Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Review: Redfork

The great thing about Dallas is that there is no shortage of great restaurants to sate your appetite. The downside, is that it is always so difficult to choose a dining destination because there are so many great choices! Top that off with the fact that there is a new restaurant opening practically every week, and it's enough to make a girl never want to cook again! At least that's the excuse I give my husband...

Last night I went to check out one of Dallas' newest entries to the dining scene: Redfork.

Before I sauntered over there, I went to the website to check out the menu.  The site said Chef Jeff Harris had designed a "menu dedicated to (his) unique take on New American cuisine". Well, that was a pretty vague description that could mean almost anything. But, I am pretty easy to please when it comes to food.  So, off I went. 

 Martini with blue cheese olives, Roasted Beets, Grilled Hanger Steak, Ham & Cheddar Croquettes

The restaurant is located at 2537 Fitzhugh, a few blocks east of Central Expressway. Kind of a random location, because there's not much else around it.  It looks like one of those spots that they gambled on, thinking the area will be a new hot spot in a few years - kind of like Henderson was 3 years ago. Let's hope they make it that long...

The surprise hit on the menu for me was the Roasted Beet salad. This is a dish that normally I never would have ordered, but my friend is a vegetarian and we needed a non-meat appetizer.  It's roasted beets tossed with arugula, fennel, grapefruit, Marcona almond and goat cheese with a light vinaigrette dressing. Trust me. You need to order this.

Out of all the dishes we had, the Macaroni & Cheese was the biggest disappointment. Not because it was bad, but because it was just so average.  Not thick and creamy.  No POP of cheesy flavor.  Just... meh.

RedFork offers a full dinner menu,  as well as a “late night” menu consisting of pizzas straight from the restaurant’s  custom-built,  wood-burning brick oven. There's also a great weekend brunch and for the light appetites, RedFork offers a variety of shared plates and a carefully selected, affordable wine list.

With it's charcoal gray walls, black furniture and mirrored walls, it has an open airy modern vibe. Great for dates or family dining. Cool without being pretentious.  Chef Harris says, “We want RedFork to be a restaurant and bar that people want to come to all the time, not just a destination spot”.

My friend, you have achieved that. Congrats.

Redfork | 2537 N. Fitzhugh Avenue | Dallas, TX 75204