I’ve lived in Dallas long enough now that I’m starting to repeat some of my favorite restaurants from my first year. Yet there are soo many new ones to try! Last weekend, I did a little of both.
Matt and I stopped into the hip, new Remedy while we waited for a table across the street. The interior space was bright and clean, with the feel of upscale soda shop. We each ordered a cocktail, and then we couldn’t resist the jalapeño hush puppies. My drink, made with rye whiskey, pistachio and pumpkin seed orgeat (a sweet syrup), and cacao was to die for! Remedy makes their own sodas and syrups in a bunch of unique flavors, and my drink was perfectly balanced and really different from what I’m used to.
The hush puppies were pretty good, and the NC hot sauce butter even better.
Our dinner destination was The Blind Butcher, a meat-heavy eatery with fabulous drinks. We had been once before, but didn’t even make a dent in the menu. We were told it would be a 2 hour wait, but got the call that our table was ready not even 20 minutes later.
I splurged on another cocktail because it was made with pepper jelly, one of my very favorite things! I’m not normally a rum drinker, but I looooved this cocktail and savored it with our behemoth of a meat and cheese board. This one included cashew cheese, herb goat pub cheese, and honey ricotta, along with a few cured meats and pate. I enjoyed the variety of pairings – pickles, nuts, mustard, cauliflower, carrots, house-made chips, and chutney – because there were a million different combinations to create.
Matt somehow convinced me to skip a main course and get pork belly poutine to go with our meaty meal. While I was a little disappointed in the pork belly (it was more like think-cut ham as opposed to the melt-in-your mouth bacon-y belly you sometimes get), the gravy and fries were perfect! I was expecting a heavy Thanksgiving gravy, but it was a light apple flavored sauce that gave the dish some sweetness.
In an attempt to balance the first two items, we also got the hempster salad. It had a little too much dressing on it, which is hardly a complaint, but it was delicious overall.
Blind Butcher was just as good as I remember, although nothing beats the duck pastrami egg rolls we had on the first go-round. I have a feeling we’ll be back yet again!