Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Lovely lunch.


With May being such a hectic time, my Cooking Club decided to go out to eat for our monthly get together. We met at the Screendoor, a fairly new restaurant in Dallas' trendy One Arts Plaza downtown, billed as a "Modern Southern Kitchen."

Screendoor is on the right-hand side


One Arts Plaza as viewed from the restaurant patio


We all loved the decor in the restaurant


We had a fabulous meal! Our server suggested an array of favorites for us to share. The kitchen divided the appetizer and the gumbo for us; the rest of the dishes we ate family-style so that we could also enjoy the beautiful presentation.

Our first course: Fried Green Tomato and Mozzarella Salad with Red Pepper Jam

Our salad: Grilled Ahi Tuna with Mixed Greens, Tomatoes, Kalamata Olives, Deviled Eggs and Haricots Verts. This was a real stand-out! The tuna was absolutely perfect and the deviled eggs quite scrumptious

Main courses: in the foreground Screendoor's Shrimp and Grits (with the grits shown at the back): jumbo shrimp with house-smoked turkey "ham," stewed tomatoes and Parmesan grits; and in the center, Big Mama's Fried Chicken, accompanied by a baked cheddar macaroni and braised collards

Chili Fried Catfish, over black-eyed peas with East Texas Slaw

Grilled Scottish Salmon, with red bean succotash and candied onion marmalade

To my surprise our favorite entrees were the two dishes I would have been least likely to order on my own: the fried chicken and the salmon. The fried chicken was unbelievably moist and flavorful; it must have been brined before being fried. I also loved the collards, though I typically dislike greens, and how can you go wrong with homemade mac and cheese? The salmon was also delicious and the succotash - yum!

Our sampling of desserts: Creamy Key Lime Pie topped with citrus whipped cream in a graham shell; Peach Cobbler with vanilla bean ice cream; and Screendoor Chocolate Moon Pie (rich chocolate brownies sandwich with marshmallow cream, dark chocolate and gianduja mousses, and tart raspberry coulis) served with a mini-glass of RC Cola. Notice the "man in the moon" shortbread cookie garnishing the moon pie

All of the desserts were good. I especially liked the peach cobbler, but that's a favorite of mine anyway.

Our server was exceptionally friendly and accommodating, and he even brought the chef out to meet our group. We enjoyed the opportunity to visit with the chef and amongst ourselves as well as the chance to sample a lot of delicious food.

Truly a lovely wrap-up to another great year of Cooking Club.


Hopsy said...

Ah you are wearing your darling new dress! Seeing you in it makes me want it!!
I have heard such positive things about Screendoor. I really want to go after reading your great descriptions and seeing you photos. My mouth is watering!

The Mrs. said...

Everything looks fabulous! What cute girlfriends!!!

Emily said...

Reading your post made me so hungry! The food looks devine and I am adding it to the list of must try restaurants.

Everyone looks so cute and I think you look lovely in your dress. Great color and pattern on you.

Laura said...

OO! I want to go there!

JoAnn said...


I have a question....what is the significance of serving RC Cola with the Moon Pie? Is that a Texas thing?


KK said...

I am salivating over here!

The 5 Bickies said...

Looks delish and like a fun afternoon!