There is something special about Southern comfort food. And when you can find a restaurant like Haywire that offers it, along with local sourcing, you can’t pass it up.
Sometimes finding a new restaurant to try is as much an experience, as the food itself. And over the Labor Day weekend, my best friend and I decided to try a new place in Plano, Texas called Haywire. (He picked the restaurant and I followed along for the ride.)
Having seen the restaurant before, but never really paying much attention to it, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I knew it was a multi-level dining experience and not much else. And when we first walked in, we both looked at each other wondering what we had gotten ourselves into, as it looked like the kind of place we were sadly under-dressed for.
The thing is that Haywire was a pleasant surprise for both of us. Not only was the atmosphere much more laid back than we were expecting after entering the restaurant, but the menu was a revelation.
Not only did Haywire offer amazing Southern comfort food, but they are all about local sourcing, which was pointed out to us by the waiter. He even pointed to the section of the menu that showcased where different ingredients came from in the area.
Looking over the menu was another unique experience, as there were so many options that sounded amazing. And considering our initial thoughts when we walked into Haywire, we were pleasantly surprised by the prices for dishes like Country Fried Steak and the Cornmeal Crusted Catfish.
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While my friend got the Grilled Chipotle Meatloaf with mashed potatoes and green beans, I opted for the Country Fried Steak with their Cadi-Mac’N Chz and green beans. Neither if us was disappointed in the least with our selections.
Not only was the meatloaf moist and flavorful, but the portion was absolutely perfect for lunch. Each bite gave you hints of the chipotle infused in the meat, as well as the grilling itself. And the mashed potatoes were a perfect accompaniment to the meat.
Then there was the Country Fried Steak, which was a perfectly cooked piece of wagyu beef covered in a sausage gravy with a hint of jalapeno. (As someone who loves a good Country Fried Steak, Haywire may have ruined me for any other restaurant.) Every bite of this dish was perfection and we haven’t even discussed the macaroni and cheese.
The Cadi-Mac’N Chz was a revelation in cast iron. We are talking about perfectly cooked pasta, creamy cheese sauce done right, and bits of ham that added a smoky, salty flavor to the macaroni and cheese that was perfection.
There was not a single bite of this meal that we regretted, and that sometimes feels like a very rare thing. What Haywire was able to do with their menu and these dishes was infuse it with care and passion. After enjoying these dishes, there is no doubt in my mind that the chefs at the restaurant love what they do and the products they are working with.
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And of course, we can’t forget the fact that the atmosphere itself was excellent, with both indoor and outdoor seating. We ended up on their enclosed patio on the second floor, which gave us the experience of eating outside, without the sweltering heat.
From food that was sourced locally to dishes that are clearly all about comfort, this was a truly fabulous dining experience. Haywire offered Southern comfort food at its finest, and we can’t wait to go back and try more of the dishes on their menu.
If you are ever in the Plano area and looking for something to eat, Haywire Restaurant should definitely be a part of your meal planning. And if you live in the DFW area and haven’t given Haywire Restaurant a try, what are you waiting for?