Winspear Opera House's Petite Sandwich Redefines "Petite." And "Sandwich."

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Last night the Winspear Opera House played host to Kathleen Edwards, a Canadian folk and country singer, and Bon Iver. The opera house, a marvel of modern architectural and sound design, makes for a life-shifting experience when the music is good.

I wish I could say the same for the food and drink.

I don't mind that my beer was warm and served in a rickety plastic cup (the same cups that overturned in the concert hall to make a racket during every quiet moment in the show). It was the petite sandwich that really captured my attention.

Priced at $6, the petite sandwich comes in roast beef (pictured), turkey and ham varieties, and comes garnished with a tiny cornichon and a pear-shaped baby tomato. I waited in line for a second (warm) beer and pondered my choices.

"I'd like the petite roast beef," I said, when my turn had arrived. The attendant told me they were out, but I could have turkey if I like.

"I'd like the petite turkey sandwich please," I responded, with extra enthusiasm.

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At this price point you'd have to spend $28.80 to get a 12-inch hoag
Behold. The petite turkey ham sandwich returned to its original and more honest form. The four sandwich slices stacked and held together with a fancy bamboo toothpick add up to an impressive 2.5 inches of deli deliciousness. Paired with a crafty glass that makes six ounces look like a West Virginia pour ($9), the sandwich made for fancy eatin' indeed.

I realize I'm eating at a concert, and that most patrons have lower expectations when dining at a music venue, but this is hardly an excuse for assembling an egregiously wallet-raping menu that's not any good. This is an opera house. The Kennedy Center, in D.C., manages to assemble a full-service restaurant and cafe in addition to curating top performance talent. La Grange served me a better tasting taco this weekend. For $2. During an alt-country show.

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The Winspear Opera House

2403 Flora St., Dallas, TX

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16 comments
brian
brian

is is so hard to get a sort of coffee shop/street cafe/dessert bistro open after the events in the arts district? seriously after an opera getting a coffee and some pie would be awesome. don't get me started on the wyly/winspear "box office" issue...ugh

Justin Julian
Justin Julian

Great shout out to La Grange.  The tacos are the best I've had, anywhere, period.  Gourmet food at Taco Hell prices.  As for the bulk of the story?  Aw hell no.

Naomi Wood
Naomi Wood

I had the curry chicken salad sandwich. Not so great either. 

sass
sass

I'm with Jon. A friend and I walked down to Samar and they had plenty of room for us. But the joints in One Arts seemed pretty unprepared. I tried to make a res at Commissary yesterday for dinner but since they don't take them, we were out of luck. Samar was fantastic, though, so it worked out.

G_David
G_David

I've been to the Winspear several times, and have yet to notice the world-class sound.  In fact, the whole building seems like what the Meyerson would have been, had they been on a REALLY tight budget.  Apparently, they've taken the same route with the sandwiches.

jon from tjs
jon from tjs

wolfgang has the "catering" down there...total rip off.

but that's ok because we have a vibrant scene at one arts plaza for pre and post concert food/drink, right?

you'd think.

commissary was delicious before the show.  but they were slammed and seemed compleltely shocked that anyone was there.  understaffed and stressed.

we left to meet friends at jorge's.  1 bartender for 20 people at bar.

tei an - closedfedora - closed

screen door - chef workign bar, poor lady so frazzled she's knocking glasses over.

can the restaurants not look at the schedule and see when a concert is sold out MONTHS prior that they should staff up?

and...be open after the show?

One Arts Plaza is cool.  between commissary, tei an and screendoor, they have some of the more creative menus in town.  their life blood is being in the arts district.  why not take advatnatge of that?

Shayan
Shayan

That sandwich was probably still better than Bon Iver

Richard Buferd
Richard Buferd

The work of Wolfgang Shmuck!?  He has a stranglehold on all the arts eats down there:(

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

This sandwich is perfect for yuppies, wine snobs and tollway trolls.....just throw a little garnish on it, say it was cooked in a wine sauce, and throw some edible flowers on it-and voile', slap a $8.00 price tag on it!  Then put the word organic, food truck, sushi and maybe, uhhmmmm, a one named establishment like "Smoke", "Trend" or "Glass"-and you got yourself yuppie shit nirvana.  Dallas sucks.  Most cities they just call it what it is; here we have to dress the pig up and call it "purty".  Redneck hell?

Becca Niederkrom
Becca Niederkrom

Holy crap, I have never seen Dallas summed up so well.  Love it!

Kris 121
Kris 121

Wow, that should be on Dallas' wiki page as the city description.  Maybe a blurb on dudes with tight shirts, and girls with "Valley Girl" accents.  Other Dallas notes:

-shitty, killer lakes-home of the tribal tat-souless shithole

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Don't forget that corpse ridden, smelly thing called a river.  Also, don't forget the horribly inefficient city government that is riddled with corruption and bribery.  Peace out.

brian
brian

the whole "deathstar" arts district food is over-priced. see the intermession treats or the slowest drink service ever? At least at the Meyerson they move faster. Good thing about going to the Kalita Humphreys theater is reasonably priced snacks and speedy service.

Wolfgang puck's food is over-rated and like fancy looking junior high school food. where's the square pizza with "pepperoni" cubes on it?

Kris 121
Kris 121

Don't forget the fat ciggy hags that hang out at Lake Lewisville, and that dumpster called Lake Ray Wylie Hubbard.  I once saw a guy take a dump in said lake; and IMPROVE the quality of that lake.  Also, don't forget lake trash, and Walmart butt-that quivering mass of backside that shimmers in the sun.  LEGEND?

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