|Article and Photos by DWDJ Contributor Kate Sherga|
It's officially beginning to feel like fall in Dallas and at Sundown at Granada, it's starting to taste like it too! The fall/winter menu is in full swing with the addition of two appetizers, three entrees, and two cocktails to shake things up. These new menu items are gorgeously composed with bright colors, vivid fall flavors, and just a hint of the Louisiana flair Chef Jason West is known for.
For starters, the Sicilian Crispy Calamari is a fun twist on the traditional appetizer. The colors are drop-dead gorgeous, but this dish is more than just a pretty face. With banana peppers, fresh greens, and big bites of roasted garlic, this calamari is full of surprises. There's a bit of a Cajun kick, but it's the saltiness of the olives that's the real showstopper.
Speaking of beautiful colors, the Herb-Roasted Carnival Cauliflower could not be more brilliant, both in appearance and taste. Without a doubt, this is the best cauliflower I've ever had. It's the kind of dish that makes you question why cauliflower has never lived up to these kinds of expectations ever before in your life. The cauliflower is perfectly cooked, along with the deliciously smooth tahini-whipped feta, accented by the sweetness of the golden raisins. I honestly think this was one of the most perfectly balanced dishes of the night... and this coming from a die-hard carnivore!
Now, onto the entrees! If you're looking for the epitome of fall-flavored comfort food, the Wild Mushroom and Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto hits the nail on the head. You really can't go wrong with that creamy risotto, a touch of chai, and the satisfying crunch from the pumpkin seeds.
If you're a meat-eater, the Seasonal Texas Short Rib is a solid, safe bet. Meltingly tender, each piece is so easy to cut through, you can get by with only using your fork. The chimichurri is a fun touch with a lively, vibrant flavor that adds dimension and zest to the meal. And if that's not enough, there's the added bite from the German potato salad complete with hefty chunks of bacon in it.
Saving my favorite entree for last, the Brown Sugar and Dijon-Glazed Salmon is served with mind-numbingly good shrimp and grits. For me, this is a perfect meal. There's a little bit of sweetness in the sauce, cheesiness in the grits, and meatiness to the salmon that rounds out the entire dish. I can't wait to go back and order this again!
If you're craving a cocktail, there's way more fall flavors than pumpkin spice to quench your thirst. Have the bartender whip you up a Seasonal Rita, which features Cazadores Silver with pomegranate liqueur and allspice dram, or the Johnny Appleseed, which combines whiskey, applesauce, and maple syrup. Cheers!
Check out the latest seasonal offerings at Sundown at Granada:
3520 Greenville Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75206