Honestly, I'm not familiar with all the fine dining options in Forth Worth, but I have to believe that Grace is at the top of the list. The menu, while not especially innovative, covers all the bases, the food quality is exceptional, the service attentive and professional, and the dining environment might be best described as "uptown adult." In short, Grace could easily have been lifted straight out of any cosmopolitan city... it's that satisfying. So much for Fort Worth's "cow-town" reputation.
I opted for a Neiman Ranch filet with Bearnaise. (The Bearnaise, by the way, was excellent... it's surprising how many "better" restaurants manage to screw this up), and a creative take on the traditional French frisee salad, complete with poached egg, lardons and asparagus. One of Grace's other specialties is its wine list. I was dining alone on this occasion, so I ordered by the glass, and the options were surprisingly numerous and excellent. But the list offers a wide range of choices and price points.
As a single diner, I fully expected to eat at the bar as Open Table showed the restaurant full between 6:00 and 9:00 pm. But when I mentioned the bar option to the hostess, the owner overheard the conversation and led me to a pleasant corner booth where I dined while enjoying a commanding view of an energetic Friday night crowd.
I should also mention that Grace does a lot for the community. Full disclosure, here, I'm the board chair of Real School Gardens -- a growing national organization that builds learning gardens in elementary schools serving low income neighborhoods. Grace hosts an annual benefit dinner for our kids, featuring produce grown in our gardens. Pretty cool, eh?
But Grace's philanthropic efforts aside, I'd frequent this restaurant simply because the food is excellent, the service good, and the environment, sophisticated. All the stuff I look for in a restaurant -- and all the stuff I'm betting you'll enjoy, too.
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