• Restaurant Recommendation: The French Room

     
    POSTED October 2, 2018
     

    The Adolphus’ Storied Restaurant Makes Short Work of Milestone Moments

As precisely plated seared foie gras graced with gooseberry and farro appeared, the table for 10 had a collective intake of breath. As if The French Room at The Adolphus, one of Dallas’ finest—and most famed—boutique hotels wasn’t captivating its guests already, the seven-course tasting menu from executive chef Anthony Dispensa became a revelation. 

Planners, sometimes you just need to pull out all the stops, right? And I strongly suggest you do so in the rarified plane above the honed marble floor and beneath the Italian Murano glass chandeliers of The French Room. The recipient of numerous awards and critical acclaim, the restaurant has hosted countless special dinners and milestone moments. 

While the menu draws on French culinary traditions and methodology, it sacrifices nothing for taste. 

Thoughtful wine pairings and tableside flourishes turn a meal into memories, especially when dinner begins with artisanal cocktails in the adjacent French Room Bar and includes a leisurely look at The French Room Salon’s curated collection of contemporary art. The 42-piece collection ranges from drawings and collages to photography and painting, all by artists with a deep tie to Texas.

Who says you can’t have a meeting without some pampering mixed in? Several hot springs resorts in the U.S. Mountain West can accommodate smaller meetings complete with lodging, function space, din- ing and soaking. Some even have on-site spas and other standout features like an ice museum or microbrewery to include on an itinerary.

 

Erase any vision you might have of a dude ranch, especially the “City Slicker” version. For the purposes of this story, let’s use the name ranch resort and picture a big dose of vision and thousands of acres for both herds and people to roam. It’s a fairly different option, but one with similar friendliness and the Western spirit of a dude ranch.

 

To say Wisconsin is having a moment would be an understatement. A statewide renaissance resulting in plenty of new developments, impressive renovations and entrepreneurial ventures has been years in the making and shows no sign of slowing anytime soon.