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6 Top Picks For KRLD Restaurant Week

August 10, 2011 6:00 AM

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(credit: Bailey's Prime Plus)

(credit: Bailey’s Prime Plus)

By June Naylor

More than 125 restaurants in the Dallas/Fort Worth will offer very special menus during Restaurant Week, August 15-21. Each will put together a fixed-price, three-course dinner for $35 per person, not including tax and tip. The drive is sponsored by KRLD and Central Market, among many supporters, and it benefits the North Texas Food Bank and the Lena Pope Home. There are lots of extras, too: Several of the restaurants will extend the menu and fundraising for a week or two; and most will offer an optional fourth course that is available for purchase or often for free when you present a special certificate that you’ve obtained at Central Market. The certificate is available when you make a purchase of $25 or more at any Central Market store.

All the menus are exceptional, because you really couldn’t eat this way at these places for this price at any other time. But I’m picking six places that are very high on my list this Restaurant Week season. You should consider these, too:

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Bailey’s Prime Plus

8160 Park Lane #130
Dallas, TX

131 East Stacy Road
Fairview, TX

2901 Crockett Street
Fort Worth, TX

Bailey’s Prime Plus has locations in Dallas, Fairview and Fort Worth, each as fancy yet friendly as the next. While this is definitely an elegant place to dine, don’t just think of it as a special-occasion place. Nobody says you can’t have a great steak on Wednesday, after all. I’ve seen people there in golf shirts and other casual dress plenty of times, and it’s just fine. From the RW menu, I’ve got a hankering for the lobster bisque, the black angus steak with cream cheese-infused potatoes and the pineapple upside down cake.

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(credit: Dragonfly, Hotel ZaZa)


2332 Leonard Street
Dallas, TX

Dragonfly is the chic restaurant inside the super-chic Hotel ZaZa in Dallas’ Uptown neighborhood. The new chef there is Dan Landsberg, who does a lovely job using locally procured ingredients. I’m having trouble deciding between RW items, such as Summer Gazpacho and Lemley Tomato Caprese salad in the first course; Grilled Cherry Cola Quail and Bay of Fundy Salmon in the second course; but I know I’m going for the crazy dessert called Who Put Their Peanut Butter in My Chocolate.

Eddie V’s

3100 West 7th Street
Fort Worth, TX

Eddie V’s puts more intriguing fish on a menu than anyplace around, as everyone knows. But you don’t have to love seafood to appreciate this stylish restaurant, which sets itself apart also with Allen Bros. steaks and live music nightly. The fourth course at Eddie Vs, an extra $12, is the Seared Georges Bank Sea Scallop with truffled chive whipped potatoes in a pinot noir reduction. I’m a big fan. You can also get a wine pairing option that brings your three-course dinner to $50 or four courses for $67. It’s a good deal.

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(credit: June Naylor)


3405 W 7th Street
Fort Worth, TX

Lanny’s Alta Cocina Mexicana offers its RW menu August 16-27, so you might as well go twice to get everything Lanny’s offering. I’m wild about his Acapulco-style ceviche with roasted tomato vinaigrette, the hoja santa-wrapped halibut with baby spinach, chorizo and white beans, and his assorted desserts, including the chocolate cheesecake made with goat cheese.

Wild Mushroom

1917 Martin Drive
Weatherford, TX

At the Wild Mushroom in Weatherford, Jerrett Joslin ramps up the offerings with a wine-pairing option that costs only an extra $20. He’s putting Parker County peaches into a Caesar salad, but you have to decide if that’s worth skipping the cucumber salad with tomatillos topped with pan-seared Maine diver sea scallop. Entrée choices include a rib eye with Serrano and red chiles; miso-ginger sea bass; and Moroccan chicken. Look for the menu to preview August 12-14 and extend through August 28.

