From the ninth floor, sweeping views of Arlington’s entertainment district fill the windows at Cacharel Restaurant. Cacharel’s menus list an array of steaks and seafood entrees to accompany the panorama, which includes views of Rangers Ballpark, Cowboys Stadium, and acres of trees planted between them so the buildings would stop fighting. Pale earth tones and plenty of natural light decorate the space as the staff exits the kitchen bearing swordfish piccata, center-cut pork rib chops, and 13 oz. grilled new york strip steaks. At the other end of the restaurant, views of serpentine roller coasters glimmer in the twilight as the staff tempts diners with homemade desserts. The Grand Ballroom portrays the same picturesque scenery through its seventh-floor windows and can be rented for weddings, meetings, and other gerunds.
LightCatcher Winery & Bistro, owners Caris and Terry offer relaxed fine dining every Thursday through Saturday. They curate Tasting Menus and Prix Fix specials, which highlight the restaurant's finest wine and food pairings.
They welcome fledgling sippers to sample wines in the tasting room and happily answer wine-related questions, such as how to choose the perfect glass or how to properly perform a spit take when confronted with the indecency of a gentleman caller without a top hat.
Caris and Terry take wines seriously. They scour Texas vineyards in search of the most flavorful grapes and have won numerous awards for their winemaking efforts. As a winemaker and chef, Caris tailors LightCatcher Winery & Bistro’s menu to complement the libations with savory flourishes such as goat cheese creamed corn, gouda-truffle orzo, house made duck prosciutto, and smoked rabbit with fresh oysters.
Since 1994, the cooks at Bluebonnet Café have whipped up a menu of homemade comfort food for breakfast and lunch. Diners dig into the hungry man's breakfast, quickly guiding forks through mounds of eggs and a meaty trio of ham, sausage, and bacon served with hash browns or grits ($7.50). Mexican-style options such as eggs ranchero awaken taste buds with spicy salsa, which emits a high-pitched alarm only audible to soft palates ($5). Midday munchers latch onto the half-pound bacon and swiss burger ($6), and fingers turn to utensils to maintain decorum while eating the juicy pot roast ($7) or the fried chicken topped with cream gravy ($7). Meals are served in a comfortable and eclectic environment, with walls boasting nostalgic décor from I Love Lucy, Wizard of Oz, and a yet-to-be-made radio serial about improbable collectibles.
Wine Down calls on local producers to help the wine bistro satiate patrons with artisan cheeses, a frequently changing menu of paninis and full-fledged entrees, and an extensive liquids list. Pair the sherry-vinegar-sauce-splashed bacon-wrapped quail ($14) or wild-mushroom mac 'n' cheese ($10) with a drink, or erect a grilled cheese sandwich using an arsenal of raw materials, including bread, cheese, toppings, heavy-duty locking C-clamps, and spread ($5+). For lighter noshing, a cheese plate presents a choice of three artisan cheeses and an accompaniment of either fruit and nuts or salami and olives (up to $24.99)