When a dish is set down in front of you at a restaurant you take a moment to take it all in. The aroma and then the taste.
At the Pecan Grill at the Overton Hotel when a plate of food is set down in front of you more than likely something on that dish came from Texas.
"When this menu was created we liked to put in mind the people that represent West Texas," Executive Chef Patrick Tarantino said. "Your ranchers, your farmers and your hunters. We've got a lot of great game products; antelope, vennesen, quail, so all of our fish comes in fresh several times a week. Most of it comes from the gulf like our red fish dish of course here. Our shrimp our scallops, you name it. Everything's fresh."
Chef Tarantino has been at the Pecan Grill for the past two years and when preparing a dish he tells us that the products being fresh makes a difference.
"Fresh is always better," Tarantino said. "A lot of times when you get food across the country you know there's a lot of stuff that has to be done to preserve it or to get it here. But fresh is always better, definitely."
Having fresh Texas based dishes available to order off their menu was one of the reasons the Pecan Grill was one of 11 Lubbock restaurants to take part in the GO TEXAN Restaurant Roundup last week.
And Restaurant Manager J.D. Arredondo said being a part of that event is a good way to show off their menu, restaurant and West Texas.
"Well our whole hotel theme is Texas-based so it's really important for us to maintain that theme in the restaurant," Arredondo said. "The GO TEXAN promotion gives us a great opportunity. It's a statewide promotion, it's very prestigious and we are very proud to be a part of it. Showcase all of our Texas-based menu items."
Not only are some of the food items on the menu from Texas but also some of the wines. And Chef Tarantino believes having a good wine with good food is essential.
"I mean it's important as well," Chef Tarantino said. "The product that you use with the wine they dictate to each other a beautiful marriage and I think that's how it should be. Of course we have wines from all over the world, but the best wines I think that we do have come from West Texas."
So having Texas wines and Texas dishes on the menu helps showcase the state and this region.
Arredondo told us it is important to have this kind of restaurant in West Texas.
"We do a lot of business with a lot of outside the state companies that come here to do a lot of business," Arredondo said. "And to be able to showcase those things that we are most proud of in this area the beef industry, even the sorghum industry. We have a dish on the menu that features sorghum and a lot of people don't realize that you can eat sorghum and it's actually really good. So it's a great showcase for the area. You know those people come, they stay in the hotel, they come eat in the restaurant and it's fantastic. They get to see it first hand and really taste how delicious Texas is."
The Pecan Grill is now getting ready for the fall season when there will be some new dishes added to the menu with products from Texas in them.