Ever considered eating at this four-diamond restaurant – but daunted by the price tag? Ah, the beauty of the Go Texan Restaurant Round-Up. Now through Friday, October 2nd, enjoy the nearby bounty of Texas meat, fish and produce, all prepared by the innovative Executive Chef Jonathan Gelman and Chef de Cuisine Stephen Bonin. At $39 (not including alcohol), we found the three-course meal at the stately Grill to be a pretty stellar deal. Take, for example, the beautiful Bella Verdi green salad we munched on, dressed in a garlic-pink peppercorn vinaigrette, and playfully held together by a parmesan bric dough. Or the antelope short ribs from Broken Arrow Ranch that are served with Austin Farmers Market tomatoes and Brussels sprouts. “Nice opening act,” I commented, secretly wondering if the Grande Dame of Austin eateries could turn out equally fine subsequent courses? My husband described his entrée, a fresh Texas pea tortellini bathed in basil pesto and studded with olive oil powder and Earl Grey tea-orange blossoms, as “tragically hip”. (It didn’t keep him from eating every morsel, and mopping up the plate with a piece of French bread.) I, on the other hand, took the Texas Gulf bait. Seared Gulf snapper on a bed of rapini, lentils, aged black garlic, and tomato butter proved to be a sterling choice – flavorful, healthy, and the perfect size. Pastry chef, Tony Sansalone, knows how to quietly dazzle as well. During the Driskill Grill’s Go-Texan Restaurant Round Up, you’ll enjoy an apple tart with homemade vanilla ice cream or a chocolate raspberry gateau – sweet denouements to a theatrical evening of impeccable food and atmosphere.
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