As the prospect of another week rears its head, we at Entree Dallas began to let our imaginations wander – an all-too-frequent habit – and started daydreaming of what foodstuffs and viddles might help us make the journey to Friday. We figured a few destinations might help provide a little culinary light to the Monday gloom.
When we read Teresa Gubbins’ account of H&D BBQ in Richardson the other day and saw the words ‘garlic-stuffed brisket,’ we knew a trip to the little restaurant near the corner of Arapaho and Coit was inevitable. What we encountered was supremely friendly service and a brisket that was indeed unlike any other, both in texture and flavor. It’s worth a trip just to give the oak, pecan and hickory-smoked beef a try, but be sure to specify the garlic brisket if that’s what you’re looking for – they serve traditional as well. And if you’re not into brisket? Ribs are also on the menu, and evidently a popular pick. The sauce is good, though (in true Texan style) they do advise that it is not entirely necessary. We used it anyway.
When Jean-Marie Cadot starts talking about truffles, it almost sounds as if he starts singing – but then again, get him talking about French food in general, and he’s just about as lively. Cadot’s restaurant certainly features the truffle in many of its dishes (which truffle depends on the season), but even the dishes that don’t feature the delicacy are worthy of excitement.
While there are menu selections – not to mention the beverage – options at Cadot that certainly make exceeding the century mark feasable, it’s clear that Jean-Marie has made it a point to achieve a level of neighborhood accessibility. The dinner menu features entrees such as coq au vin and steak with shallots and bordelaise for under $25, and the lunch menu facilitates a fine mid-day meal for under $20. For those looking for a more indulgent dining experience, however, the rack of lamb, roasted duck or filet mignon options are just a few of the items that may tickle their fancy.
As the beginning of the evening rolls around, you may find the parking to be a little stressful at Veritas. Once inside, however, the calm, warm and laid-back atmosphere will put you right at ease. And a glass of wine won’t hurt, either.
The phrase ‘vino pub’ may sound a little unusual, but that’s exactly what Veritas is. Yes, they have an impressive selection of wine that hovers around 350 (it changes frequently), but they also boast a beer list that could be the envy of many other pubs and bars in Dallas. More than 30 different varieties can be found at Veritas, most of which are crafted at smaller breweries from around the country. It’s the implementation of brothers/owners Brooks and Bradley Anderson’s belief that while wine can often be intimidating, beer is frequently underappreciated. Veritas is a great place to fully appreciate them both.