Thursday, June 2, 2011

Dallas Food Tour #2

I know there are still many non-believers, but I have become obsessed with twitter.  I began using it as away to advertise my blog, and to gain a following.  I didn't expect to actually meet people on it, and cool people at that, with similar interests!  I've met a lot of "foodies" here in Dallas, and it's been awesome to meet new people, especially people that know their way around the city, as I'm still learning a lot.  A fellow twitter friend, Dallas Foodie (@Dallas_Foodie) has started arranging these tours of Dallas.  She picks out a couple different places in the same vicinity to visit for drinks, appetizers, dinner, and then after dinner drinks.  I've gone to two of her events, and had a blast on both.  I didn't take hardly any pictures of the first one, but I made sure to document the second tour, so all of you can see how great her events are. 
We started out this tour at The Cedars Social.  Their website isn't too full of info, but if you want to look them up on please do so, they have great reviews.  We ordered drinks and also appetizers.  The first appetizer was a crab cake mini sandwich, and it tasted amazing. 
This wasn't technically an appetizer, but we ordered it because we all wanted to experience chicken and waffles.  One of the foodies said it best - they either do the chicken really well, or the waffles really well.  I thought the chicken was great, the waffles could have been a better - maybe a little thicker.  They had a syrup on the bottom of the plate that was awesome.
We also ordered the cheese platter to share.  It came with olives, honeycomb, and almonds. It was great, and perfect for a large group of people. 
My favorite part about Cedars Social was how they presented their checks.  They put the in the front cover of a book, how cute is that?  I loved it!  I really enjoyed this place.  I didn't take a picture of my drink, but the drinks are their speciality.  I ordered the Faithful Scotsman, and I don't remember what was in it but it was delicious, and very full of liquor - pace yourself if you try it!  The atmosphere inside is really cool, reminds you of an 1980's basement bar, and they have a great outside patio where you can bring along your dog!
Then we walked down the street to Off The Bone.  This used to be a gas station without any seating but apparently recently they've renovated.  They now have a kitchen area where you order, and then a seating area that equipped with A/C, so that's a plus down here in Texas!  I ordered the brisket sandwich, and LOVED it.  Perfect amount of sauce, cooked just the right amount, and it was pretty cheap.  They offer sides and a daily special, plus serve beer.  I love little places like that this that serve real authentic food!
Next we made our way to Absinthe Lounge, which brought me back to my days of living in Holland.  They place was dimly lit, had a live singer, and some interesting characters at the bar.  Not to mention comfortable couches, which is always a plus!  Their speciality is obviously Absinthe, although they do have a full bar as well.  They have a speciality menu with different types of Absinthe, most of us ordered off of that.  I was impressed that they did the whole show with the Absinthe;  lit the sugar on fire, and let it burn into the drink  It was pretty fun to watch!
The drink menu they had displayed their Absinthe choices from the weakest to the strongest.  I choose the second strongest and really enjoyed it.  Went down pretty smooth!  I also liked the added drink mixers they served with it, that had the bar's name on it.  I think this is a great place to have an after dinner drink, or to bring people that have never tried Absinthe.
As always I had a great time, and I'm sure there will be more planned soon!  If you're interested in taking part make sure you follow @Dallas_Foodie on twitter, or look her up on facebook by searching "Dallas Foodie," or clicking here.
Almost Friday... hang in there!


  1. Your Dallas food tours sound fun! My family and I used to live in Dallas (Plano actually), and the thing I miss is all the great restaurants. BTW-Your caramelized scallops look so delicious!

  2. Nice run down. I'm sorry I missed the second tour. I think Danielle has another one concocted that involves Deep Ellum.

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