Balancing Food and Mood at RedFork, the Subject of This Week's Review

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Sara Kerens
Would you hang out in a terrible space if the food proves worthy of a sonnet? I do it all the time for good tacos and barbecue.

Would you put up with an over-cooked steak because your server dotes on your table through the evening?

These are the thoughts that flooded my brain as I sat my final meal at RedFork, the Knox-Henderson gastropub, before penning this week's review, which you can read on the restaurant page today or pick up in print tomorrow). I'd taken two guests, both around my age, both soft-spoken. The room was filled with a raucous party of football fans, and eventually a lone singer, strumming out Tom Petty chords on an acoustic guitar. With the game on we had to shout to talk to each other. When the music started we were reduced to forced smiles.

To clarify: I was at the Katy Trail Ice House a few days earlier and had a great time. I love sports, and I like sports bars. I don't even mind Petty in certain situations. But some evenings I like good food and the conversation of close friends better, and RedFork could only provide the former -- and even that only sometimes.

The same RedFork that pummeled my eardrums one night proved a quiet space filled with romantic dates another. On my first visit I was convinced the four-top to my left was a young couple introducing new love to apprehensive parents. I wonder how that would have gone with Texas Tech football playing in the background a few nights later.

Tastes aside, no one wants a crap shoot when they walk through the door of a restaurant. What I want most when making a reservation is knowing what I'll get when I go to a restaurant. RedFork is a lot of things -- too many things -- but the one thing it isn't? Predictable.

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Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

uhhhh ohh, this blog is back down to three hits day!  don't metro's and tollway d. bags like the  computer reading blogs, for the dallas?  I just went thru the last weeks postings, and hello smelly eff, nothing worth reading-except for the taco story.  that's it.  Need a writer?  Call the Kerg's at 214-787-1310....my name is Danny Balls. 

Hold on.

-No stories about celeb barkeeps with a third grade education?-No food truck stories?

Kergie out?  Nope.

The Kergie Tron recommends Shiner 102........better yet, git down to Shiner, and git in dat tastin' room.  Smokehaus; mmmmmmmmm! (like Whataburger guy).  Or try hiking.  Enagage. Live a life.  Walk beneath the heavens of a tranquil forest canopy.  I could make money teaching metrosexuals how to breath, and relax in a natural world.  NOVEL concept; shut off the phone and walk-thee will feel better.  Breath?  Nah!  I'd rather party in some shitty Uptown bar with a bunch of posin' Chris Chris's, and wine f$ckheads.  Downtown sucks; see ya'll in about three years when you grow up-and the suburban, (or) rural flight begins. 

Kergie Good Goods:-Colorado in Fall-New Hampshire in Fall-Ozarks in Fall-Santoro's in Stoneham SquarePops Clamshack in Alton Bay

Kergie Bad Bads:-Wine snob hell-Trendy one names restaurants that charge 17 bucks for a taco plate-The Trinity-ANY area lake 

twinwillow
twinwillow

Thank you, johan. You nailed it!

johan
johan

It's almost hard to remember the time when televisions were not a staple in restaurants. Now they're f-ing everywhere --- the d-bags who hang out on Henderson wouldn't have it any other way. I even read a review on Yelp recently by an aforementioned Dallas d-bag who complained that a restaurant *didn't* have a television: "What am I going to do when I run out of things to say to my date?"

You nailed in your article though. The restaurant needs to decide what it wants to be or it will suffer. I've been tempted to try Redfork, but I won't if I have to suffer through some knucklehead playing cover songs or meatheads yelling at the game. There are already too many stupid sports bars in Dallas --- they come and go on Greenville at an alarming pace. Why would Redfork want to known as the sports bar that serves fine food? 

therrick
therrick

Shiner's Smokehaus is awful. It tasted like I was drinking liquid smoke.

Shiner does have a decent bar in downtown Austin with some generic bar food.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Yeah, you are right....it tastes like a cross between liquid smoke, and Coors Light-blecckkktt!  I just enjoy invoking the greatness of Shiner.  And Sam Adams.  And Johnsonville brats.  And Campisi's.  And Mena, Arkansas.  And Gilmanton Iron Works, New Hampshire.  AND, ALWAYS, Bobby Orr; the greatest sports legend in the whole darn world.  Atleast the greatest two way player in the history of the NHL; and he wasn't afraid of contact-and fighting.  What defenseman scores 146 points?  Huh.  That's what I thought!  

Kergie out!

ps-dear sweet power above,           Please bring rain to the Texoma area so i can:-go hiking-go fihing-go camping-go swimming at the "swim beach" at Eisenhower, or West Burns Run.

Sybils_Beaver
Sybils_Beaver

is the answer the bloody blistered boil infested inner thigh of Coleman?

Kergo 1
Kergo 1

No, the answer is Jimmy Page plays the guitar on Hurdy Gurdy Man.......although I do prefer the B. Hole Surfers version.  And yes, Terry Kath is the greatest guitarist of all time. 

Ckergo
Ckergo

More Kergie please!

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