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Restaurant Review: Olenjack’s Grille in Arlington

Cajun tilapia with crawfish rice. Photography by Kevin Marple.

Before she left us, Sarah Reiss enjoyed a terrific meal at Brian Olenjack’s restaurant Olenjack’s Grille in Arlington.

Like taking the lid off a simmering pot of pure Texas, Olenjack’s Grille unveils an approach to contemporary chargrilling that embodies all the hat and cattle those other guys seem to have missed. Less salt dependent than its country cousins, the restaurant—helmed by chef-owner Brian Olenjack—relies instead on goat cheese, roasted garlic, and grits as resonant as a Sunday sermon. The menu is a gastronomic ramble, starting with grilled lamb lollipops over sweet-potato polenta and finding its way home to hatch-marked meats that are as mature and reliable as a firm handshake.

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