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TRAINING TABLE

by Dylan Grant

tillman’s Roadhouse

shops are on every street and there’s a friendliness that just oozes out of every business. The interior walls of Tillman’s are bare pine wood with

PETA-friendly wooden deer heads mounted on them. There’s even a private room that seats 20 and is designed with real birch tree branches that makes you feel like you’re eating in Sherwood Forest. Owner Sarah Tillman described her menu as “gourmet

chuck wagon”. She said it with a laugh, but it seems pretty fitting. A few friends had already tested the Tillman waters

for us and suggested that we try the fries for a starter. They were right. Trio of Fries consists of a sampling of Parmesan black pepper, chili-dusted and smoked salt

fries. All are a great appetizers and part of the uniqueness of Tillman’s. For entrees, I went with the Chipotle BBQ Ribs on white

cheddar Mac-N-Cheese. The presentation was great. Instead of the ribs still on the rack like you see almost everywhere else, Tillman’s pulls them apart and stacks them like Lincoln Logs. I wouldn’t have mattered how they were served because they were delicious and meaty. My husband went even more rustic with the Chicken

Fried Hanger Steak. I’m not much of a chicken fried steak person but he loved it along with the buttermilk mashed potatoes and charred poblano gravy. Just to make sure we had a good sampling of the variety, Sarah brought out Venison Frito Pie. The deer meat is from South America and was awesome. I believe the Fritos are from Plano and were something special. Not that we had any room left over for dessert, but they forced it on us. I’m glad they did.

First the S’mores

f atmosphere has anything to do with a dining experience, then there’s little chance that you won’t enjoy Tillman’s Roadhouse. I just loved everything about this place. Located in the Bishop Arts District of North Oak Cliff, Tillman’s has a feeling that makes you want to come back with new friends to show it

off. The whole Bishop Arts District is becoming more and more of a great Dallas neighborhood. Restaurants and little

Tableside. Orange, maple and coffee marshmallows are brought out along with graham crackers and a dark chocolate bar. The rest is up to you. They bring out a small fire pot and you make like a Boy Scout and make your own S’mores.

Needless to say the desserts were just as good as the rest of the meal. The menu may be a bit eclectic and the restaurant is a little off the beaten path, but Tillman’s is a place that you have to experience and it’s best experienced with a few friends. The best thing I can say about it is that I can’t wait to go back.

Locaton: 324 West 7th Street, Dallas | Web: www.tillmansroadhouse.com

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