Sorry I’ve been a slacker this week! I really have no idea how some of these food bloggers manage to work a full week AND post a million recipes of their cooking throughout the week. Of course, some of them don’t work a full week in an office…some of them get paid to cook. Not this girl though, by the time I get home from work, some days I don’t feel like documenting my cooking then attempting to take beautiful pictures of the end result. I just want to eat some dinner and relax! Which is what happened this week. I’ve decided to give you two posts over the next couple of days. I know how tedious and distracted people get when they are trying to read a REALLY long post. The next o ne has a super yummy recipe for Tres Leches Cake, so be on the lookout!
This post has one quick purpose and point, but it is one I could quite possibly go on and on about for way too long. You probably have figured out by now that Doug and I are big foodies. When we lived in Dallas, we always were trying different restaurants; there were so many amazing ones to choose from. The best one I have ever been to was where we had our anniversary dinner last weekend, Abacus. This isn’t your run of the mill restaurants folks, the head chef, Kent Rathbun, is a genius. He is amazing at layering the flavors of a dish and putting things together you may not think of. Doug first took me here when we were just started dating. In his words it is a place you “have to take out a loan to eat there”…but really it’s his fault for introducing me to it. Granted our anniversary was only my third time to eat there.
Not only is the food amazing, but the service is too, top notch. The reason I am just now posting this, is because yesterday we received a postcard in the mail from Abacus. It was from our waiter, thanking us for visiting and how he enjoyed being our server. Come to find out, he grew up and is from Marshall and his parents still live here! Small world! I loved how there is that personal touch from this place. How many restaurants are you going to eat at where your server sends you a thank you note?
Unfortunately I don’t have too many great pictures of our meal there, because I only had my iphone to document our night. We started off with a celebratory glass of their best champagne on the house. I followed it up with their cosmo…which is also the best I have ever had.
If you ever get the opportunity to eat there, you MUST try the lobster shooters. These things are ingenious. Seriously, a lump of lobster tail, breaded and deep fried in a ceramic shot glass. You pour some sauce they give you with it, that has an Asian flavor to it, over the lobster, and shoot it. Amazingly delicious.
For the rest of our meal we had lump crab salad: a layer of diced pears, layer of the best lump crab, layer of a bacon marmalade and topped off with apple coleslaw.
We also tried the quail, which was on a bed of gouda grits (I think it was gouda).
And for our entrée, Doug had the lamb and I had the buffalo steak. Every time I go there, I get the buffalo steak. It is the best thing ever, so tender and juicy…I literally could cut it with my fork.
To say we indulged is an understatement, but this truly is a place that you want to sample as much as you can…and the portion size is just right. It is amazing.
My next feat is to take one of the cooking classes Kent Rathbun offers at Abacus. It is on my bucket list…to find out how to make anything he does would be wonderful. If you are in the Dallas area, I highly suggest eating here. Make reservations well in advance and prepare your pocketbook. It is worth every penny!