In Diane Kelly’s Paw Enforcement series, Officer Megan Cruz and her K-9 partner are employed by the Fort Worth, Texas police department. One of my very favorite restaurants is Reata, located in Sundance Square in downtown Fort Worth. The original Reata restaurant is located in far western Texas. The owner based the name on the Reata Ranch from the movie Giant. The Fort Worth location has been operating since 1996. After a tornado hit the tall building housing the original location, the restaurant moved into the old Caravan of Dreams building, complete with a glass dome and a rooftop patio with incredible views of Fort Worth.
I love Reata so much that my husband and I chose it to host my son’s rehearsal dinner. Before the wedding, Joe, Sarah, and I went to the restaurant one night to eat as many different things as possible to decide which items would make it onto the rehearsal dinner menu. We were lucky and got to sit in the dome that night. Here is a picture of the entrees we tried. Needless to say, we had lots of leftovers. Reata’s most popular items include Tenderloin Tamales, Blackened Buffalo Ribeye, Chicken Fried Steak, Stacked Chicken Enchiladas, and the all-time favorite Pan Seared Pepper Crusted Tenderloin.
All three of us fell in love with Apple Crisp with Cajeta that is served with cinnamon ice cream. This apple crisp is delicious by itself, but the Cajeta puts it over the top! Cajeta is a rich Mexican caramel made from goat’s milk. Don’t worry, you can easily substitute cream. The recipe says it will serve 8. I made a half recipe and had six large servings.
The Reata Legendary Texas Cuisine cookbook is absolutely wonderful. The photographs are guaranteed to make you drool. There are both new and used copies of the cookbook for sale on eBay. But of course, nothing is better than buying it from the restaurant itself. I’ll go with you!