Dallas >Food & Dining > Meddlesome Moth
1621 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX | Directions 7520732.796965 -96.820150
Neighborhoods: West Dallas, West Texas
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So, here is my story, I was planning a birthday party for wife. She had seen some really good reviews for Meddlesome Moth, and the pictures looked really cool. I call the restaurant in order to make the reservation. The lady who answers tells me that I must contact the event coordinator to make this reservation. I email the event coordinator telling her that we expect around 10 people. Then we have a few more people decide to join us. So, it will be around 15 people. She responds saying that a set menu is required for 12 or more people. When she said set menu, I thought that this meant "limited" menu. I was drastically wrong. She said that she would send me the set menu the next morning which was the day of the reservation. The next morning I receive an email which includes a set menu and a contract. She had never ever mentioned anything about a contract. The set menu literally was a set menu. They chose the plates for each course, so there would not be any choices whatsoever for my guests. Additionally, the minimum rate for 12 or more people was $754. This would end up being around $50 for each of my guests. And that did not even include drinks or gratuity. I thought that this was very unprofessional, and we were very disappointed. We had scramble to find another place. And we ended up going to Coal Vines which was amazing! When I called and asked to make the reservation for 15 people, and they responded saying that this would not be a problem. It was that easy. Amazing, what good business will do for you.
This place hordes their best beers – This is a bar that hordes their best beers in the back for employees and special occasions that one must be invited to. I highly recommend going to the Common Table which is only a couple miles from the Moth. Their beer selection is just as good, but they actually let you purchase their rare-find beers. One more thing, one of the mangers at the Moth (Tim) is quick to jump on people having fun there if you're too loud or too rowdy. However, the management at the Common Table will hang out with you and get to know your name. They treat you like you're welcome there.
Beer Glory – I just recently moved to dallas a while ago (little over a week to be exact) and I am certainly looking for the best places to visit, great places to eat and obviously, delicious places to go have good beer and drinks, but cheap. After moving, paying housing costs, moving costs, and everything else, one ends with limited budget.
I found this site online: beeradvocate beerfly/city/31 where it shows nice breweries here. I decided I am taking a tour, going one by one to see which my favorite spot is. The first one on the list, Meddlesome Moth.
As a newbie to the Dallas scenario, i find it interesting how they decorate the place and the menu with things that are very particular to the area. The beer is great, not too many foods to choose from, but they are good.
I cant wait to go to the second one on the list!
Beer Temple – I, too, wanted to see what the hubbub was about this place, so I took my wife and daughter (in for the weekend) to try it out.
I confess I'm not a serious beer-drinker, more like an eager amateur whose palate tends toward Mexican-style beers. I was raised on Coors and Bud and would occasionally upgrade to Michelob to show my independence. Of course, while In college, I drank whatever was cheapest -- Hello Old Milwaukee!
We thought we'd try one of their flights ($12.00) chosen by Captain (I forget). Of the five 5oz. beers that arrived, we were only able to finish one of them happily. That was a Belgian Ale. Another one we finished only reluctantly, and we left the other three of them alone after the first sips. Undrinkable! I know they must have some beers we'd like what with such a huge selection and all, but we should have chosen ourselves instead of putting our fate in the Captain's hands. (Normally, I would have thought the waitress would have noticed we didn't drink most of our flight and inquired as to why we didn't like our beers, but she didn't. I would have been glad to try something else).
Now as to the food. Be warned, they have a VERY small lunch menu. My daughter had the Moules Frites (mussels and french fries). She loved the mussels because of their freshness and their white wine, lemon and thyme laden sauce. She didn't like the fries, though, because they were limp and thinnish. She likes her french fries crispy on the outside, as do I.
I had Shrimp and grits, which tasted like polenta to me, served in a creamy sauce that I would have liked to swim in. It was that good.
I did think the place was a bit pricey, but then I'm from the boon-docks of Arlington, so I'm no judge of Dallas restaurant standards.
The decor was interesting with several unique Dallas items that are described in detail on their menu. For example, the have the stained glass windows from the closed Dallas Hard Rock Cafe. The floor was the showroom tiles from the tile store that formerly occupied the place. Dark woods on the walls. Very nicely done. Even the bathrooms would have made Home Beautiful.
Next time I come, I'll either talk to the bartender to help me select a beer I'll come closer to liking, or bring along a beer connoisseur to help me out.
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