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.
No matter how one argues it, Elm Mott isn’t close to being part of the Metroplex, let alone the Dallas area. But that doesn’t matter – I-35 runs right through our city, and if you take it South for about 85 miles, it’ll lead you to Cafe Homestead, an operation run by Homestead Heritage. They’re organic and local – to the point that many of the items come from their own farm, and the breakfasts are traditional, indulgent, and delightful. Pancakes of all kinds, waffles, bacon and eggs – and a killer sausage biscuits and gravy – all dot the menu. Be sure to ask about the breakfast special; we caught the pecan pancakes (they have a pecan tree grove on property) and they may just be bait enough to lure us down I-35 again soon.
There aren’t many seats at Pho Is For Lovers – maybe 15 or so – and the name still sounds a little funny, but the little restaurant on Greenville just south of Lovers Lane is going to become pretty popular as fall sets in. Their four brothy noodle-bowl options (note: they’re notably absent of offal such as tripe and tendon) include chicken, beef, seafood and tofu, and are the perfect complement to the brisk weather the season will bring. The banh mis are solid lunch options as well, with options such as Korean BBQ and Deli special (french ham and sliced pork roll).
Though Dunston’s is an iconic Dallas steakhouse, we go there for the less glamorous liver and onions, which is no easy meal to find in Dallas – especially done properly. The restaurant’s ambiance is dark, slightly old-school formal, and both locations (Harry Hines and Lovers Lane) have prominent salad bars in the middle of it all. The steaks are prime, mesquite-grilled affairs, and can be had for about half the cost of many ‘fine’ steakhouses. Is it a little dated? Sure. But we prefer to think of it as nostalgic.