Second Floor Bistro & Bar recently had a media dinner for local writers. It was really weird to get there early, so I decided to go to Grand Luxe on purpose. The good news is I wasn’t eating. I sat down beside a businessman in a very business-like suit. Since I didn’t have anything to do other than waste 30 minutes, I decided to secretly watch him eat his salad without having a conversation. It was surprising when he leaned over and asked me to watch his briefcase, bag filled with presents, and laptop. I suppose this meant watching his half-eaten salad and fruity drink as well.
People other than me have to feel uncomfortable when a stranger asks them to take full responsibility for at least $1,ooo worth of stuff at a mall-restaurant-bar. As soon as he left for the restroom, two hammered happy hour ladies looked at me with a scary amount of frustration saying, “Why did he ask you to watch his things instead of us? We are sitting closer to him than you are. You are sitting two seats away. Does he think you aren’t going to steal his things and we are?”
Um, really? I’m sorry. This is a total violation of my wasting-time moment at a place I really don’t want to be. I just need the clock to go in a circle 25 times. The other 5 times will be me walking out of this place for a prompt tasting arrival at the Second Floor Bistro & Bar inside the Westin Hotel. Now I have innocently been assaulted by some kind of random laptop-watching violation.
The only response I had for the hammered happy hour ladies is they need to calm down. Seriously. He probably got confused with my media tasting attire. This attire quickly convinced him that I was the responsible person to take charge of his gifts and electronics during his much needed restroom break. People need to lock their belongings in the trunk or carry them to the restroom. I have a right to restaurant-mall-bar privacy.
When the business guy returned from the restroom, he suddenly thought we were lifelong friends, which hurt my feelings in an above average way. No. I didn’t even watch your stuff. Instead, I was forced to interact with hammered happy hour ladies. This doesn’t open the bar friendship door. Refrain. He then did the unthinkable and began talking about none other than— Yelp. Gag. I had no choice but to tell him many restaurant owners feel Yelp is nothing more than extortionist thugs. There was no time to debate, which meant bringing an end to the 25 minutes of restaurant-mall-bar torture.
Moving right along…
Arriving at the Second Floor Bistro & Bar was exciting. A long table was filled with writers waiting to taste. While chef Scott Gottlich owns the Second Floor, his executive chef is Daniel Tarasevich. This guy is a young chef with plenty of talent. This chef is also smart because he happily mentioned Le Cordon Bleu during our meet and greet. While I didn’t get to taste the meat part of the menu, executive chef Tarasevich was kind enough to serve the prawn & grits without– chorizo. Curtsy.
Check out bartender Tim Murphy slinging drinks in our Signature Cocktail Series–> here. Second Floor Bistro & Bar is a fun place to hang out and take a break from shopping at the Westin Galleria. This is how I feel, so it must be true.
The Second Floor Bistro & Bar
13340 Dallas Parkway
Dallas, TX 75240
The Westin Galleria Dallas