I just wanted to tell everyone on the Texas Board that thanks entirely to you, we had a fabulous time in Dallas (my first ever in Texas!) I wrote in a while ago to ask where I could take my husband for his 50th birthday surprise, and I studied the board for other rec's. Here's what we did:
Arrived Friday night around 7PM. Went straight to Baker's Ribs where my husband got the ribs and I filled up on sides (I don't eat pork or beef). It was very good and a great introduction to Dallas. We checked into our room at the Adolphus hotel and went to see the Old 97's at the House of Blues. They were just awesome and while I really don't like most chains, the space was nice and the sound was fantastic.
We awoke late the next morning and had a really great breakfast/brunch at La Duni Cafe. Their coffee is excellent and we ate every last bite (huevos rancheros and huevos araujo)
We went horseback riding during the day, looking forward to our dinner at the Tasting Room at Lola. And the anticipation was warrented - it was wonderful!! If I had to sum it up I would say "consistently yummy" It's been our experience that often these multi-course meals are up and down, with some hitting home runs and others being just ok. I have to say that all of the courses that night were very very good...I can't really say what was our favorite course - the rabbit loin (I even broke down and had that!) or the scrambled goose egg served in a shell...I could go on and on. And they were accomodating, substituting the kobe beef course for a seafood one for me. The wine pairings were right on, the timing was perfect and the dessert (buttermilk panna cotta with rhubarb) was outstanding. And last but not least, the cost was very reasonable considering the quality and quantity of the food. You all are very lucky to have Lola in your backyard!
We were still pretty stuffed on Sunday but we managed to work up an appetite to go for some Mexican. I had so many picks to choose form on this board, and we settled for Cuquita's. We were not sorry - I had the huevos rancheros this time and my husband got his lengua fix. It was very lively and full of people celebrating Mother's Day. We ate so much that we weren't hungry until we got to the airport later that day...unfortunately our flight was late and we were forced to eat airport "food"...we were secretly hoping that our flight would be cancelled so that we could try some of the other places I had discovered while lurking here!
So, a wordy thanks to all! I hope to return someday.