TRAVEL HERE: SECRET SERVICE MIGHT BE A BETTER NAME FOR ROCKWALL’S NEW RESTAURANT
If you lived in the Rockwall area and I told you a new restaurant was located behind the Sonic on Ridge Way, you’d have a clue about where to look, but unless you actually went behind the Sonic, you’d never find Standard Service. The restaurant fills a space on the back side of a crossfit gym. The only signage is on the front of the restaurant and can’t be seen from any of the nearby streets. You’d never see it if you turned next to the Sonic and headed to Lowe’s, which is the destination of most of the traffic.
My Secret Agent
Loree Posard Kiethly does my hair and she’s my primary source of info about what’s happening in Rockwall. I have no idea who all sits in her chair, but they have the inside scoop on all kinds of things, from what restaurants will open soon to where the local swingers rendezvous.
“Have you been to Standard Service?” I thought she’d found a new garage or service station, but come to find out it was a new restaurant. Then she told me its location – near a corner I pass pretty much every time I come or go to my house. I didn’t want to accuse my friend of lying, but it sure didn’t sound like a good spot for a restaurant and I certainly hadn’t seen it.
The gist of her information was that a restaurateur opened Standard Service as test, because he was considering building near The Harbor. As soon as he opened the awkward test location, he instantaneously had a loyal following, so the lake-view restaurant is a go. Obviously, a trip to Standard Service was required.
The Standard on a Sunday Afternoon
Our visit to Standard Service was on a Sunday afternoon in May. Perhaps the traffic was slow because of May’s many distractions, like moms and grads and brides. We also arrived mid-afternoon, rather than at a meal time. Most of the patrons were at the bar gazing into the multiple tv’s spread around the restaurant.
Bill and I walked away from the experience with two totally different impressions. He loved the place. The tall shelves full of wine and liquor were fascinating to him. He thought it had a good vibe for a local place and a good number of patrons for a Sunday afternoon. He didn’t particularly like what he ordered, but said he’d come back and try something else. He couldn’t wait to get home and tell a friend who’s opening a liquor store about the tall shelves.
That wasn’t me. To me the layout was confusing. We entered a foyer that seemed like a dead end. Once we got our bearings we saw double glass doors to the right. There seemed to be two bars, one on each side. The primary bar is to the right and then another smaller one is on the left. There aren’t many tables. The look is industrial, complete with the exposed air conditioning ducts – not one of my favorites.
The service is good enough to put a lie to the name of the restaurant, but I wasn’t crazy about the food. It wasn’t bad. The small burger had an unnecessarily greasy bun in my estimation, but it did have a reasonable price. The sweet potato fries were the food hit of the day.
Much of the things I don’t like about Standard Service have to do with my personal taste, so that should be taken into consideration. The industrial look of it, the televisions all over the place, the paper service items – these might be the very reason you would visit, but they don’t beg me to come back.
So, should you go visit Standard Service? If you live out here in Rockwall County – I’d say, for sure. If you’re out here anyway, you might as well, because while our restaurant selections have been improving since I got here a few years ago, this is about as good as it gets. No reason to drive over from Dallas until the new place by the lake gets built.
Come on back Wednesday, for tales about the Fairmount in Heliopolis, Egypt and then next week I’ll share another Dallas area adventure.