Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Lark on the Park - Dallas

My husband Ed gets all the credit for the places we go to eat. And all the cities we travel to. And all the places we stay. I only get credit for loving each one more than the last and trying to share it all with the world.

So Ed was away last weekend in Dallas, PA visiting his family, (yes, there is a Dallas, PA) and he booked a reservation for us while he was away at the hottest little spot in Big D, Lark on the Park. It's another restaurant from Shannon Wynn, who also owns Meddlesome Moth, Flying Fish, and soon to open in Sundance Square, Bird Cafe' in Fort Worth. Chefs Dennis Kelley and Melody Bishop came to Lark from Suzanne Goin's Tavern in Brentwood, CA.

Lark opened in March, and sits right across the street from the lovely Klyde Warren Park. This was our first visit and the park was everything they say it is. A lovely green oasis situated above the bustling highway with book racks like you'd see on a sidewalk in Paris, food trucks galore, a kids park, and lots of room for sitting, strolling, eating or lying in the cool (or hot) grass.

So back to Lark. My first stop was to the ladies room, where this lovely piece greets you as you walk in the door. Called Forked Series #22.

The concept is to showcase both food, beverage and area illustrators. So they've placed huge chalkboards on most every wall and on a regular basis, local artists come in and showcase their work for all to see. Very cool concept.

Guidelines and compensation for illustrators can be found at LarkBlackBoard.com They install a new group of illustrations every 3 months.

This was my favorite. An illustration of Steve Jobs in an Etch A Sketch screen. Kids are sure missing something not having an Etch A Sketch!

Then being a Sunday afternoon, some bubbly was in order. A nice chilled glass (or two) of the '11 Cote Mas Estate Cremant de Limoux, Brut Rose'.

My brunch was an Heirloom Tomato Tart with fromage blanc, Gruyere, proscuitto de Parma and fried egg. It was a slightly salty, warm cheesy tart that paired perfectly with my Brut Rose'. Very French.

Ed chose a cup of potatoe leek soup to start that was creamy and ever-so-oniony. Delicious. And in the cutest little bowl.

And since Ed's quite the healthy eater, he had the Summer Wheat Berry Salad with cherry tomato, cucumber, summer squash and pistou, which is the French variation of pesto, made with garlic, fresh basil and olive oil.

It was the perfect day for our little jaunt to Dallas.

Too full to try the food trucks, but definitely will next time.

Lovely natural gardens surround the park. We picked the perfect day.

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