Come on Gay List boys and girls, it’s that time of year again! Sing along!
Over the river and through the woods to Gaymother’s house we go. The horse knows the way to carry the fey, even light-in-the-loafers Joe. Oh!
Once we get there, we’ll feast on all the traditional gay holiday staples: vodka, cranberry juice and a box of laxatives so we’ll fit into our new $300 skinny, skinny jeans. But our favorite part will be sitting around a bonfire fueled by donated copies of Going Rogue, sharing what we’re thankful for.
This year, more than puppy kisses, dismissed lawsuits and Glee, we’re thankful for Dish. And to steal a concept from Elizabeth Barrett Browning, let us count the ways.
1. Location. For far too long, the Cedar Springs strip has been lacking one thing: a chic dining experience. A little over a week ago, Dish opened its doors at ilume and with God as our witness, we’ll never have to eat late-night Panda’s again.
2. Design. Walk through the doors, just past the large, gorgeous patio, and a stylish, sophisticated space awaits, as inviting as it is stunning. The lighting here is the star of the show and colors change depending on the time of day, almost as quickly as our taste in CW hotties.
3. Cocktails. The witty personality of Dish is first apparent the moment you glance at the cocktail list. Drinks like the Kiss & Tell (the only Amaretto drink we’ve ever enjoyed) and the not-too-sweet Strawberry Basil Margarita (on the rocks!) helped loosen us up for our first-ever taste of a Pink Taco (a yummy tequila drink).
4. Food. Glorious food. The attention to detail and whimsical touches (cone-shaped mashed potatoes with the evening special!) are what will keep us coming back again and again. Delicately thin-and-crispy flatbreads are a great starter to share or more than enough for a satisfying meal.
On the salad front, the Beef Caesar is a nice riff on the classic with the addition of Harris Ranch flat iron steak, portobello mushrooms and olives. But it’s the Cobb Martini Salad that’ll turn heads. Shaken tableside in a giant clear martini shaker, the concoction of shredded romaine, bleu cheese, eggs and grape tomatoes (neither are listed in the description), grapes, chicken, cucumbers and apple smoked bacon is just plain fun (and downright scrumptious). But don’t worry, they serve it in a bowl. Had they opted for presenting it in a martini glass, the joke would have gone too far. Bravo for restraint.
For entrées, try one of our two favorites: fly-off-the-bone BBQ Braised Short Ribs atop Lucky Layla mashed potatoes, or seared-to-sainthood-status Jumbo Sea Scallops. The gigantic sea morsels were perched around pearl cous cous and in the middle a poached egg waited to have its yolk broken, the final component necessary to create a delicate sauce with the pan drippings, fresh herbs and other delectable flavors on the plate.
Desserts are all winners (and yes, we tried them all). But it was the Fresh Warm Apple Cobbler (fruits change seasonally) with Mexican vanilla bean ice cream that had us doing the happy dance. Spongy, almost soufflé-light crust and bite-size apple chunks melded together in one decadent disc of deliciousness.
5. People. From the hosts at the front door to the servers’ assistants, the restaurant already runs like a well-oiled machine, amazing for its short time on this earth. Service is attentive, but not obtrusive, and the servers all seem to know the menu well. Ask to be seated with Mr. Dashing Dimples himself, Brian (with an “i”), and you’ll be treated right.
Dish does so much so well that we’ve got a serious foodie crush because we’re genuinely impressed and happy to have them in the ’hood.
Happy Hour Weekdays 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., $3 off liquor drinks
DJ Corey Craig this Friday, November 27, 10:00 p.m.
4123 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas
(Inside ilume development)
(214) 522-DISH (3474)