So I have to make a confession. I have been to the Lonesome Dove Bistro and I didn't quite care for it. But let me explain, it was at lunch and my mom and I simply ordered poorly. I felt I did not get the correct Lonesome Dove experience so Cowboy Ron decided I needed a do-over. So the three of us made our way to the Stockyards to see what this Iron Chef Winner had in store for me Round 2 style.
Before wine, we each had a cocktail. The "Paloma" a cocktail with tequila, Jarritos Grapefruit soda, agave syrup, lime juice and a pinch of salt. It was very refreshing!
Our waiter was a smooth one and got us going on some appetizers. I knew when I saw the Blue Crab Toast with Lemon Aioli on the menu we had to have it. It was so delicious, like butter in your mouth. Winning! He decided that the Elk Sausage Sliders with Foie Gras and Fig Jam was necessary. I would not have ever ordered this but it was quite good. Second place for sure. Third place was the Blue Corn Lobster Hushpuppies. It is not like they were bad but they just had some stiff competition.
Scott and Cowboy Ron both ordered the Butter Lettuce Salad with bacon lardoons, pepitas and chili buttermilk. They both loved those pieces of bacon. What a treat!
You know I had to try some kind of soup while I was there so upon recommendation I went with the Texas Yellow Squash Soup served with a slice of gruyere cheese and a star of creme fraiche. It was silky smooth and kind of spicy. It was definitely worth ordering.
Both the boys got sold on the Garlic Stuffed Tenderloin served with hash and a syrah demi-glaze. It is the most popular thing on the menu and I know why, it was delicious! I had several bites and almost had order envy!
I always have to be different so I decided to ask for the second most popular entree on the menu. That was the Wagyu Skirt Steak according to Mr. Smooth (our waiter). I said, "Bring it on, my friend"... and out came this beauty. Not only was it a beautifully cooked steak but it came with a bearnaise dipping sauce! And french fries. Oh my. I was so wrong about this place originally.
We even ordered sides! I was stuffing myself to the brim. I believe it was the White Truffle Mac & Cheese and I ate almost the entire side of the Crispy Onions by my lonesome. When I go for I just really go all in.
So I ordered dessert too. How does a warm Ancho Chile Chocolate Cake with tomatillo ice cream and orange-tequila reduction sound? I had a full glass of Flowers Pinot Noir left and together this went down the hatch quite nicely.
So what did I learn from this little lesson? First impressions are not always correct and not to judge a restaurant on one experience. If I had done so, I would have missed out on this fantastic meal with two of my favorite people. Great, great night.