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Thursday, September 01, 2011

Denbigh Dotes on Diamondbacks

I have been longing for years to be a guest blogger on my wife’s website…….and the day is finally here!  Usually, whenever I am pondering something highly controversial, I pester my wife to let me write about it.  She wisely refuses.  Since Friday is her “food blog” day, there’s little chance of me ruffling any feathers.  (Unless, of course, you are a vegetarian.)

For our 8th anniversary a few weeks ago, we happened to be in Waco, TX, home to numerous fine eating establishments.  Most importantly, however, Waco is home to Nonni (Stephanie’s mom).  We provided her with 2 beautiful grandchildren, she provided us with a much desired evening out.

Having been on the road for the better part of 3 months and dining mostly on camp food, we were both desperately craving a sumptuous steak.  There are a few choices in that department in Waco, but we already had a place picked out:  Diamondbacks.  Doesn’t that just sound like a great place to dine on your anniversary? 

Diamondbacks has a wide variety of foods and great cuts of meat, but the real reason we went there was for dessert.  But I digress, we’ll get to that.  Let’s begin with the review.

We chose to dine at around 7pm, and the summer sun was still shining outside.  But upon entering Diamondbacks, we were greeted with soft, romantic lighting.  So soft, in fact, it took quite a few minutes for our eyes to adjust. 

We started our evening with an exquisite appetizer:  calamari.  We are both a huge fan of this delectable dish, and this one was no different.  Lightly battered and fried, and with a tangy dressing to dip it in. Lovely.

But we weren’t there to mess around…….we wanted steak!  My wife ordered the filet Oscar, which consists of an 8 oz sirloin, covered with crab meat, butter, and asparagus.  It’s hard to sum up the taste of something so wonderful in mere words……..just believe me when I say that it was incredible.  Her dish also came with a side of garlic mashed potatoes, which were tasty as well.

I went with a 20oz ribeye cooked medium rare.  It came out cooked to perfection, both tender and juicy on the inside, and seared crisp and flavorful on the outside.  My mouth is watering just writing this! 

Though the entire meal was delicious, and we could have stopped at the steak, the true reason we chose Diamondbacks was for the dessert.  Diamondbacks is one of only 2 places we know of that serve: The Chocolate Sack.  (Moment of silence, please, for this divinely designed dessert.)

The Chocolate Sack will more than likely be served in Heaven.  I truly believe that.  It begins this way:  The chef lines a paper sack with melted chocolate, about 2 inches thick on the bottom and just thick enough on the sides to cover the sack.  After it hardens, he fills it with sweets that surely came from Wonka’s chocolate factory:  pound cake, raspberry and chocolate mousse, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, whipped cream, and walnuts.  The sack is then chilled and served cold.  The dessert is so large that the waiter actually has to cut it open for you with 2 steak knives, and he tops it off with a chocolate drizzle.

There is always the chance that a dessert of this nature will put you in an immediate diabetic coma…….but that’s a risk I’m willing to take.  And it’s not cheap, either.  The Chocolate Sack is close to $20, so it’s best to wait until a very special occasion to order it.

All in all, Diamondbacks was a wonderful place to spend our anniversary.  It had a romantic atmosphere, a wide variety of exquisite foods to choose from, and the best dessert known to man.  Stop by if you’re ever in Waco and want to treat someone special to an evening of fine dining.  Much thanks to my gracious wife for allowing me the opportunity to hijack her blog. - denbigh 

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