Okay, Wine Lovers & Foodies,
I have to apologize once again for what I term "The Caracol Incident"! The first visit there was not the friendliest experience. The food, in my opinion, was good, not great, and was not worth the snobby attitude that we were greeted by as a group. I have therefore cancelled the Caracol Part 2 event and replaced the venue with a new venue suggested by Sarah Mohammed called the Dish Society. In fact, Sarah will be hosting this event, because it has come to my attention that this is the date that I purchased tickets for my 18 year old and myself for Backstreet Boys and Avril Lavigne. I am pretty jealous of you guys' dining here without me, because the reviews, menu, and food photos are making me salivate all over my keyboard as I type this! I have a feeling that we may end up going for Dish Society Part Deux sometime in the future!
Dish Society http://www.dishsociety.com/about.html is a casual farm-to-table restaurant that offers a local ingredient driven and chef inspired menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with brunch on the weekends.
Parking: FREE parking garage
Payment: separate checks promised by the very friendly Jessica
First time restaurateur Aaron Lyons, developed the concept for Dish Society while earning his MBA at The University of Texas at Austin. Though he initially planned to open the first location in Austin, Lyons ultimately found a much greater demand and opportunity for his concept in Houston. Lyons brought on one of his fraternity brothers, Trent Patterson, as Director of Operations as well as Executive Chef Johnny Romo from Austin to develop and execute the menu he describes as a modern twist on traditional favorites with a southern influence. Chef Romo’s 20 years of industry experience includes tenures with Apothecary, Sampaio’s, North, and Eddie V’s, among others.
Menu Options will change seasonally, and are reasonably priced between $6-$18 depending on daypart. A “flex- casual” service style is implemented where customers place their orders at the counter during breakfast and lunch and are served by a traditional wait staff during dinner. There is also a separate service station to support the area’s high demand for take out orders. In addition to great food, Dish Society offers a robust coffee program by Greenway Coffee, fresh juices, a rotating selection of local craft beers, and an approachable wine list.
Dish Society has an overall 4 out of 5 stars ranking on www.yelp.com
Here is a recent dinner review from David N.:
I came here for dinner with a friend. Think Local Foods, but for Dinner. It's more of a sit down kind of spot as opposed to order at the counter.
We started with the quinoa stuffed avocado! Delicious! We then popped open a bottle of wine, which is very reasonably priced.
As far as dinner went, I had the shrimp and grits, the cheese they had for the grits was gouda! We added on the brussel sprouts and truffled mac and cheese. The brussel sprouts are becoming a huge trend in town, and these are done OK, chopped small, I actually enjoy them whole and more crispy. The mac and cheese was light on the truffle oil and a bit on the bland side.
We ended the meal with the chocolate lava cake, it was good, be careful of the plate, it comes hot.
Best thing, they have a parking garage!
Another review by Mary L:
Each entree I've ordered has been DELICIOUS! The first time I went I got the chimichurri steak and substituted the collards with roasted Brussels sprouts. I like my steak rare but they cook it medium rare I still enjoyed every single bite. The Brussels sprouts were perfectly cooked and has a balance of salt, pepper, and olive oil.
I'm not a grits type of girl but wanted to try their shrimp and grits which is also a winner in my book. I didn't care that day that it was not part of my Paleo diet!
Most recently I had their Apple Pecan Salad - TWICE! They don't overkill the salad with pecans and the red wine poached apples were divine!
I would HIGHLY recommend coming here for their fresh, tasty food!
Still Another by Priya S.:
In a matter of only a few visits, Dish Society has quickly become one of my favorite dinner spots! Ever since my best friend moved near the location, we've been frequenting this place quite a bit. Running on the theme of "farm-to-table," this restaurant fosters the idea of taking fresh, local ingredients and creating simplistic, yet unique dishes. The decor is very industrial chic with those vibrant yellow seats, the tall glass windows, and sleek wooden panels on the wall. The natural lighting was in perfect accordance with the dark, metallic feel of the decor.
During our first trip, we dined basically on a few apps: quinoa stuffed avocado and truffle mac n cheese. Oh the quinoa dish was soo delish! I don't think I've had quinoa cooked so perfectly with such flavors. And being placed on top of half an avocado was so yummy...great balance of fresh ingredients with creamy, rich avocado. During our second dinner date, I ordered the "farmers plate," and it included your choice of protein + 2 sides. I chose the chicken with grilled veggies and roasted red potatoes. The dish was super simple, yet executed so well. It was something I would want to whip up for dinner, but definitely with more flavor. I also sampled my friend's mashed sweet potatoes (creamy and buttery goodness) and the kale toastada ( UHH yum). I think their motto of keeping things fresh and simple shines through in their food. Finally, we ended our meal with the chocolate pretzel bread pudding with Cloud 10 Creamery ice cream. The ice cream was sooo good but the bread pudding was a bit dry for me.
The service was pretty flawless. During both my trips, I never had to wait more than a minute for a table and the servers were always helpful and friendly. Another great thing about this place is the pain-free parking! There is garage parking in the same building! **Awesomee**.
So, what's the dish on the Dish Society you ask? It's a pretty incredible restaurant that serves delicious food in a casual environment for a good price!