Concert Reviews

Inside Pat Green's Massive New Venue and Restaurant in Dallas, The Rustic

"Hello! Here we have calf-fries with a touch of Tabasco, would you like one?" asks an attractive female server wearing tighter-than-tight jeans and boots.

For the first time in this Texan's life, the answer was yes, and it's a good thing it was (spicy wild boar meatballs and juicy shards of fried cactus were also warmly welcomed by this native Texan). The way in which the seemingly crude appetizer of deep-fried balls from some farm animal wasn't only tasty, but an elevated form of hors d'oeuvre, made for the best metaphor to describe the opening night of The Rustic -- a mix of whimsical Texas charm, Dallas money and good ol' fashioned creative vision.

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