Last night I took a couple of friends to Craft for dinner. The hotel bar and check-in area was deserted. The restaurant was sparsely populated. Our experience was fabulous. Some fine dining restaurants slack off when the pressure is off, but last night the staff at Craft made our tiny threesome feel like we were the only diners on the planet that mattered. We tried escargot with chorizo (a bit too much chorizo-to-snail ratio for our taste), buffalo seasoned with rosemary and topped with blueberries, rack of lamb, lobster-studded risotto, sugar snap peas, and halibut with sweet peppers. The dish that thrilled me the most was a simple salad (pictured) composed of frisee and the freshest walnuts I have ever tasted tossed ever so lightly in truffle-scented vinaigrette. I finished the crisp curly leaves for breakfast this morning. Desserts were divine: ricotta cheesecake with Bing cherries and Texas peach buckle. Craft has matured into one of Dallas’ best restaurants. Price be damned ($300 for 3, with two glasses of wine and tip)–I’d rather pay for simple, fine food prepared with ultra-fresh ingredients. My mouth is still dancing with flavor.