Dining in Dallas: Cafe Izmir

July 8, 2010

Today I’m hungry for travel.  Billy and I love to travel to new places together and we have some very exciting travel plans coming up in the next several months.  We also like to have Wednesday night date nights.  We went bowling a couple of weeks ago and had a blast.  Though we sometimes feel “stuck” in Dallas, we can explore different cultures through creative dining experiences.  Last night we decided to have dinner at Cafe Izmir for Mediterranean tapas.  They offer $14 bottles of wine on Wednesdays and are touted as having Dallas’ best hummus.  Sold!

When we arrived, we had a choice of patio seating (covered patio) or indoor seating (very dimly lit and freezing).  We chose a perfect table on the patio.

We took our time looking over the menu as the patio became more and more crowded.  Almost every table was full.

We ordered a bottle of red wine from the $14 special list.

And some hummus with grilled pita bread.

The hummus was SUPER garlicky.  I’m a garlic lover but in my opinion, it was a tad too much.   The grilled pita bread had good flavor but most of the pieces were cracker-like in texture.  I would have preferred pillowy, soft pita bread.

We decided what we wanted to order and marked it on the sheet they provided.

Then, with zero warning, the rain came!  And it came hard.  So hard that it began to leak through the ceiling of the covered patio and drip on most of the patrons and their tables.  People moved inside immediately and they offered us a table inside but we just rearranged our chairs and decided to stay since these Texas torrential downpours often leave as quickly as they came.

The table next to ours.

Billy ordered the beef kabob – juicy, char grilled, seasoned lean ground beef.

And the lamb roll – slow roasted shredded leg of lamb with pico de gallo wrapped in a hot tortilla.

And the Piroshki – spiced beef, vegetables, and goat cheese wrapped in lavash bread then sautéed until crisp.

I ordered the grilled portabella mushrooms – marinated, sautéed and grilled to mouth-watering perfection.  They were amazing (although not the most photogenic dish)!

And the grilled veggies – fresh vegetables sautéed and then grilled.  This was a real winner.  Broccoli, zucchini, yellow squash, bell pepper, button mushrooms, sweet potato, asparagus, grilled corn and pineapple.

The rain let up and the sun began to set, creating a beautiful outdoor ambience.

There was live music right inside the bar.

A lovely date night!

What is your favorite thing to do if you are going out at night?  Dining, drinking, movies, concerts?

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