Nick & Sam’s in Dallas

Having been on low-carb diet for the last few months, steak houses are high on my “safe to eat at” list. One of the ones I have enjoyed quite a bit in Dallas is Nick & Sam’s, located in the Turtle Creek area, at 3008 Maple Avenue.

My favorite dish there is a long bone, dry aged, 22 oz. Cowboy Rib Eye, which has truffle butter melted over it. However, last night, I discovered much to my chagrin that they were out of this wonderful treat.

I splurged instead for a 13 oz. Kobe rib eye, which I was told was so tender you could cut it with a fork. Sadly, that wasn’t the case, although it was quite tender and flavorful, but it was also heavily over salted, which for an expensive cut like that, was a real shame. Mind you, it didn’t stop me from eating it all, although in retrospect, had I had a bit less Zinfandel to drink, I should have returned it to the kitchen and gotten a much less salted cut.

The wait staff was very attentive, and we all enjoyed appetizers. I had a half portion of the diver scallops (delightful!), while my companions had a iceberg wedge salad drizzled with bleu cheese and the beefsteak tomato and mozzarella with pesto dressing. Both of my fellow diners also enjoyed the filet mignon, which was excellent and not salty like my Kobe ribeye. All vegetables were separate sides, and we had asparagus, creamed spinach (without the carb-loaded bread crumbs), and mushrooms.

For dessert, we received complimentary glasses of port, and one of my fellow diners ordered the chocolate souffle cake with a side of strawberries (my willpower failed at this point – first time in two months, no doubt due to the wine consumption) – absolutely excellent.

In the three times I’ve been at Nick & Sam’s in the last 6 months, the Kobe ribeye was the only disappointment I encountered. However, it should be noted that Nick & Sam’s is not for those on a budget either. You definitely pay for top cuts of meat and seafood, as well as the incredible wine selection and service.

I rate Nick & Sam’s an 8.5 out of 10.0 on The Richter Scale.