My boyfriend and I went to Parish Diner last night (Richardson and N. Henry, near the Graham L stop). Had a really nice dinner. Here's our review:
We got there around 9:30 and there were a few tables filled. The space is very tall, I suppose to be "Parish-esque". Assuming they figure out how to dim their lights a bit more, and raise their music -- the space will start to feel better and cozier. A huge screen over the bar (which looks like an altar) plays old black and white movies.
Bread basket is served with some kind of magical butter -- room temp, whipped with honey and herbs (rosemary? sage?). I would eat it off a spoon.
He ordered the fried chicken and loved it. Normally a dark meat eater, he still loved the white meat and said it was moist. The batter was very good and peppery. It came on a bed of beans and spinach, also very good. I got the "Summer on the Farm" sandwhich -- BBQ pulled pork, peaches and a biscuit, served with sweet potato fries (definitely enough to share between 2 people). Loved it. The flavors were fantastic and I actually liked the sweet/vinegary taste of the BBQ better than Fette Sau. Biscuits had a great, faint hickory taste. And normally I think sweet potato fries are totally over-rated and soggy, but these were fantastic -- shoestring, crisp and well-salted. The only think I would have changed was to make the temperature of the pork just a bit hotter.
Finally, we shared the banana split (enough for 4 people). And it was -- just as they promised -- exactly how we remembered. Three scoops, hot fudge, toasted pecans, cheap whipped cream and bing cherries.
I really think that once they work out their lighting and music (and playlist), it will be great. I'm anxious to try the rest of the menu....and here more reviews. Anyone else?