Sam’s birthday was Monday and I’ve been trying to figure out what to get him for the past few months. First, I thought I’d get him the new golf bag he’s been eyeying. But then, he bought it.
Okay, fine. Next up, new golf shoes. But then, he bought them.
Okay, fine. How about an iPad? That seems like a really nice gift. But then, he bought ME one for my birthday.
Earlier this summer we had attempted to plan a little weekend trip to Denver for the weekend of his birthday, but it fell through. So I thought, why not surprise him with a trip to Dallas since the weekend was still relatively free. Fast forward to last weekend and that’s exactly what I did.
I told him to not make plans because I had birthday dinners, etc. lined up so he would hopefully not commit us to anything major. Worked out perfectly. Friday after work he played golf (while I rushed to pack), then came home for our “dinner reservations,” aka – flight to Dallas. We got about halfway to the airport before I think he figured it out… but it was still a surprise!
When we arrived in Dallas it was already 9:00 p.m. so we just dropped off our luggage and headed straight to dinner at Habiscus. Here we are waiting on our table…
The drinks were fun, I had the habiscus martini (pretty sweet) and Sam had the basil gimlet (much better).
When we got to our table, we were pretty hungry. It was 10 o’clock for crying outloud.
We chose the scallops, tuna tartar and mac & cheese. A winning combination.
The scallops were GINORMOUS. The biggest I’ve ever seen… maybe 2 1/2″ in diameter? Ridiculously good though. Note, that the pic above is a half portion of the scallops, just in case you were wondering.
The next day we met some friends at Jonathon’s Oak Cliff for some brunch, bloody mary’s and mimosas. They have one heck of a bloody mary bar…
And one heck of a menu! We started with the danger dogs (a sausage/pancake corn dog thing) which are a must have if you eat there. Order some for the whole table, they’re worth it! Sam and I shared the chicken and waffle and the egg sandwich. The chicken and waffle is the reason I took Sam there, it is delicious! After brunch, Top Golf was on the agenda. Top Golf is basically a driving range adventure park… you hit golf balls and it magically keeps score for you and your friends. You can play several different games against each other and it’s perfect for a group. Even if there are rookies v. experts, you can customize the settings and still compete against each other. Sam is a huge fan of playing (and watching) golf, so it was the perfect place for us to visit. I’m terrible, but I still joined in on the fun and didn’t do TOO poorly.
Not the best pic, but the best “group” pic I got… I say “group” because I’m obviously missing and so is Doll.
Did I mention they have a full bar and servers that bring you drinks while you play?
After a minor fingernail injury, I decided to triple glove it. This, surprisingly, did not improve my golf game. Shocking, I know.
When we were finished with golfing, we all headed back to our hotel pool. For obvious reasons, there are no pics of this portion of the day. After the pool, I was pretty much exhausted so I was able to squeeze in a little nap in the room, then Sam, Doll & I went to the restaurant at the hotel for dinner (too lazy to leave). Upon entering, we noticed a “We Won Best of Dallas” so of course we asked what they had won for and it was french fries. So we ordered them. We also ordered the scotch egg, octopus, pasta and pork shoulder. All of it was amazing. Especially the pork, it was the best, most tender pork shoulder I’ve ever tasted. Full of drinks and all that food, we called it an early night on Saturday.
Sunday, we brunched with Doll at one of the best restaurants in Dallas… Breadwinners. This place is so good, but there is typically a long wait and no good place to do the waiting. Recently, they have opened up the space inside to include the neighboring bar (Quarter Bar) so that there are plenty of tables and a much shorter wait time.
When you go, I highly recommend ordering from their specials that day. That’s what I do and I still crave their PB&J waffles and Sante Fe Benedict.
And this my friends is the bloody diablo, complete with a jalapeno and a strip of bacon – also on the specials menu.
I had the Santa Fe Benedict, pulled pork instead of ham/canadian bacon…. So good I’m still thinking about it. And after stuffing ourselves silly, we headed back to the great state of Oklahoma.
And these little guys were too cute not to share… they were our roomies all weekend at the Palomar.