Elegant Fare at York Street and Earthy Goodness at Alessio’s
Restaurant Week benefits the North Texas Food Bank gives those of us who normally make wonderful meals at home permission to eat abroad in the city. We tried two restaurants: one was an official “restaurant week” venue, and one just occurred around the same time (we were on a roll!) and sounded intruiging. Here’s what we found:
First, we tried York Street, Dallas’ darling and home to the inventive Sharon Hage. We signed up for the 6:30 seating and by the time we arrived early at 6:20 the tiny restaurant was all but full and the air just buzzed with anticipation. The brisk and efficient staff matches the style of the interior – elegant and perfectly timed. What did we love? The ripe tomato salad paired with a Cottonwood Cellars Lemberger 2003. The Point Judith calamari was paired with a lovely rose from Languedoc from Chateau Font-Mars called Picpoul de Pinet 2004. Gary enjoyed the Buffalo New York paired with with Summer corn Pudding and a Treana Red 2000 from Paso Robles. In short, we loved the experience, the flavors honed individually that emerged and blended perfectly. What did we miss? For me, the eclectic sampling and tasting was just perfect on a hot summer’s night; for Gary, he walked away with just a few little places in his tummy that could have been filled just a little bit more.
6047 Lewis St.
Take two – Alessio’s the next week for an evening entitled “Trip to Dallas Farmers Market” and featuring wines paired with fresh produce from Texas, California, and the Pacific Northwest in partnership with Tom Spicer and his upcoming new produce store to be called FM-1410.
We loved everything about this meal – Alessio and Tom spent the evening at our table along with a wine professional who walked us through each tasting. The colors of the heirloom tomatoes, bell peppers, and mushrooms glittered even in the darkening light and the wine pairings varied from a Marnier Chateau Sancerre to a Capezzana Conti Contini Sangiovese, and finished with a Filetto immersed in Shiraz and paired with the same, a Green Point Shiraz from Australia. The final sorbetto with berries and a dash of wild fennel pollen was a magnificent finish.
This restaurant, strategically located near Jimmy’s and soon-to-be FM 1410 is a neighborhood gem and worth your next visit!
4801 Bryan St.