Windows line the back wall at Dish Society in the Heights, giving view to cars passing along 11th Street. Tables full of people chatting fill the space.
Dish Society calls itself an all-day diner. After visiting the restaurant a few times over the past few months, if it’s going to be categorized as a diner, I’ll have to call it an elevated diner.
Besides the pretty design that’s laid back — like the small corner that has a couch and two chairs where you and friends can have a meal instead of at a regular table — the menu offers a variety of options.
The menu is seasonal so that the freshest ingredients are set in front of you, and it’s mostly locally sourced.
On my most recent trip to Dish Society I ordered the grilled pesto chicken sandwich that comes with a side of chips.
One of the nice, small details I appreciate is the free flavored water. Some days there are sliced lemons and limes floating at the top. Other times, fruit like strawberries are mixed in.
Most of the day, it’s an order-at-the-counter-and-find-your-own-seat kind of place, but during the evening the hostess will lead the way.
I didn’t have to wait long for the sandwich. Grilled chicken, Texas pecan basil pesto, tomato and organic greens were layered in between two pieces of warm pretzel bread.
It was already cut in half, with spears stabbed through the middle of each piece to keep it all together.
The chips, which were burnt orange in color, filled up the rest of the plate.
The basil and nutty flavors of the pesto came through and complemented the sweet and tangy tomatoes in the sandwich. The chicken was tender, making it easy to eat.
After eating the first half, I understood why this item was tagged as a house favorite. Even my nephew, who is barely more than a year old and doesn’t like chicken — or so I was told — happily ate a part of the sandwich I had leftover.
Next time, I’ll have to try it with fried chicken.
The chips were thicker than your run-of-the-mill potato chip, which meant they were even crunchier, too. There wasn’t much seasoning on them, but the chips were still a nice side item to the sandwich.
The other dish I’ve had is the deconstructed chicken pot pie, which is on the supper menu only. It’s a bowl of shredded chicken, chopped carrots, potatoes, peas and onions with a piece of puff pastry set on top.
The consistency is almost like a thick soup. What I really enjoyed about this dish is that every spoonful was packed with flavor.
Address: 1050 Yale St., Ste. 100
Hours: 7 a.m.–10 p.m. Monday–Saturday, 8 a.m.–9 p.m. Sunday
Healthy option: Yes
Star of the Show: Grilled pesto chicken sandwich