Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Family gals and new places

Last night, we had a girls only family dinner. My aunt Tammy lives out of state in California and Idaho ( yes both). She is in town because we had my great aunts funeral this past Saturday. Aunt Edith was my grandma Mimi's older sister.  I suggested us all getting together one night this week so that we could hang out, have a glass of wine, and have fun outside of a funeral.  Last night was best for everyone so we met in Addison which is suburb of Dallas that was in between where we all live.

We had dinner at a great new place that i had never been to before. It was called Ida Claire's.
 On the website, its introduced as  Ida Claire- South of Ordinary... an intriguing, southern inspired destination for relaxing suppers, slow weekend brunching or a meeting hub for business lunches and happy hour.
Instead of happy hour  they have a Vinyl hour. They select a vinyl record and play it in its entirety from 3 to 6 with drink specials and appetizers only available then.  We had vinyl red  ( only 5$) which was their house blend and it was so good!  We asked our waiter to tell us what the label was called and he said Haze.  I'll be on the lookout for that!
The menu was very unique. Everything on it had its own twist of something different . They're most sold item is their homemade  fried chicken that is battered and fried at time of order. They also have chicken and waffles that came with egg sunny side up. Thats what scared me,  LOL- i hate runny eggs.  I had the shrimp and grits with the piquant sauce on the side and i never added it.  The grits were parmesan grits and they were wonderful!
This is just the Supper plate menu: I recommend you clicking on my link above and checking out their appetizers, drinks, and site items.  So good!
Wood Grilled Chicken
AFRICAN SPICED HALF CHICKEN,
COLLARD GREENS, GOLDEN
RAISINS, DELICATA SQUASH,
MASALA TOMATO SAUCE
• 18 •
Shrimp & Grits
TEXAS GULF PRAWNS,
BACON, PARMESAN GRITS,
SAUCE PIQUANT
• 19 •
Wood Grilled Snapper
CAST IRON SEARED OKRA,
CAMPARI TOMATOES, ALMONDS,
MINT, BASIL CHIMMICHURRI
• 19 •
WILD ISLES
SEA TROUT
MOROCCAN SPICED,
ROASTED BEETS, PICKLED
GRAPES, PRALINE PECANS,
FENNEL, LEMON YOGURT
• 22 •
Nashville Hot Fried
Chicken
SPICY CRISP HALF CHICKEN,
PIMENTO CHEESE TOAST, PICKLED
CUCUMBERS AND ONIONS
COOKED TO ORDER. FRESH TAKES TIME.
• 17 •
Pecan Smoked
Pork Chop
ASIAGO GREEN BEANS, FIGS,
BASIL, TASSO BUTTER
• 19 •
Chicken & Waffles
BACON LACED BELGIAN WAFFLE,
SUNNY SIDE UP EGGS, CRISPY
TENDERS, COFFEE MAPLE SYRUP,
BLACK PEPPER GRAVY
• 15 •
Wood Grilled Redfish
ROASTED CAULIFLOWER,
SPICED HAZELNUTS, GOLDEN
RAISINS, SAFFRON AIOLI
• 26 •
Braised Beef Short
Rib
GRILLED BROCCOLINI,
TOMATOES, OYSTER MUSHROOMS,
CORNBREAD CROUTONS


We ordered a slice of their pie of the day which was coconut creme and a slice of their Vice cake ( chocolate cake with bacon in the ganache icing).  All it was so good!!
The decorations were awesome. Yall know that i collect bird cages right? Well i was in Heaven because in one corner of the restuarant, they had at least a dozen of cool vintage birdcages hanging from the ceiling with lights in the them.  I'm already thinking of doing that at my house somewhere!
On the back patio is an airstream decorated so cool. You can actually dine in the car and of course it was always reserved. They had old vintage metal patio chairs outside.  On one of the walls inside they had old plates like hundreds of them hung.  I didnt get pics of everything.

Its always fun to try new places and especially when its good and yummy! I'll definitely be back.

It was nice to visit with my cousins that i really dont get to see very often unless its a funeral or family event.  We all said we would try to do better and get together more often. I hope so!! 

13 comments:

  1. What a cool place! I love the vinyl theme. Plus all of the vintage decorations... :)!

    I'm sorry you had to go to another funeral, but you found a silver lining by spending quality time with your family!

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    1. It was nice to see family for a fun night and no tears!!
      The vintage touch was my favorite for me at the restaurant.

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  2. Hi, Holli!

    Well, I deh-clare, Ida Claire looks like my kind of place! Mrs. Shady and I are always on the lookout for unique dining experiences and we love places that are decorated imaginatively. I'd love to see those vintage bird cages with lights inside! The food is just my style, too. I am a seafood lover and these dinner selections caught my eye and have my mouth watering:

    WILD ISLES
    SEA TROUT
    MOROCCAN SPICED,
    ROASTED BEETS, PICKLED
    GRAPES, PRALINE PECANS,
    FENNEL, LEMON YOGURT

    Wood Grilled Redfish
    ROASTED CAULIFLOWER,
    SPICED HAZELNUTS, GOLDEN
    RAISINS, SAFFRON AIOLI

    Wood Grilled Snapper
    CAST IRON SEARED OKRA,
    CAMPARI TOMATOES, ALMONDS,
    MINT, BASIL CHIMMICHURRI

    I looked it up and it appears there is only one Ida Claire restaurant, the one you visited. I was hoping it is a chain and one might open here in Central Florida in the near future.

    It looks like you had a wonderful ladies' night at Ida Claire. You have the biggest, brightest and best smile I have ever seen. No one would guess that you have had so much heartache to deal with this past year. Enjoy the rest of your week, dear friend Holli!

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    1. My cousin had the redfish and it was DELICIOUS!!! Very mild but great flavor. My aunt Tammy had the Sea trout and it was more like salmon which wasnt my favorite. It was good but i dont think i would have liked more than a few bites.
      Thank you for your sweet compliment. It felt good to smile with my family. We've cried too much lately.

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  3. That looks like a great place to eat - yummy supper menu! What a nice photo of all of you!

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    1. Thanks Pamela, i think my aunts, cousins,stepmom and grandmother are beautiful!! I am looking forward to going back and trying something different.

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  4. You had me at Parmesan grits. What a concept!

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    1. You can order them as side dish which is what my cousin Dusty did alongside a salad. I can honestly go back and make a meal from the sides. They had asiago green beans which i wanted but didnt order and pimento cheese mac and cheese that our waiter said sells out. So good!

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  5. Sounds like such fun. I love the pictures!

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    1. Thanks Paula, it was nice to be around family i dont see very often. The food was so good too!

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  6. That place looks amazing! I would love to eat there. The menu looks terrific.

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    1. It is so cool! Different and yummy!

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  7. What a great evening you had. The menu sounds awesome! So glad you got to do this with the girls.

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