Reservations are coming in for the DFW Restaurant Week 2016. And because festivals are so hot right now (I mean, DFDubs is all about its food festivals), and because everything is so hot right now because it’s so DAMN HOT OUT RIGHT NOW… DFW Restaurant Week has added a festival of its own to the hullabaloo.
Last weekend was the first annual DFWRWF&WF. That’s the Dallas/Fort Worth Restaurant Week Food & Wine Festival, for those of you who don’t speak acronym. On Friday and Saturday night, live music, and food down in Main Street Garden in Downtown Dallas kicked off the DFW Restaurant Week 2016 festivities in a whole new way. The Big Bad Voodoo Daddies and the band Magic were there on each night, respectively, to help celebrate.
In other good news: Restaurant week finally got a new logo!! OMG Weird Art Deco Man is dead! DING DONG! Unfortunately, the website is still a bit of a hot mess. Allow me to help you sort through what’s what.
Speaking of… back to what matters. Food. Let’s talk about THE LISTS and what’s worth your time and money this year, shall we? Get out your Open Table app and/or cell phones and let’s make some effing reservations.
NOTE: Central Market is an unsung hero of RW.
Visit CM (a little slice of heaven to shop in with or without twins in tow, and no, they do NOT pay my ass to say so), spend at least $25 (like that’s hard) and get a Fourth Course certificate for each $25 you spend. Spend $50, get two certs. Spend $100, get four. Spend $45? You’ll probably still get two of ’em. They’re nice like that. Those certificates get you — yep, you guessed it — a fourth course at your Restaurant Week dinner meal. Voila!
Dates to know:
- Preview Weekend is August 12-14: advance “preview” dining at select restaurants
- DFW Restaurant Week 2016 is August 15-21, though many restaurants will extend through Aug. 28 or even Sept. 4
Let’s not forget that Restaurant Week is FOR CHARITY. Yes, you get a meal and yes, you pay for it, but money from every single meal is donated to either the North Texas Food Bank or Lena Pope, and the participating restaurants do not have to participate. It’s hard work for the restaurants and at the same time there are lots of diners who are spending their hard-earned money and rare nights out during these weeks. Let’s not lose perspective. But yeah, I’m still going to rank their asses.
UPDATED FOR 2016: RESTAURANT WEEK RESTAURANTS DIVIDED INTO OH YEAH!, SOLID MAYBE, LET’S LUNCH! MEH and NOPE!
The following are in somewhat alphabetical order, scored completely unapologetically.
Meaning, if there are reservations left, open up that Open Table app and SNAG, BABY, SNAG!
Barley & Board
Lonesome Dove (If you’re into that whole Fort Worth thing)
The Mansion on Turtle Creek (A bit overrated, sure, but it’s still The Mansion)
Nonna (One of the city’s best)
Pappas Bros. (One of the top steaks in Dallas can be had here.)
Proof + Pantry
I recommend these restaurants for the $20 Cadillac lunch option rather than dinner, due to value mostly.
Del Frisco’s Grille(s) (Because fancy lunch is totes fun)
DISH Preston Hollow (Seriously, this would be a good time to grab that lunch reservation)
Fixture Kitchen & Social Lounge
Front Room Tavern (Yup, another likely solid lunch option)
Lavendou (Never been! Gasp!)
Morton’s The Steakhouse
Sissy’s Southern Kitchen
These restaurants will do for any old date night. Perhaps if you haven’t been in, Restaurant Week may be a good opportunity to try them out.
Black Ship Little Katana
Dallas Chop House
Dallas Fish Market
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, Dallas & Plano
Nick & Sam’s Steakhouse (Been before for RW… it was just okay…)
Origin (Maybe, but probably not)
Paul Martin’s American Grill (New Kid On The Block)
Perry’s Steakhouse & Grill (Pork chops)
Pink Magnolia ($45?)
Pyramid (menu looks solid)
Silver Fox (I know nothing of these foxes but they sound like they have money and want to buy me drinks…)
Trinity at the Tower Club
Vicini (menu looks good but it’s in Frisco)
These places just aren’t blowing my bitchy little skirt up.
Arthur’s Prime Steaks & Sea Food (Sea Food? Two words? Is Arthur making jokes?)
Cadot (I thought it closed…)
Canary by Gorji (This guy is the most persistent chef in town.)
Dragonfly (Over it.)
Grace (I saw them firsthand size down RW desserts over regular diners’. BOO and HISS.)
Kenny’s (Not for $45, dudes.)
Nick & Sam’s Grill (Not sure the $45 was the right choice for the Grill…)
Nobu Dallas (Do you like prom? You will feel like you’re about to go to prom, while you’re at Nobu. Not in a good way.)
Saint Ann ($45? Noooooo thanks.)
St. Martin’s Wine Bistro (I’m not impressed by this place’s oldness.)
State & Allen
These spots are not special enough, too far away (sorry, Roanoake), not a good value at $35, maybe even laughable at $45, or just not up to snuff, period.
Al Biernat’s (Let’s just say we have a history)
Boi Na Braza (Huh?)
Bistecca (Highland Village you are Oklahoma)
Carso Mediterranean Steak & Seafood
Carvao Prime Brazillian Steakhouse
The Classic at Roanoake (Because Roanoake)
Ferrari’s (I think that’s Italian for “nope!”)
Ivy Kitchen (winner for most boring RW menu ever, btw)
Kirby’s (What’s that Southlake? I can’t hear you all the way over here in Dallas.)
Mac’s on Main (See above, replace Southlake with Grapevine.)
Max’s Wine Dive(s) (Sorry, it’s purely a value prop issue)
The Melting Pot (Same answer)
Mercat Bistro (Again, nothing against Mercat, but it’s just not going to make sense, especially for $45 PremiumWHAAA?)
Mercury Chop House (Too far for somewhere I’ve never heard of.)
Meso Maya (Love you bunches but not a value)
Michael’s Cuisine (FortWorthSaysWhat?)
Nola Grill (Nola Idea what that is)
One2One (Way too far and the name sounds like a boy band. Not appetizing.)
Prime Farm to Table
Public School 214 (It’s a value thang, babydoll.)
Ruth’s Chris (Restaurant Week ain’t prom, y’all. Leave your boutonniere at home.)
Sambuca (…is for cougars. That’s all.)
Seasons 52 (Value issues)
Stratos (Sorry but that’s got to be a joke, yes?)
Texas de Brazil
Twelve Stones (It might cost me $45 for the gas just to get to Flower Mound and back…)
Woodlands (not high-end enough…)
Yellow Rose Steak and Chophouse
You came here for my opinion, yes? For a little guidance? Well, there you have it. I’m happy to have you leave yours in the comments. I promise to read each and every one.