Each time I try a new place, I walk in with a flurry of excitement and my taste buds standing at attention. My expectations are usually a little high, but with DISH they were matched.
On my first visit here, I was with a group of nine taking advantage of the Yelp! Eats deal ($25 for three courses à la KERA Restaurant Week – and yes, this was quite a while ago) and DISH was our restaurant of choice. Dinner was at 6 p.m., Wicked was at 8 p.m. … and that apparently wasn’t a great plan. After reminding our waitress multiple times and urging her to quicken her step, we still missed the first scene. Despite the somewhat slow service, our waitress was very nice and suggested some great cocktails and food choices.
We all agreed on some flatbread for the table and that was the best choice we made all night! The mushroom flatbread was to-die AND was half off – it doesn’t get better than that. As for the salads, they are fresh and nicely presented but watch out for the juicy tomatoes … they may squirt and ruin your neighbor’s new, white shirt (sorry, Brando!). The food menu has a wide range of options from pasta to short ribs that fall apart and will haunt your dreams they are so good. It is their take on comfort food.
As for drinks, they have very inventive drinks that they have dubbed “culinary inspired drinks”. If you’re looking for a sweet drink, try the Prairie Pomegranate Mojito, the Kiss & Tell, or the Strawberry Basil Margarita. For more masculine options, go for a Manhattan becase the whole bar menu is skewed sweet.
The restaurant itself is very edgy. The decore is quite innovative and, be prepared, the bathrooms are coed. Most everyone there is interested in men anyway, so it doesn’t get awkward. The wait staff is, on the whole, incredibly hospitable. On my second visit, which was for a friend’s birthday, they brought a round of champagne for the table and a complimentary dessert. Not too shabby.
Extra tip: Parking is really difficult around the restaurant so definitely have a couple bucks so you can valet.
Go in with deep pockets and an appetite, you’ll need both. Save room for dessert.
Drink strength: 4
Monday-Friday, 4-7 p.m. & Thursday, 9-11 p.m.
$2 off specialty cocktails, $4 calls, 1/2 price flatbread