Cadillac Road to Table: Dallas

Posted October 4, 2014 by Stephanie
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A couple weeks ago I was invited to Dallas to go to a Saveur Magazine/Cadillac event hosted at Oak. Of course, I jumped at the chance. Usually I’m a down-home kind of girl who spends her Friday nights in, so heading out to a glitzy-glamourous event was a bit of a dream. I threw on a little black dress (festooned with cats, of course), my ankle boots (we were in Texas, after all!) and got to ride in a fancy Cadillac and have dinner at the gorgeous Oak restaurant.

This post is in partnership with Cadillac


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oak – seriously gorgeous, inside and out

The evening started out at the Perot, where I got to nibble on yuzu tuna crudo on toast before heading into my ride for the evening, the 2015 Cadillac CTS. I have to admit, while we were riding through the city, I had White Walls running through my head. So appropriate – Dallas’ skyline is one of the most colorful. The city never looked so bright with the smooth ride, sun roof open, and a driver willing to go fast. It was one of those pinch me, is this real moments.

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salted caramel dark chocolate tart with banana ice cream and a tiny poof of meringue

Our destination was Oak, where we ate a delicious dinner. We started with a deconstructed Caesar salad: little gem romaine was dressed with anchovies and slivers of parmesan, cut length-wise, and presented like a wedge salad. The salad was followed by a perfectly medium-rare steak with foie, a potato nest and a poached egg. It was decadent, over-the-top, and exactly what I think of when I think of elevated steak and eggs. I thought the steak was good, but what was even better was the salted caramel dark chocolate tart with banana ice cream. While we were eating, I got a chance to meet Oak’s executive chef, Brian Zenner, who told me a little bit about his inspiration for the menu – he wanted big, classic Texas dishes, with simple yet elegant components. I say he nailed it.

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the bar of my dreams

After dinner, I also got to meet Farideh, the director of the test kitchen at Saveur (can you say dream job?!). She was so friendly, I immediately glommed on to her and we had drinks at the gorgeous bar. All-in-all, it was an awesome night. Cadillacs, good food and new friends – what more could a girl want? Thank you Cadillac and Saveur – I had a blast. Texas, y’all haven’t seen the last of me yet!

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PS – The first thing I did when I got into Dallas was head out for chicken fried steak. It was everything I dreamed it would be. I’m sad that I only got to eat two while in Dallas. I think I need to do a chicken fried steak tour of Texas…


  1. Looks gorgeous! Fried chicken tour?! Sign me up!
    Have a lovely weekend Stephanie!

  2. adrian says:

    looks like a fun trip! and a nice ride too :)

  3. molly yeh says:

    omg so fun!!!!! i love that you saved room for chicken fried steak :-P

  4. Sounds like such a fun minivay (minivacay?! miniquicktrip?) I’ve never been to Texas (unless you count DFW aiport) and I’ve never had chicken fried steak! So I’m glad I get to live vicariously through you on both.

  5. Haley Musial says:

    Awesome post! Really enjoyed reading this especially since Texas is my home state. And that bar…. gooooooorrrgeee!

  6. JamieK says:

    Do tell! Where was the chicken fried steak from?

    1. steph says:

      One was from Ellen’s Southern Kitchen and the other was from Stampede 66. Yup! I had two in less than 24 hours ;)

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