Hot Days, Cool Food

As temperatures rise, I thought it would be fun to take a look at some of the best meals you can enjoy that don’t arrive at the table steaming hot.  Sure, you can always order a salad or a sandwich, but there’s no reason to eat boring when you can enjoy flavor-packed, elegant cold meals.  Here are a few of my favorites:

Al Biernat’s Pass on the steak just once for the Shrimp and Mango Ceviche made with cilantro lime marinade, tomato, onion, jalapeño.

Enrique Tomas Enjoy the Jamón Experience with a tasting of the award-winning Jamón Ibérico de Bellota Premium (36 months) Jamón Ibérico de Campo (24 months) and Jamón Gran Reserva (18 months).

Sloane’s Corner The Hamachi features sliced, raw pieces of yellowtail marinated in ginger oil, topped with caramelized limes, watermelon radish, avocado, pickled shallots, and cilantro.

The Charles There are several cold and raw items to choose from here, but the Beef Tartare with salsa bianca, bread and pepper chips is hard to beat.  Try it with rosé, still or sparkling.

Up On Knox You can find fresh oysters many places but I love the French vibe here, especially since Chef Bruno Davaillon has been in the kitchen. Here you’ll find oysters such as east coast Beau Soleils (New Brunswick), Wellfleets (Cape Cod) and some from Cape Hatteras.

Oishii – One of my favorite places for sushi, Oishii, has close to 100 different options for Maki rolls, sushi, sashimi ceviche and carpaccio. Everything is so good, and the service is always great. The Uptown Roll is one of my faves and has crab, salmon, avocado, cucumber and is topped with tuna, wasabi cream and siracha.

Rise No. 1 Seems we can’t stop ordering soufflés here but don’t forget about the tasty Gazpacho. It’s so refreshing. The Mango Lobster salad is also back on the menu.

Half Shells – Snider Plaza’s mainstay has a fabulous grilled shrimp, watermelon and arugula salad that is satisfying and light.

Enjoy the tastes of the season!

Kersten Rettig

Kersten Rettig is the only DFW Food/Travel writer with luxury hospitality leadership experience and a former restaurant owner, employee, and chief marketing officer. Kersten's worked on the inside and has the insight and experience to tell the stories to the outside. She's a Park Cities resident, mom, wife and a decent cook. Follow her on Instagram @KerstenEats.

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