Disher Review #18: Pappas Brothers

Okay, yes, Restaurant Week is officially over. But we are still getting in reviews, and I’m going to post every one of ’em. This Disher ate at Pappas Brothers, went on vacation, came back and wrote a review for us. Gotta love it! Jump to hear what she thought.

We were really impressed with Pappas during RW this year.  We had 7:45 pm reservations on a Saturday night.  Grabbed a drink & were seated within about 15 minutes.  I was curious to see if they would be rushing us out & trying to turn the tables as the restaurant was packed!  People had told us that Pappas was very traditional, so I wasn’t sure how exciting our experience would be.

Service was perfect- attentive, flowed, you barely even knew that someone was there refilling your water, etc.  The atmosphere was nice- dimly lit & although pretty loud for restaurant week, we felt comfortable.  Our one annoyance was the TV that was on (muted) showing the Olympics.  I know its Michael Phelps…but when you are going out to eat, I think we can all stand to turn off the TV for a few hours.

Pappas wines are expensive, but I was pleasantly surprised to see that they paired wines with the menu at $7 & $8/glass for RW!  Nice.  We ordered red wine with our meal- our meal was amazing:

Salad: Caesar & House. Let’s start by saying that many restaurants including the really nice ones screw up their salads.  They don’t put that much thought or effort into the salad because I guess it is just rabbit food?  Not the case here.  The Caesar salad was good- dressing was flavorful & they baked their Parmesan cheese into crisps, so that when you take a bite, your mouth is filled with these bursts of nice strong Parmesan cheese- yum.  The house salad has mixed greens, sliced tomatoes, shredded carrots & 2 strips of crispy BACON.  How many rabbits eat bacon?!  The vinaigrette dressing was delicious & the blend of flavors was very pleasing to my hungry mouth.

Entrees:  Filet Mignon w/ mashed potatoes & Flat Iron Steak w/ peppercorn sauce & Blue Cheese au gratin potatoes.  We also ordered a side of creamed spinach.  Both of our steaks were excellent & flavorful with a nice charred crust.  My mashed potatoes were fabulous- they mix them with butter, green onions and BACON!!  The best ever.  They are not your boring ol’ mashed potatoes…  Creamed spinach was truly the best I have ever had- they put thin strips of ham in it that makes it hit the spot.  I had ranked a New Orleans restaurant creamed spinach as my #1, but Pappas just took the winning spot in the creamed spinach contest (if there ever was one).  Like others had told us, the au gratin potatoes are good too- cooked well, flavors blend well & not too gooey.

Dessert: I asked the waiter if they make their desserts in house?  He assured me everything is made from scratch.  We had the key lime pie & the chocolate peanut butter ganache cake.  Both were delicious.  My husband insisted that he did not like key lime pie, but his mind quickly changed.  (Again, some restaurants decide to leave you hanging on the dessert course- not the case here).  Order it all!

We were happy campers when we left.  Pappas uses simple flavors & executes well.  They don’t add special truffle oil or foie to fancy up their dishes.  Their food is traditional, and for their style of cooking (“steak & potatoes” type dishes), they are definitely a top contender for the best in Dallas.

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