STEP AWAY FROM THE ORDINARY AND STEP UP TO THE NEW DAKOTAS

Man About Town
2016
January/February

Well, here we are again.  Yep, it was fall a year ago that Linda Rudd and Steve Hellmuth hosted a huge Man About Town party at the new Dakotas “of yesterday”.  It was a smash.   We said at the end of that article, “We went to the mountain top of fine dining.  But, this is just the beginning.  There is more a-comin’ with Dakotas!  Stay tuned for the next enhancement coming soon.  It’s gonna knock your socks off!”

Guess what?  The mountain top just got higher.  Dakotas has moved to it new location in La Piazza Center, 4803 Old Bullard Road (903.581.6700) and created from the ground up a Taj Mahal of fine dining.  Elegance is an understatement for this outstanding destination environment which is thoroughly stunning.

The shock and awe of the stately interiors begins upon entry.  The theme of genuine mahogany wood trim and light chocolate walls, dark wooden plank floors, Tiffany’s-look stain glass chandeliers and distinctive paintings of large tigers, lions, and leopards is carried throughout.  The dining room is large, but cozy and warm with mahogany wainscoting, ceiling beams and crown moldings, romantic indirect lighting and multicolored chandeliers.  A wall of windows and sliding glass doors form the entire north wall affords easy access to the semi covered outdoor patio that will eventually include a “show stopping” water feature and garden area.

Then there’s the bar.  Oh my, what a bar!  One wall is floor to ceiling mahogany, two walls are floor to ceiling glass with patio access and the final wall frames the entire room with a fully stocked beverage and service bar.  The highlight of the room is a giant eighteen seat horseshoe bar topped with Italian Red Onex that, with the LED lights beneath, has a volcanic lava look in colors of orange, black and white with a marble swirl effect.  It’s worth a few drinks just to sit at and experience this one-of-a-kind bar in all of East Texas.  

The brand new Dakotas has plenty of space for private room dinning—two rooms for 15 or 35 or one large group of 50. Want catering? They still offer that fine Dakotas' catering experience.

You may experience this world class restaurant Monday—Friday, 11:00 - 2:00 lunch and 5:00 - 10:00, dinner; Saturday 10:00 - 2:00 Brunch, ($3.00 Mimosas, $4.00 Bloody Mary’s) and 5:00 - 10:00 dinner.  They remain open daily 2:00 - 5:00 for appetizers and drinks.  Closed Sundays.  Happy Hour is 4:00 - 7:00 weekdays with lady’s night on Wednesday and ½ price drinks for the ladies (open till midnight Friday-Saturday).  Enjoy live music on the weekends. 

Linda and Steve graciously hosted a full scale intimate dinner for our group of eight.  It was over the top!  The feast began with mixed drinks of choice and the finest of wine along with giant crab claws in lemon butter garlic sauce, Dakotas' unique Oysters Rockefeller and Oyster grilled in lemon butter, red onions, bell peppers, with Ramona cheese (which could be a dinner by themselves—so-o-o good).  Entrees included America Prime Beef, Texas Wagyu Blend, grilled to perfection and beautifully displayed and fresh sautéed Tilapia fillets.  Top all of this off with house specialty desserts of Godiva Chocolate Cake, Chocolate Soufflé Lave Cake with Molten Center, NY Cheese Cake, Kentucky Bourbon Pie and Bourbon Pecan Pie, both topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and you have a marvelous night of gastronomical sinfulness…but there is great pleasure in such sinning. 

One last trip to the bar was in order.  So, we eased in to a full to capacity bar, which is neither seen nor heard of by the patrons in the dining room. After glad handing a number of good ole friends and a night cap or two we made our way out of Dakotas' winter wonderland into the night and made our way home.

So if you’re out and about, look for us, we’ll be about town.

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