Foodie Favorites: The West Table Kitchen and Bar
“So you know all the places to eat in Lubbock, don’t you?” It’s one of the first and most common questions I’m asked when people find out what I do for a living. As it happens, I do know my fair share. I write our monthly Foodie Favorites blog, ate my way through the alphabet from A-Z with the team and helped scour the “Hub City” for the most comprehensive list possible for the restaurant section of the 2016 Visitor’s Guide. If you’ve ever picked up a copy, you may have seen a section titled “Upscale Experience” and within that, a sentence that reads: “In Lubbock, we offer upscale dining without big city pretensions.” When I wrote that line, I’m 99 percent sure I penned it with this month’s Foodie Favorite – The West Table Kitchen and Bar – in mind. Here are just a few more things to love about this local favorite.
They have an ever-changing menu.
I’ve never seen the exact same menu twice, and that’s part of the fun. There’s comfort in being able to walk into a familiar place and order “the usual,” but when you can dine in a familiar place and order off a constantly evolving menu, it becomes an experience each time you visit. The best part? While the lunch and dinner entrees change, the incredible quality of the food never does. This particular visit we tried the grilled lamb chop and a grilled Japanese sea bass (flown in fresh that morning) served with an Incan quinoa blend, summer vegetables and a baby heirloom tomato salad. It was almost too pretty to eat. Almost.
The cocktail list.
Like their other menus, the cocktail menu boasts seasonal specialties. The current menu is made up of all the things that summer should taste like including a Fig and Rosemary Sidecar and a Coconut Lychee Fizz, made with coconut rum, lychee, coconut water and lime. After you’ve had a sip of the season, don’t miss the house favorites like the Ruby Chilton. Dr. Chilton may have invented Lubbock’s unofficially official cocktail, but The West Table takes it to a new level, serving it with Deep Eddy’s Ruby Red Grapefruit Vodka. We sampled the Signature Manhattan made with Redemption Rye, Sweet Vermouth, garnished with house-brandied cherries
They believe in the details.
Dining at West Table means getting a side of experience with every meal. The décor is minimalist and modern, the food is always plated to perfection and I just discovered Songs from The West Table – a Spotify playlist of curated songs from Adele to Van Morrison that pair perfectly with just about anything you order. In the meantime, I’ll be playing it in my office on repeat. Check out their playlist here.
They serve brunch…
Confession: Brunch is my favorite meal, and any place with a solid brunch menu instantly makes my personal list of Foodie Favorites. If I could, I would start every morning with a hot cup of coffee, an extra-spicy Bloody Mary and a plateful of something from a brunch menu. At The West Table, that may include a steak frittata, chilaquiles or breakfast street tacos. Count me in for a serving of all three.
…but it’s also a fantastic date night option.
If you’re looking for a way to treat your significant other, this is definitely the place to go. Start with their wine list that boasts whites (I absolutely loved my glass of Drylands Sauvignon Blanc) and reds made everywhere from down the road at McPherson Cellars to Napa Valley and end with something sweet from the dessert menu. It’s a no-fail combination.
This month if you’re craving a true foodie experience, see what they’re serving up at The West Table. Whether you’re having brunch, lunch or dinner, you’re guaranteed an upscale dining experience without the big city pretensions.
- Location: 1204 Broadway
- Hours: Lunch: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Dinner: 5 – 9 p.m., Sunday Brunch: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Sunday Dinner: 6 – 7:15 p.m., Closed Monday & Tuesday
- Phone: 806.993.9378
- Website: www.thewesttable.com
- Social: @thewesttable, #thewesttable