening tonight, is unlike any traditional steakhouse we’ve been to recently. Gone are the dark wood walls, deep red carpeting and windowless caves of other dining rooms. Here, modern art mixes with bright gold accents, and crisp white linens. There’s plenty of natural light and in the center of the main dining room, a water feature complete with trees that form interesting shadow patterns on the ceiling from the rippling water below.
We’re not wild about the fake theme-park trees, but we also know that leaves raining down into our wine glasses wouldn’t make us happy, either. So we’ll let it slide.
As expected, the steaks here are excellent, with many prime cuts of beef available. But it was the non-prime, 10-ounce Center Cut Filet Mignon that had us giggling with delight as the blood dripped down our faces. (Nice visual, huh.)
Creamed Corn was a pleasant surprise, as were the Purple Mashed Potatoes. It hadn’t yet been decided if these will make the final menu, but they’re delicious despite their odd Willy Wonkaness, so we hope they make the cut.
Bailey’s is a great destination, even if you’ve already eaten dinner. The gorgeous bar is like a small nightclub that just happens to be attached to a restaurant. Stunning stained glass panels and comfortable seating make this a place we could hang out for hours and enjoy some other prime meat. His name is Levi. He works the bar. And he’s hot. Like a warm, decadent dessert without the calories. Call us, baby. You’ve got our number.
Sorry for that, but times are tough and our Manhunt account has gone to collections. We’ve gotta work it where we can, so why not in a restaurant review. Oh, and we’ve also got a 1982 lime green Celica we’re trying to sell in case you’re interested.
Bailey’s Prime Plus
8160 Park Lane, Dallas
It’s Pride Week
It’s Pride Week and there’s certainly no shortage of ways to celebrate. Here are a few of our faves:
Southern Fried Pride
Tonight at Central 214, naughty chef (and fab fag hag) Blythe Beck will be cooking up some fried goodness to celebrate Pride – all to benefit Youth First Texas. Come by The Palomar 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. to join the fun. $20 donation suggested.
Pre-Pride @ Victory Park
On Friday (7:00 – 9:00 p.m.), get the weekend started at the annual Pre-Pride Party in Victory Park. Free cocktails, live DJ and lots of pretty people. What’s not to love?
Get schooled in Pride 101 at Gay Bingo, this month with a University theme. This event is a hit month-after-month, but Saturday’s games should be particularly high-energy for Pride weekend. Buy your tickets in advance at www.rcdallas.org.
While it’s a little obvious for us to be telling you about, our list of Pride Weekend faves wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Sunday’s parade and festivities.