New Home, Same Greatness For Dodie's Reef Cafe.
Dodies Reef Cafe
2821 Greenville Avenue
Food: 3 out of 4 shrimps
Service: 3 out of 4 shrimps
Ambience: 3 out of 4 shrimps
There are a few Dodie's locations throughout North Texas, and the local chain opened their newest spot not too long ago. Interestingly, it's just right up the street from their original home.
But the newly built and renovated space — located in the now-rebuilt Lower Greenville block that burned down in a fire in March 2012 — brings with its opening a new style and a new name.
It retains, however, the same points that all Dodie's locations emphasize. The lunch is solid, the place has some charm, and the service is efficient.
Located on the same block as Terilli's, the new spot's inside bears some Louisiana flavor. As does the menu, of course: The fried shrimp, the oyster poboy, the red beans and rice with sausage — it's all pretty great. Especially the sausage, beans and rice, which is prepared Louisiana-style and with a slice of French bread to soak it all up.
The only downside to new Dodie's is the parking, which was free at the original location. Here, even during lunch, there's a a valet — even if you don't see them.
Last time I lunched at Dodie's, I parked the car myself because the valet guys were nowhere to be found. As I ate, the valet guys slapped me with a ticket. Then they scoffed at my two-dollar tip.
Dodie's is a good lunch spot. But if you're headed that way, you might save money in the end by taking a cab.