The Grape, Dallas, 8/6/16

Exterior
Exterior

The Grape has been in business since 1972 with the current owners Brian and Courtney Luscher taking over in 2007. Brian is the chef and Courtney is the manager and sommelier. The business has grown enough that couple is not always in house but Chef Sarah Snow runs the kitchen directed by Brian’s culinary vision. It has a medium sized main room, a smaller added on room in the back, a good sized bar and a plastic enclosed porch for street side dining. The menu has a selection of standards that are always available, some in half portions as well as monthly specials.  Many of the standards are very nice but I like the seasonly adjusted new options that are available.

interior
interior

The menu is presented on a chalkboard but there is also a printed menu. This place won’t blow your mind but it is good solid food with a adequate flavor content. The current menu is online and if one of the specials sounds good you can bet it will be.The wine selection is nice as well as reasonably priced.

table set up
table set up
menu
menu
Frankie likes candlelit rooms
Frankie likes candlelit rooms
wine
wine
Frankie checked out the bread and butter
Frankie checked out the bread and butter
bar area
bar area

 

We started with the watermelon-cucumber salad which was an interesting combination and quite tasty.  The pecans added a nice crunch and it was like a good taste of summer on a plate.

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Watermelon-cucumber salad with toasted pecan, St. Pete’s blue cheese, watercress, radicchio, shaken sherry vinaigrette

 

For an entree we had the pork chop which was nicely cooked and served on a bed of creamed corn and topped with blistered Padron peppers.  It made a lovely combination of savory flavors.

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Niman Ranch Pork chop with ancho chili rub, creamed corn, blistered Padron peppers, green tomato jam
another one
another one
chalkboard menu
chalkboard menu

 

For dessert we had the “Pain Perdu” with peaches. The peaches were supposed to be macerated but they were still quite firm without a strong peach taste. Nevertheless the bread portion and ice cream were  wonderful and plenty to satisfy my sweet fix.

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Bread pudding “Pain Perdu” with Bisous Bisous croissants, macerated peaches, buttermilk ice cream and salted caramel
from the top
from the top
Frankie looked for leftover ice cream
Frankie looked for leftover ice cream

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