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Old 08-19-2013, 06:57 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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Took the wife to dinner for our anniversary at SER. I made reservations awhile back and noted it was a special occasion as it was our 2 year wedding anniversary and we had become engaged at Nana's.

Environment:
The environment has had quite a significant change from the old Nana's. No table clothes and a more relaxed feel. They no longer have the "lounge/bar" area separated off from the restaurant, which I actually kind of like because you can hear the piano player throughout the entire place now. The view, as always, is spectacular.

Food:
The menu has been expanded and offered more than Nana's. It also was situated in layman's terms, and even the most novice diner can navigate 95%.
Crab Cakes
They were quiet small(golf ball size), and you only receive two of them. They were maybe a 6/10.
Steaks
I decided to go with the 22oz ribeye and the wife went with a smaller 8oz filet of beef. She is not much of a steak eater as she enjoys hers covered in A1. My steak was ordered medium rare and came out almost well done. This obviously caused the ribeye to be tough, but the flavor was still good. Not on the same level to me as an Als, Bobs, Perrys, etc.
Sides
Homemade Tater Tots and Mac and Cheese. The tater tots were good but a little akward as far as how to eat them. They were almost to small and brittle for get with a fork, and I usually do not use my hands to pick up food at a restraunt of this caliber.....However the Mac and Cheese, OMG. This may have been one of the BEST pasta dishes I've ever had in my entire life(if you can even consider a side of Mac and Cheese a pasta dish). I've longed for a great cheese pasta dish ever since Daniele Osteria's closed shop. on the Mac and Cheese!
Dessert
Some sort of chocolate cake with mousse. It was on the house so I'm not really sure what it was. Fairly dry and again nothing spectacular.

Service:
Our waiter was excellent. Extremely nice, knowledgeable and had worked at Nana's before. He made sure that we could take our time and watch the sun set as downtown lit up. The hostess as well was very accommodating and gave us possibly the best seat in the house for a view of downtown.

Final Bill:
For the food listed above and one Mojito our bill came out to 146 before tip. On par with your average upscale steak restaurants in Dallas.

Final Verdict:
We will probably visit SER again, but only for our anniversary as it may turn into a tradition. If I'm going for pure food and service, there are other places in the Dallas area that beat out SER fairly easy. Pics below!




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Old 08-19-2013, 07:12 AM
 
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Some of the other stuff one might be able to write off as a, "not meeting your personal preference" kind of thing. However, over-cooking a 22 oz. steak from medium rare to almost well done takes malice or serious incompetence. It's just as likely they served your steak to someone else.
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Old 08-19-2013, 07:17 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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I tried to be as subjective as possible in comparisons to other restaurants. Obviously food is going to be a little different for everyone due to varying pallets. I haven't seen SER(although new) on the top of any food critics lists. I was quite disappointed in the over cooked ribeye. I also highly doubt they served my steak to someone else because if someone is paying $60 for a well done piece of steak, the need be shot..lol. To top if it off, if they did......that may be even more embarrassing than over cooking.

All in all, it was nice, but the food is just not on par yet with other high end restaurants in the Dallas area. Will they suffer greatly for this, probably not for two reasons. The view and the connection to patrons of the Anatole.
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Old 08-19-2013, 07:31 AM
 
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I tried to be as subjective as possible in comparisons to other restaurants. Obviously food is going to be a little different for everyone due to varying pallets. I haven't seen SER(although new) on the top of any food critics lists. I was quite disappointed in the over cooked ribeye. I also highly doubt they served my steak to someone else because if someone is paying $60 for a well done piece of steak, the need be shot..lol. To top if it off, if they did......that may be even more embarrassing than over cooking.

All in all, it was nice, but the food is just not on par yet with other high end restaurants in the Dallas area. Will they suffer greatly for this, probably not for two reasons. The view and the connection to patrons of the Anatole.

Your review was well done - get it - "well done" and appreciated.

To the overcooked steak thesis. A while back we were sitting at III Forks waiting for our food to be brought out. A lady at the next table ordered a baseball cut tenderloin, "extra, extra well done". The waiter said, without pause, "I'd don't think the chef will do that". Long story short the/a chef came out to speak with the lady in the end he double butterflied a tenderloin and brought it out himself. It looked like four pieces of smoking hot black boot leather. You could tell the chef was offended. And the woman ate all of it.
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Old 08-19-2013, 07:34 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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Your review was well done - get it - "well done" and appreciated.

To the overcooked steak thesis. A while back we were sitting at III Forks waiting for our food to be brought out. A lady at the next table ordered a baseball cut tenderloin, "extra, extra well done". The waiter said, without pause, "I'd don't think the chef will do that". Long story short the/a chef came out to speak with the lady in the end he double butterflied a tenderloin and brought it out himself. It looked like four pieces of smoking hot black boot leather. You could tell the chef was offended. And the woman ate all of it.
Hahaha, I love it. Both the pun and story!
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Old 08-19-2013, 08:42 AM
 
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Your review was well done - get it - "well done" and appreciated.

To the overcooked steak thesis. A while back we were sitting at III Forks waiting for our food to be brought out. A lady at the next table ordered a baseball cut tenderloin, "extra, extra well done". The waiter said, without pause, "I'd don't think the chef will do that". Long story short the/a chef came out to speak with the lady in the end he double butterflied a tenderloin and brought it out himself. It looked like four pieces of smoking hot black boot leather. You could tell the chef was offended. And the woman ate all of it.
That is a ton of carcinogens.. OMG!
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