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Modern, plush and inviting doesn't begin to describe this hot spot that hits all the concepts in the chic restaurant-lounge instruction manual. The 5500 square-foot Dish is bedazzled. It has lighting fit for a club; coves for intimate rendezvous; geometric bump-outs on the walls; chain-mail drapery; and a patio that channels an island getaway. The affordable menu includes selections with locally sourced items (barbecue braised short ribs with Lucky Layla buttery mash) as well as unique cocktails (strawberry basil margarita). It's as if nightlife impresario Tim McEneny (LIFT and Dragonfly at Hotel ZaZa) and his partner/chef Doug Brown (Beyond the Box) were gunning for a sure thing.
This year for Valentine's Day, my wife and I decided to try out Dish. The atmosphere inside wasn't exactly what I would describe as romantic, just kind of uppity and eclectic. I didn't really appreciate being seated a solid 18-inches from the loud, brazen couple next to us either. While Dish certainly isn't responsible for their customers, I do hold them responsible for my proximity to them.
One thing to be cautious of is the confusing nature of their restrooms. There is one main door to a unisex lavatory, and then the men's and ladies' rooms split off from there. When you walk in and see three ladies washing their hands, it sort of makes you do a double-take.
There were several tempting options on the menu, but I settled on the BBQ Braised Short Ribs, which came with buttery mashed potatoes and fried onions. Set before me were three gigantic short ribs, bones already removed. They were so tender I could have used a plastic spoon to cut them. I'm guessing the short ribs came out of a pressure cooker rather than a smoker. Regardless, they were full of flavor. The fried onions also added a pleasant crispiness to each bite, and they paired well with both the short ribs and the mashed potatoes.
Uncomfortable atmosphere aside, the food at Dish was really good. I think we would probably go back there for dinner, just not for Valentine's Day.
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