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tx scratch kitchen steakWhen you get a comfort-food itch, look to Texas Scratch Kitchen.

Recently opened in the former Coconut’s Fish Cafe digs on Lover’s Lane (RIP yummy fish tacos), this new concept offered up one surprise after another when they invited us in to check out the dinner menu.

To us, the restaurant name implies homey dishes without much nuance, but we’re still talking about some of the fantastic dishes we savored on a recent Friday night.

In an indulgent evening that saw one spectacular plate after another cross our table, the biggest standout for us was the impeccable pork chop (pictured above).

The T-bone cut is cooked to your desired temperature (we recommend medium) and topped with a cilantro, Mexican tarragon and peptic pesto. (We despise cilantro and still found this accent to be delightful.) The chop is then placed atop a cotija pozole and served with tender baby squash. We ate around the hominy in the pozole (childhood habit) and simply dunked each and every juicy bite into the glorious, rich, cheesy sauce.

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Other standouts include a generous shrimp and blue crab cocktail (served with Patrón tequila cocktail sauce!) and a “Little Tokyo Crunch” salad topped with rare seared tuna. Fried okra is also a must.

The special of the night was a twelve-ounce rib-eye and despite not being a Prime cut, it was one of the best steaks we’ve had all year. Perfectly cooked, tender, and not overly marbled, it was simply divine and would be a welcome addition to the permanent menu.

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Wines by the bottle are the real bargain when compared to the by-the-glass price, so bring along friends who like the same varietals as you.

Or do like us and order a bottle per person.

Because when food’s this good, why compromise?

Texas Scratch Kitchen
5600 West Lovers Lane, Suite 110, Dallas
www.txscratchkitchen.com

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