It was date night for my dad and I, I had no idea where we were going, but knowing that my dad is just as eclectic as I am, I knew that wherever it was…I would LOVE IT!

Another trip to The Bishop Arts District, such a great place, great hangout area.  Tillman’s Roadhouse.  I heard great and delicious things about their food.  My family went there for Mother’s Day and they said the food was really good.  We were lead to a back room, a quaint, intimate, banquet room, each table seating about ten.  The only person my dad knew was the owner, who invited us to this dinner and now I knew her, so really, we didn’t know anyone, but I think this was the first time that everyone was meeting…the only person we had in common was the owner, Sara Tillman.  Such a nice, welcoming, funny woman might I add.

We were seated at the table, a nice place setting, wine glasses, the menu…5 courses paired with 5 wines.

1st course…No curfew poached Bose pear, warm hazelnut crusted DMC (Dallas Mozzarella Company) goat cheese, watercress, pear glaze.  This starter was paired with a 2010 No Curfew Red, California.  The pear, it wasn’t too soft, wasn’t too firm, which I liked.  I’ve never had such fresh, soft goat cheese.  The taste wasn’t too overpowering and it was a smooth & savory taste.  The hazelnuts gave it that crunch.  Perfect combination.

2nd course…Pan roasted Texas quail, cherry “Chow Chow”, circus frisee, bacon lardons and a balsamic reduction.  This was paired with a 2009 amici Pinot Noir, Mendocino.  The quail was perfect.  I mean it was tender, and seasoned just right with that smokey, grilled taste.  The frisee garnish, it really added some excitement to the plate, because the sweet, sour & salty of the cherry & the bacon, mixed with the freshness of the frisee, I wanted more of it, it was just that good!

3rd course…seared sea scallop atop a potato pancake, mustard, prosciutto, crispy sage, watercress paired with a 2012 Amici Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley.  I believe this was my favorite overall.  The course itself and the wine it was paired with.  I love semi-sweet to sweet red, but I tend to lean more towards white wines. They’re not so sour, no so pungent, I like the light taste, the sweeter, fruitier taste.  That’s what I liked about the Sauvignon Blanc, just soft, but I could feel it in my blood.  The scallop on this plate, it was unbelievably delicious.  Saying that it was cooked perfectly is an understatement.; tender & flaky, fork cut right through it and sweet.  With this course, I tried to taste everything separate, but together.  The prosciutto chip, I ate alone, reminded me of turkey bacon.  The garnish atop the scallop, it reminded me a lot of strawberry jam, a chunkier version.  I took a bite of the scallop with it, I was in pure foodie shock.  It was like nothing I’ve ever had and I LOVED it.  The potato pancake, there were salted greens of some sort placed neatly underneath.  Let’s just say, I cleaned the plate in less than 5 minutes.  YES, I inhaled it, politely.

4th course…grilled elk tenderloin, potato gratin, rainbow swiss chard, chanterelle demi glace paired with a 2010 Amici Olema Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County.  Now, when this was first placed in front of me, you know what came to mind, simply from just sight & smell? Campbell’s Beef & Vegetable soup.  Really!  I ordered my elk medium well, I’ve grown to love my meats cooked like that.  The pink color was perfect, the presentation was great.  The elk, which I’ve never had a day in my life, but so excited to try, was heavenly.  It was cooked to perfection and tasted just like a well cooked steak.  I mean, I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference, taste wise ,between beef & elk or any other meat.  It literally melted in my mouth and the portion was filling.  That plate, oh yes it was cleaned as well!

5th course…last but not least, a “sorbet duo”.  Blueberry mint, raspberry ginger, topped with macerated Summer berries.  This course was the perfect ending, paired with a 20120 Amici Olema Chardonnay, Sonoma County.  This whole sorbet combination, it made me happy.  So refreshing, sweet & cold on the palette.  The raspberry was so bright and had just a tiny bit of a bitter, sour taste but more sweet than anything.  Now, the blueberry mint, tasted just like a blueberry mojito.  I couldn’t get enough of it either, I think I even ended up scraping the tin container it was in.  Don’t judge me.

This foodie experience, it was one of a kind.  I met some great people, ate some delicious food, five course at that, and tried things that I’ve never tasted, that’s always fun.  I would love to thank Tillman’s Roadhouse, Mrs. Sara and her staff, for being great hosts and making this experience a great one.  Y’all check out the site, the menu, all of it and try to make a trip there for some good eats if you’re in the DFW Metroplex.  Tell them that Charis Walls sent you!

Tillman’s Roadhouse – Dallas

Bishop Arts District

324 West 7th St.

Dallas, TX  75208

(214) 942-0988