Thursday, December 13, 2012
Restaurant review: The fare and service are true-blue at Tried & True
But, bar people might ask to smell your shrimp fingers.
DALLAS Even though I love this place like a sis, unisex restrooms hurt my feelings. Tried & True’s unisex restroom has all kinds of almost-scandalous magazine pictures adorning the walls and ceiling. There’s even a long black couch just sitting there waiting for people to be naughty. This could definitely gross clean people out, so you might want to stand. I immediately had to problem solve my purse-hang. There is no way my purse is going to touch this funky couch.
Unisex bathrooms are gross. Girls are different than boys. Girls don’t touch their stuff while using the restroom. It has been proven that boys have to touch their stuff while restrooming. What if the boys in this unisex restroom are so preoccupied with the long black couch and the naughty wall pictures they forget to wash their hands? This is a possibility. So, the only way to exit this naughty couch-filled playboy bathroom is to touch and turn the door knob. This means those boys have touched their stuff, and any stuff on their stuff has become one with the door knob.
Next thing you know, a very healthy girl walks in the naughty unisex room and instantly becomes nasty. This makes clean girls sad. Fact: Unisex restrooms feel dirty. Throw a couch and half-naked pictures in the mix, and the status of dirty is instantly upgraded to rank. Boys and girls need space while restrooming. This is just something I know. Tried & True has two restrooms. It’s sad to make both of them unisex. Girls don’t like this. Boys like this. Sue me.
What’s better than a pool table sitting all cozy in the center of a dining room? Nothing. I played against these guys that didn’t know scratching on the 8 ball means you lose. Who doesn’t know this? This takes the M out of MAN. I played Jr. first. Then Jr.’s older brother stepped in it to win it. Not. They even brought in their dad so I could beat the whole family.
Even more exciting than the pool table is the motorcycle hanging above a shuffleboard table in the next room. While heading to the unisex restroom, try not to walk in front of people playing darts. Dart people do not like this.
The bartenders will be happy to give all customers their very own bowl of peanuts. The most exciting part about receiving these peanuts is having the ability to throw the shells on the floor. It’s not like littering. The employees of this place are totally OK with this. It’s like having some kind of sudden trash freedom that feels extra special.
Almost veggie people need to relax and eat some peanuts for a while. It’s not initially easy to whip out an order. Meat is all over the place. There’s not one thing suitable for us in the sourdough sandwich section of the menu. They all have something to do with bacon, chicken, sausage, something griddled, pork chops, country ham, and corned beef. Geez. One ingredient even lists bacon relish.
The good news is waiting in the taco platter section. The most exciting choice is Gulf shrimp tacos, fried or blackened, with asadero lime crema and served with flour tortillas. They also have market fish tacos as well. My husband ordered the peppercorn brisket tacos with smoked cheddar and caramelized onion.
As for the main plate section, Tried & True has a broiled fish dish, as well as a chicken cobb salad that could possibly have shrimp instead. The chef is extremely kind. He doesn’t seem like the sometimes angry chefs who are disgusted with substitutions. There are plenty of bar snacks suitable for almost veggie people. Tried & True offers oysters on the half shell, an arugula & kale salad, and smashed avocado, to name a few.
I ordered the peel & eat shrimp with a side of cocktail and tomato tartar for dipping. Have you ever had a drunk person ask to smell your fingers after peeling shrimp? This is just weird. This person knew I just washed my hands because I said, “I just washed my hands.” This wasn’t good enough for the drunk hand smeller.
To confirm my thoughts, I quickly asked him if this was an attempt to evaluate my level of post-shrimp-smell-hand-washing. He said yes. I kept my cool, refusing to let this strange man smell my fingers. One thing to remember while frequenting a bar type of restaurant: Weird people might ask to smell your fingers. Just say no.
The service at Tried & True is fantastic. They were crowded, but completely worked it out. I’m clueless when it comes to whiskey stuff. I can only say Tried & True is the place to go if you fancy lots of it. That’s all. No one is pretending to know anything about whiskey. If you’d like to talk Tito’s, give me a call.
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