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Fire Oak Grill

114 Austin Ave.
Weatherford, TX

Weatherford is blessed with yet another restaurant participating in RW. Fire Oak Grill will serve a special menu starting with potato leek soup with asiago cheese and smoked bacon or spinach salad with strawberries, candied pecans and blue cheese; continuing with bone-in pork chop or pan-seared butterfish; and a finish of either passion fruit panna cotta or smoked-almond cheesecake. Find this place in a historic building on the charming Parker County Courthouse Square.

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  • Dr. Umami

    Most of your list is spot on, with exception to Bailey’s. Bailey’s, in my opinion, has lost its luster ever since they got rid of Israel Voirin, who, before working as Executive Chef at Bailey’s, was the sous chef at Nick & Sam’s. Anyone who cooked with Samir Dhurandhar has mad skills, or at least learned them before leaving.

    I have six Restaurant Week reservations, and two are on this list – Lanny’s and Dragonfly. Lanny’s is set in a quaint old house in the Arts District in Fort Worth. I haven’t seen their menu for restaurant week, but if that veal sweetbreads tapas is on the menu, I’ll be in heaven, but of course EVERYTHING is stellar at Lanny’s. Lanny is an impressive young chef, and his roots go deep in the Fort Worth culinary scene. Dragonfly had some amazing dishes last year during Restaurant Week, and I hope they live up to last year’s menu. I chose the wild game route last year – New Zealand Red Stag and quail if I recall – and they were amazing.

    Weatherford? Isn’t that like 45 minutes to an hour west of Fort Worth? Well, I wish them luck.

    I wish you would have listed The Place at Perry’s and Rathbun’s Blue Plate. Both are palate pleasers, plus they both use Niman Ranch meats, which is the epitome of quality meat, with a conscience.

    • SJ

      Bailey’s Prime Plus, is one of the Best steak houses around! The ambiance is classy, sophisticated and chic.
      Steaks are always cooked to perfection, the side dishes are outstanding. Oh and the desserts are to die for!

      • Dr. Umami

        LOL… OK. At least you’re right about the ambiance and decor.

    • C Bauer

      Niman Ranch is the pinnacle of meats. You should read their protocols online – truly caring operation. BTW – big FYI here – I found Niman products at the Sprouts in Southlake. I’ve never been able to find them anywhere in the metroplex until now.

    • JCooper

      I beg to differ. Bailey’s Prime is better than ever! We went a couple of weeks ago and our meal was exceptional. Plus, their restaurant week menu looks amazing!!! Maybe you should give Bailey’s another shot, Dr. Umami.

  • mm

    Wow, it’s almost as if Channel 11 is based in Fort Worth, or something.

  • Sheri

    Actually, Weatherford is only 20 minutes from downtown Fort Worth. And anyone who hasn’t been to Parker County recently is missing out on some top-quality restaurants.

    • DDT

      LOL. 20 minutes if you’re speeding on a Hayabusa.

  • Judson A. Vandiver

    Canary. Period.

    • Dr. Umami

      Canary on Montfort? Yes.

  • Lance

    Bailey’s should not be anyones top 6 list. It is a very genric/below average steakhouse.

    • CSB

      It’s a Sizzler with a silk hat.

  • jason

    wild mushroom is worth the drive to Weatherford for sure!

    • Dr. Umami

      OK. I’ll take your word on that. I have seven RW reservations now.

  • mkfm

    Correction to my earlier comment… Grant Morgan prepared a James Beard foundation dinner. Here is the announcement:

    • Dr. Umami

      Jesus Christ, how many chefs has Bailey’s gone through?!? First Oona, then Izzy, then whoever that hack from Coast Global was, then WHOEVER (I forgot again), now this person? That’s AT LEAST five chefs. Maybe the problem is Bailey’s is a corporate-run restaurant, rather than a chef-inspired operation. NO THANKS!

  • Chris Hansen

    What’s PRIME PLUS? Prime is the highest beef grade you can get in this country. Is Bailey’s getting Kobe from Japan instead of from Chicago’s Allen Brothers now?

    • Dr. Umami

      No. If that were the case, the steaks would be over $200. Nick and Sam’s, Nobu, and a couple of others has Japanese Kobe at over $30 AN OUNCE.

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