Art & Food (not necessarily in that order) / by Joan Chamberlain

Returning to Lark on the Park to capture a final photo of my chalkboard mural, I was focused on getting a good shot. And I did, but I also had one of the best meals in recent memory. So this post is equal parts art and food.

Sitting at our table, looking out over a room full of diners surrounded by chalk art, gave me a deep sense of satisfaction. This is a lovely experience - excellence in art meets excellence in dining. It doesn't hurt that Lark, framed by floor to ceiling windows, overlooks Klyde Warren Park, which provides a green belt of foliage on the edge of downtown Dallas.

Okay, so we agree that art in restaurants is a good thing. Now let's talk food. Seared diver scallops with black rice and mango, rich with a salty and sweet broth of coconut milk and scallop juices. It was divine. I ate every last bit of it, which is something I almost never do. That was in addition to a healthy "taste" of one of Roger's lamb chops. A special item that particular night, it was equally delicious - savory, meaty bits on organic red quinoa with juicy grape tomatoes. Oh my. So glad I wore my stretchy palazzo pants.

If you live in Dallas or have plans to visit, don't cheat yourself out of the chance to experience Lark on the Park. Bottom line - we'll be eating there again. And I hope I have an opportunity to draw there again :-)