What: comfort food
Where: Bishop Arts District (Dallas)
After having driven past Oddfellows once or twice in the Bishop Arts District, the outside of the building was enough to get me to want to come in. With a cute wrap around bar seating area on the outside and the painted wood with the quaint awning, it just screams cozy. Add a bike rack to it, and it’s hip.
The inside was no different. Comortable as can be, the lighting is just right and you feel like you’re at home. Perfect for a romantic date and even for a big group of friends, Oddfellows is great for any type of meal and outing.
The number of Four Square check-ins at Oddfellows was shocking. So were the number of tips (37 of them). To me, this means it’s a great restaurant, especially for the hip and trendy. And there were plenty of hipster patrons–from the red puffy vest with the tag still on it (is that cool now?) to the dapper-looking flannel clad young father and his family, holding his phone up to “Shazam” what song was playing at that moment. But no worries if you don’t feel “cool”, the waiters and waitresses are extremely accommodating and very friendly to all.
I’ve heard the brunch at Oddfellows is awesome. I saw their extensive coffee list and gigantic coffee brewer, so I’m sure it’s a treat. We went in for dinner, and after a night of drinking, the menu was drool-worthy. I got the shroom burger with fries, a panko crusted portabella mushroom sandwich with their Oddfellows sauce and veggies. It was sort of odd the way it was fried…I guess I didn’t read the entire description when I read the menu. I was expecting a grilled portabella burger. The fries were awesome though.
Other menu items that caught my eye were the summer grilled vegetable pasta, the fish and chips and the grilled veggie sandwich press. Oh, and the open-faced ice cream sandwich–I’ll be back for you.
All in all it was a great experience. I won’t be ordering the shroom burger again, but the coziness of the place is well worth the drive from the SMU bubble. Can’t wait to try their brunch.