Friday, April 5, 2013
Restaurant review: Colorful and hip Oddfellows slams down works of art in food form
We won't tell if you Instagram your entree.
The inside is mildly dim, but without the awkward quiet overtone.
As you walk in, you will find a bar area on the left that serves a unique and large variety of coffee beverage, in addition to spirits.
Oddfellows prides itself on its $24,000 espresso machine from Italy — one of just four in the United States.
The menu itself is a work of art in the sense that it encompasses a vast variety of cuisines, such as Tex-Mex, breakfast foods, soul food, Italian, French, modern fine dining and American comfort food.
The deviled eggs with bacon marmalade and sprouts along with the smoked Gouda cheese grits are must try dishes on the menu. Both were absolutely phenomenal.
Oddfellows took two ordinary dishes (cheese grits and deviled eggs) and made them more unique and better, with a personal favorite being the bacon marmalade.
For the main course, you must order the famous Oddfellows’ fried chicken, which comes with house beignets, pan gravy and baby braising greens.
The chicken is utterly mouth-watering, yet, to my surprise, the greens and gravy may have been even tastier.
Also try the Broken Boat, which is tamale with pork, mustard greens, Jalisco slaw, mushroom stuffing, queso fresco and cream.
The Broken Boat was not only an incredibly innovative idea for a meal, but was a huge success as well. The mushroom stuffing and pork were particularly savory.
Some great comfort food to try would be their buffalo mac & cheese, named the best mac and cheese in Dallas by the Dallas Observer.
This dish comes with fried chicken, buffalo sauce, texas blue cheese and scallions. This twist on the traditional comfort food will have you coming back for more.
Don’t forget to save room for dessert because the beignets are mouthwatering and as good as the famous beignets from Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans.
A cup of their cappuccino is highly recommended to accompany these delicious powdered treats.
For those over 21, the cocktail menu will have you intrigued. With drinks like The Last Word and Rattlesnake Sour, you’ll want to taste each innovative creation.
From a monetary standpoint, the food was not very pricey at all. When you factor in the quantity and quality of the food, it is even more of a steal.
Oddfellows is a great escape from the familiar Highland Park scene with its an artsy, hip ambiance.
Whether you come for coffee, breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner, the creative, exquisite dishes will have you pulling out your smartphone to take pictures.
Daily Campus Food Editor Tashika Varma contributed to this review.
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