I know I’m late. I should have written sooner. But, I’ve been thinking about it…
I have always been this huge fan of Restaurant Week. And I mean it. Like “fan” as in “fanatic”. I believe in the good that it does for the North Texas Food Bank and I think it’s a great way to go all out. Discover new food. New styles. New wines and dining rooms. I’ve always felt liberated by Restaurant Week. $35 for three courses in some of the best restaurants in town? What’s wrong with that?
This year, I was unenthusiastic. I always like to try new places during this time. I’ve been to most of them on the list now. Go back to one of last year’s winners maybe? Then I thought, why not go to one of the places I already love? I know The Grape is my kind of place. When I saw their RW menu I decided I couldn’t miss it. The chef, Brian Luscher, came out to say hi before the meal. The food was fantastic. Everyone around us seemed to be having a great time.
Chef explained that he liked Restaurant Week. It showed. The menu was loaded with intriguing choices. The wines were fantastic. And everyone in the room seemed to be genuinely glad to be there, including the people who were working. Sound like a typical RW story? Hell, no. People bitch like crazy about RW. Yet, there they are. Making the reservations and hoping they’ll have a great evening.
The Grape felt just like it has every time I’ve ever been there. Because it’s a great place. Intimate. Wonderful food. Amazing happy hour. Good people. If you just relax and say yes, you’ll always come back.