Obviously, the farm-to-table movement has hit the Dallas restaurant scene, and many restaurants are taking themselves a bit too seriously about it. (Honestly, we don’t care if our beets and bulgur were grown in the bathroom.)
Then we heard about Grain, a pseudo-new restaurant located inside the Hilton Park Cities Hotel on Luther Lane that’s not remotely self-important.
What started out as a meat-centric spot now offers a farm-to-table menu with locally sourced produce and meats. Think fresh peaches from Cooper Farms in Fairfield and tomatoes straight from Proximity Farms in Fort Worth.
We began our meal with a beautiful tomato-and-mozzarella salad--the cheese comes from Dallas’s Mozzarella Company and the heirloom tomatoes from The Shed at the Dallas Farmers Market. Then we moved on to the buffalo chili, which was decidedly un-gamey and covered with Veldhuizen Redneck Cheddar (a Texas gold cheddar mixed with Shiner Bock beer).
But the Gulf blue crab cakes were the real star. The tender patties are served atop a stream of house-made red-snapper jam that’s so good you’ll definitely want to snag a small jar to take home.
Grain, 5954 Luther Lane; 469-232-4962 or grainrestaurantandbar.com