Last week I worked all over the Metroplex and checked out some restaurants and cafe's along the way!
On Tuesday I stumbled upon a cool Cafe/Coffee/Wine Bar call Toasted which was lovely in it's industrial chic like atmosphere. I wasn't very hungry but I needed a little something eat so I had their Chili Con Carne with Toast and a glass of their only wine of the day which was the Ten Span Pinot Noir. I recommend it for a great place to dine or just hang out to read a book or catch up on some work... or just chill with good friends.
Wednesday afternoon / evening I found myself working outside on the patio of Hillstone enjoying a yummy Latte and then a nice glass of Pinot Noir with a colleague while on their way to Love Field to fly home. And, as we all know in DFW the 5 o' clock traffic is brutal so I found myself a spot at the busy and social bar of Hillstone where I tried out their Grilled Chicken Wedge Salad with a glass of Malbeca... which hit the spot for me and was perfect timing to miss the traffic jams! I highly recommend Hillstone for their great food, wine, atmosphere, social bar area (if you get there early to land a spot) and their patio!
On Thursday evening I met a colleague for drinks and dinner at Ida Claire which is an Open Air concept with an Austinish atmosphere and patio. I love the vibe and cool factor this place has and I hear they're great mixologist but their wine list is extremely limited and mediocre in regards to taste and style. The food menu is unique and everything I've eaten at the restaurant over the past year has been very good. I recommend Ida Claire for their cool patio, atmosphere and vibe as well as for the food menu!
Our Friday night wind down was, as always, a great dinner and experience at Valentino's where the family owned / staffed restaurant provided excellent food, wine and service! I had the Spinach Ravioli which was excellent and we all had their Chianti wine that proved to be a perfect match for our dinner choices as well as easy drinking. If you haven't been to this quaint restaurant in Rowlett I definitely recommend you try them out!
Saturday night my sweetie and I decided on take out from Saltgrass in Rockwall and had our favorite dish - Steak Salad and paired it with a JCB Pinot Noir from my wines (Wineshare Club) which made for a perfect evening at home after a full work day for him.
Aaaahhhh.... you have to love when you get the opportunity to have a Sunday Brunch! We chose Main Street Bistro in Rowlett. They're a fairly new bistro in the area and this was our second time to try them out. And we found the food to be great and the atmosphere is nice and while the service is a bit slow the staff is very accommodating. I tried out the Duck Eggs Benedict and paired it with the house mimosa. It wasn't a bad choice but I don't think I would get it again as I felt that the Duck and Eggs Benedict just didn't work that well together... but overall the food and drinks were good and it was a good experience. We'll definitely visit Main Street Bistro again.
As I complete this blog I realize I was a busy gal last week with business meetings... while experiencing some great food and wine! Cheers and enjoy your week!
Also, I would love to hear about your Food and Wine experiences so please share!!!
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