First “Beats & Eats” post, commence!
A few weekends ago, a friend and I ventured out to the Bishops Arts district for dinner and some live music. Both were absolutely delightful.
First of all, just looking this place up and glancing over the menu was enough to convince me. If you do the same, you may not need to read the rest of this post. Feel free to stop here if that applies to you. You’re welcome.
Bolsa wins major points for location and atmosphere. Bishops Arts is definitely developing in a way that anybody who’s anybody should know about it. You can’t really go wrong with the all around shopping/dining experiences offered and Bolsa seems to be yet another notch in the Bishop Arts district’s belt… if you will. The atmosphere inside was similar to a lot of great new places, so it wasn’t anything special, necessarily, but it was great none the less. We sat inside, but they do have a substantial patio that I would love to try. The tables were a little tight inside, but I’m willing to overlook that offense, considering people watching can turn into people eavesdropping and make for great entertainment. Wait, is that bad? Parking wasn’t bad at all. We found a free spot in the restaurant lot.
Ok, food. Praise Jesus. Here is what we ordered:
Texas Cheese Board
Cilantro Grilled Chicken Flatbread
Duroc Tomahawk Pork Chop
Texas Peach Cobbler
Oak Cliff Creeper (cocktail)
I don’t know that I would have ordered the cheese board on my own but fortunately for me, my friend has a striking affinity for cheese, and as it turns out, I am thankful for that. For our entrees we shared the flatbread and the pork chop, both of which were fantastic. For dessert, the peach cobbler was OUT. OF. THIS. WORLD. Get it. Eat it. Trust me. I actually got extremely annoyed because our waiter took our dish with a few bites still left. If that happens, you need to chase that waiter down, pin him to the ground if necessary, and finish your cobbler! You’ll regret it if you don’t.
Joe Purdy @ the Kessler
Following dinner, we made our way to the Kessler. This was my first experience at this venue and, can I just say, yes. They were very laid back at the door, so we simply gave them the names we purchased tickets under, they checked us off their list, and we proceeded in. No wristband. Nothing marked on our hands. Very relaxed and enjoyable. The other great thing was the chairs. Chairs are great, can I get an amen?! As much as I want to pretend that standing during an entire set is no big deal, I am apparently old now and being able to sit is a gift from Jesus. It makes the whole experience a heck of a lot more enjoyable. Maybe I’m 80, that’s fine.
Anyways, Joe. Joe was great. I am more familiar with his older stuff, so I wasn’t sure how this would all go down. However, he played a good mix of the new and the old. A good portion was just him and his guitar, which I preferred to the portions with the band. I also preferred him live as opposed to his records, acoustic live performance definitely wins out over production. His voice is great enough to carry the weight.
The only thing that tainted this performance for me was the audience. I am pretty sure we were in a room with the most ridiculous people on the planet. Tip to all concert goers, artists have a set list, they made it for a reason and with much thought, let them play it. It drives me insane when the audience continually shouts out song requests to no avail and on repeat. Let it go friends. That is all.