Anyone who knows me, knows that I have a growing love of the Bishop Arts district. Who doesn't love all of the creative restaurants, fun shops, and unique vibe that is going on down there? I could be down there every weekend if it wasn't such a trek from my neck of the woods. But I make it down there often enough. A few weeks ago I met my dad down there for an early dinner at Oddfellows. Which like everything else in Bishop Arts has a cool, artsy, hipster thing going on. The decor looks like it came from antique and junk shops, which is right up my ally. The room is filled with mismatched tables and chairs, and yet somehow it all works together.
Now, a restaurant can look pretty, and their food can still be ho-hum. That is not the case here though. The menu if filled with fun twist on many classic southern dishes and I think I could eat here over and over and not get bored. I started off my meal with a "Ginny" cocktail which was a blend of apricot gin, ginger beer, mint and lime. And it was delicious. It had a dried apricot garnish that had been soaked in the gin, which was a nice touch. For dinner, I went the breakfast route and enjoyed the Oddfellows benedict which featured their own honey ham. My dad wasn't very hungry (since he had enjoyed Lockhart Smokehouse for lunch), and enjoyed the deviled eggs and cheese grits. The deviled eggs are a nice spin on the traditional with a bacon marmalade and sprouts. He said they were really good and I'll have to take him on his word as he wasn't sharing. The cheese grits were delicious though, very rich, but yummy!
Finally, after watching several tables around us order the fried chicken, which comes with house beignets, we decided to split an order to go. Even left-over the next day, it was delicious. The chicken was well seasoned, and it's salty fried-ness was perfect with the honey they served with it.
Overall, I really enjoyed Oddfellows. We went super early and didn't have to wait, but I heard for brunch and the later in the evening it gets, there is a considerable wait. Also, there are some super cute outside tables that I can't wait to check out once the weather backs off of the insane Texas summers.