4

A Brief Interview with the Short Rib Frites at Ten Bells Tavern

^
Keep Dallas Observer Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free.

Short Rib Frites is one of the share plates at Ten Bells Tavern. Crispy fries are topped with gravy, a velvety Mornay (basically a Bechamel cheese sauce), and a pile of juicy short ribs. The short ribs have a light crisp to them, and a shower of chives give it a little bite.

We sat down with Short Rib Frites on the sun-stroked patio of the Oak Cliff bar to talk crispy fries, why sharing was a goddamn mistake, and how Nick envisions the dark future that is not being able to eat Short Rib Frites every day.

Thanks for being in Dallas and not Canada. (Laughs)

Short Rib Frites: Sure. What's that supposed mean?

You're basically poutine right? I just meant ... we don't have a lot of that here in Dallas.

SRF: (Silence) (Drinking of beer)

OK. So, was it your intention to declare yourself as a "share plate," when you're obviously perfect for one person? And crispy and delicious?

SRF: I find it interesting you didn't say anything to your significant other. You could have easily said, "Hey, this is delicious, let's get another." You have to be honest in a relationship. I'm covered in short rib, which is lightly crisped and layered with a creamy cheese sauce. Creamy cheese sauce. You should have anticipated how good that is, and ordered more.

Ha ha! I probably could have told the waiter, "Bring me five more to go, so I can have Short Rib Frites every day for lunch this week." Man, that would have been crazy. Right?

SRF: Right ...

Your fries stayed crispy, even with that Mornay and gravy sauce folded in. And that light, herbal punch from the chives! It sticks with you, you know?

SRF: OK.

It's really good, is what I'm saying.

SRF: Got it. I mean, you had no problem using your finger to sweep the last few creamy cheese sauce drops left in the cast iron. In public. In front of people. (Laughs loudly) (Orders another beer)

What the hell is your problem? I want you.

SRF: I don't have a problem. Did you just say you want me?

Oh, I actually have to take off.

Ten Bells Tavern is open most of the time, often during the day. It has excellent bar food and beers. It's at 232 W 7th St, Dallas, TX 75208.

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.

 

Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.