Formerly the site of the RedDog Cafe, The Daily Dish is a genuine eatery where a passion for food and attractive plateware coalesces under inspired cuisine. Diners plant themselves in a modern space decked in olive greens and rustic reds, making feasting a cozy venture into the depths of Executive Chef Michael Chretien's lunch and dinner menu. Appetites unfold like pea-blossom petals to the rich flavors and hearty textures of the baked local goat cheese served with fresh-baked focaccia bread and roasted-tomato sauce ($8) and the signature house mac 'n' cheese served under an edible bedspread of aged cheddar ($11 for lunch, $4.50 as a dinner side).
Light trips across the edge of a steel blade as fingertips guide the knife over a row of colorful vegetables. A sharp crunch follows each chop. Droplets of water fly from the neatly diced plants as a hand carefully transfers them from chopping board to mixing bowl. These hands belong to Chef Tonne, who, for almost a decade, has dreamed up an ever-evolving catering menu of international and American cuisine. Guests can put together a menu that complements their taste and event, from prix fixe party packages that assail diners with relentlessly delicious courses to ? la carte hot and cold appetizers, side dishes, entrees, and desserts for less formal occasions. Wedding guests can nibble on bacon-wrapped sea scallops during the cocktail hour and later dig in to a glazed-blueberry-chicken entree. Each catered event receives complimentary linens and china. Chef Tonne also handles the cooking duties for everyday meals. The company delivers dinners to doorsteps comprised of locally raised meat, wild-caught fish, fresh produce, and minimally processed ingredients.
Flames shoot skyward, then disappear into the ether. Soon they reappear, several feet from where they first emerged. They're not caused by invisible volcanoes or a dragon puffing out his birthday candles. Instead, they stem from saganaki, a cheese that's set ablaze tableside. This brandy-fueled display is just one of the rousing events at Stratos Greek Taverna. Here, cooks rub racks of lamb with fragrant oregano and slice gyro meat from a large rotisserie. Layers of spinach, feta, and phyllo dough form dramatic towers of spanakopita, one of the restaurant's many homemade dishes.
The food isn't the only source of excitement. Three nights a week, belly dancers teach guests to gyrate atop the eatery's tables and wooden dance floor. DJs fill the dining room with melodies on a regular basis. Guests can also explore a double-decker patio swathed in starlight and the sweet scent of honey-cinnamon baklava.
Eat the World's chefs draw inspiration from Tex-Mex, Cajun, and Italian culinary traditions, among others, to fill coolers with microwaveable meals and table-ready entrees and sides. They assemble roasts such as hams and turducken, fruit salads, and tamales featured by CBS DFW before carefully cooling each dish for maximum portability. Eat the World also brings its entrees to catered events, including birthday parties and mock-trial jury deliberations.
For the first time in its history, the family-owned and operated The Southern Cross invites the public to roam its 40 acres and participate in outdoor activities ranging from rock climbing to petting barnyard animals. Located minutes away from downtown Dallas, the majestic property greets guests with a panorama of ponds, native crab-apple trees, and century-old oaks. Visitors can scale a 24-foot-tall fiberglass rock-climbing wall, fish with provided equipment at the catch-and-release pond, or set off in a paddleboat in hopes of proving that the world is round and actually made of churnable butter. Children can contemplate eternity in the enclosed playground, while jumping in an inflatable house, or trading spit-filled salutations in a toddlers’ play area. The grounds also boasts a petting zoo, a 4-foot-deep party pool, and water-balloon-launching facilities capable of lobbing aqueous projectiles up to 75 feet or into the eye of a giant Isaac Newton.
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