**Just a note for those of you unfamiliar with Dallas Restaurant Week. It happens every year around mid August and a bunch of restaurants around town participate. Some places extend their participation by another week or two. It completely ends by the beginning of September. It is sponsored by KRLD and Central Market. It is $35 at any participating restaurant for a 3 course meal (and some offer a special 4th course that you can get with a Central Market coupon). $7 of that gets donated to the North Texas Food Bank or the Lena Pope Home. You have to make reservations and they go fast! It is definitely MY kind of charity!! :P For more info visit: http://dfw.cbslocal.com/krld-restaurant-week**
Initially I had only planned 2 locations for Restaurant Week this year, but this past Friday we had an impromptu dinner and ended up at The Place at Perry's. We had a few choices but since it was super late notice I was only able to get a table for our party of 5 at 8:45PM. Everywhere else was completely booked. It's ok, I went to The Place at Perry's for RW like 5-6 years ago and I remembered the food was pretty great. I just hoped it was still good!
The Place at Perry's
2911 Routh Street
Dallas, TX 75201
Not to be confused with the more recently opened Perry's Steakhouse, The Place at Perry's is family owned and not a chain.
We arrived on time but waited for a few minutes before we were seated. The hostesses were very nice. The restaurant looked more casual than I remembered from the first visit. But I did like that it was brighter in the dining room than before.
We were given the regular menu as well as the Restaurant Week menu. I rarely do this, but I opted to order a la carte this time.. Gasp! haha. It was just a super late dinner and I knew I couldn't eat a full 3 course meal. Plus the item I wanted was cheaper on its own in the regular menu! haha.
We got some bread before the meal.
I think they were baked fresh in house. It was yum! The outside had a good crust and inside was pillowy and warm. Plus the butter was whipped!! :)
Here are the Restaurant Week menu items ordered by my friends:
1st Course --
Arugula and Fennel Salad (extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice) My bf ordered this and ended up not liking it because arugula tends to be quite bitter. So he traded with me. I liked the salad though. It wasn't too bitter for me and I really liked the contrast of the fennel with it. The fennel was crisp and was able to cut the bitterness of the arugula. Everything was fresh and the dressing was light. It was a very healthy salad.
Famous Blue Cheese Iceberg Wedge (sliced grape tomatoes, blue cheese dressing, crumbled bacon) I didn't get to try this but the presentation was very cute.
2nd Course --
Coffee Crusted Filet of Beef Tenderloin (5 oz. filet with a roasted blueberry chipotle sauce and green beans) My bf ordered this. The green beans were pretty normal so I'm just going to move on to the star of the plate, the steak! It was a tiny little piece but OMG it was delicious. It was cooked to a perfect medium rare. The coffee crust on the outside was seared nicely and the meat inside was sooo ridiculously tender it was like almost like eating ahi tuna! I liked the blueberry chipotel sauce as well. Who would've thought coffee and beef and blueberries? And it wasn't too sweet...it was a great flavor combination.
Marinated Pork Tenderloin (with sauteed lentils, quinoa, garlic spinach and carrots) Some other friends ordered this. The pork was fantastic. Cooked perfectly... tender, juicy, flavorful. The lentils underneath were ok. The flavors were nice but I thought they were a little grainy?
3rd Course --
Chocolate Fudge Cake. This was a pretty large piece of cake. It was super rich and chocolately. YUM! I wished it had a scoop of ice cream on the side though. haha. I shared with my bf so we killed it. other friends weren't able to finish because it was quite rich. But all said it was really good.
Crispy Banana Rolls (fried banana, sea salt caramel, vanilla ice cream). This was pretty typical fried bananas. It was good, but nothing uber special.
Now to what I ordered...
Caesar Salad (baby romaine, Caesar dressing, shaved Parmesan and homemade croutons) $9~ This was really fresh and I told them to go easy on the dressing so it was perfectly dressed in my opinion. My bf ended up eating most of it though, since we switched. hehe.
BBQ Shrimp with Homestead Gristmill Corn Grits (Gulf shrimp sauteed in homemade Creole BBQ butter) $16~ This was amazing. For an appetizer this was a pretty huge portion! There were 5 large prawns on top of the grits. The shrimp were plump and cooked perfectly and had super bold flavors. It had a nice kick of heat and paired with the creamy grits it was awesome. The grits were good as well. I liked the chunks of corn kernels in there too. I'd say this is probably one of the best shrimp and grits I've had ever!
So the food was fantastic, just like the first time I was there. The entree portions were quite a bit smaller than the first time though. The service? That's another story... Our waiter started out ok. Things were a little slow. He wasn't super attentive and it kinda went downhill after the entrees. Basically after he cleared the entree plates we never saw him again... Another waiter served the desserts. We were never asked if we wanted coffee or tea with dessert. I actually wanted some hot tea but kinda gave up since I didn't see him around. He wasn't rude by any means but just didn't seem like we were that important. Too bad, otherwise this would've been an exceptional dinner.
Quality of Food:
Value (for RW):
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