This opulent restaurant clings to the fine-dining standards of old. They still have a dress code— no jeans, no tennis shoes. Tables are set formally with crystal wine glasses, china, and knife rests. I recognized most of the people working the floor; our server has been working there for 28 years. Ask for a glass of Champagne and the sommelier appears. He delivers the order and describes how the glass is etched to induce the lovely bubbles to form a single line to the top. The temperature is 47 degrees, cool enough to quench but warm enough to take in the yeasty qualities of the wine. In early March, there were three dining options: a three-course option with a seasonal slant ($55), a three-course menu from their list of classics ($80), and a five-course tasting ($110). However, the menu options change frequently. We found all of the menus uninspired, almost dated, compared to what is going on in other kitchens in town.
Brew Riot pumped right into the heart of the Bishops Arts District on Sunday. The line to get in was long and the smiles were plentiful. So much beer. This is the fifth time this celebration of home brewing has gone off with tremendous success. There were countless masters of home brewing in attendance, delivering a diamond studded array of beer to what seemed to be every man, woman, and child in the city. It was a full house, and the warm weather suited the limitless suds quite well. The beauty of home brewed beers lies in the brewer’s need only to make something delicious. There are no sales quotas, distribution hurdles, or marketing campaigns to misalign the beauty of the beer itself. These hearty folks make beer just for the love of doing it themselves. For the few of you that did not make it, you should add it to your calendar for next year. It’s my favorite beer celebration in this city and a true testament to craft beer in Dallas. With so much love surrounding the third most popular drink in the world right here in our fair city, I almost melt under the sensation. Please pardon any lack of cohesive narration due to this being less than two days from Brew Riot. You feel me.
Sarah Bennett, a reporter for People Newspapers, is a jolly person to be around. It made me sad to know she’d been violently ill after doing a Roots Juice cleanse for a story. Her article about the experience came out in the May 17, 2013 issue of Park Cities People. – Carol Shih
“Sleepiness, Sickness Ensue”
The juice cleanse; it’s a trend that’s been sneaking into shopping centers and workout studios for a while now, attracting females of the 20-to-40 age range. It finally caught up with me. The curiosity was seeded in the fridge at the back of my Pilates classroom, when I first picked up a grapefruit-and-mint concoction.
When I told my mother what I was doing, there seemed to be some generational gap. “No solid food for three days? So it’s like a voluntary stomach flu?” she asked. Correct.
Roots Juices recommends cutting meat a day or two in advance to prepare your system. Did I heed this warning? Nope. For my “last meal,” I chose Bubba’s. I figure after this, I’ll be on some sort of avocado-hugging health kick (for maybe a day), so why not go out with a bang?
“Please help us spread the word. 100% of sales from Cane Rosso in Deep Ellum tonight will be donated to the Red Cross for Oklahoma,” says Jay Jerrier. “Thanks for your help.”
Tim and Zac have been off frolicking in Atlanta these past few days for the City Regional Magazine Association awards banquet. Last night, on behalf of the D team, they accepted two top honors: General Excellence for D Magazine in our circulation category (huge deal) and best e-newsletter in the country for SideDish. We beat out publications like Atlanta Magazine and Los Angeles Magazine for this spot. Insane!
SideDishers, this calls for a huge celebration. How about signing up for our newsletter? (There’s a little widget in the top right corner of this page that says SUBSCRIBE.) Or you could join us at our 100 Best Restaurants Party tomorrow? Nancy has a huge surprise waiting for you guys…
Back on topic: This award goes to all the awesome people who make sure our newsletter looks PERFECT before it goes out every week. Thank you to Nancy for your eagle eyes and awesomeness, web editor Jason Heid for fixing all my copy errors and headlines, Ricky Ferrer for his design and being patient even when I screw things up, Melissa Chowning, Lauren Cureton, and – most importantly of all – Enya.
Thank you for that song you wrote for Lord of the Rings. Couldn’t have done the April 24 newsletter without ya.
We’ve lost a couple of food trucks in Dallas. As Nancy wrote, Chef Adam west is parking his Unforsacon Bacon food truck to become Executive Chef at The Porch. The folks from the Spanish Lunch Box sent around email offering to sell the truck. I assume this means that they are closing.
This week, we get the Tuesday monthly event at The Village Apartments.
On Wednesday, the usual Sigel’s/Greenville gets an expanded lineup, adding OinknMoo and Rockn’Ricks. Rock and Roll Tacos, Bombay Street Food, Easy Slider, and Cajun Tailgators will be there as well.
Here’s your schedule for the week. Always check Facebook or Twitter since nasty weather does happen around here. Jump. Continue reading "May 20 Food Truck News and Schedule for Dallas and Ft. Worth"
Adam West’s food truck, Unforsacon Bacon, is on hiatus. He might consider doing special events but he’s taken a new job. He’s the new executive chef at The Porch.
Don’t worry, guys. Daniel Vaughn, the BBQ Snob and new Texas Monthly barbecue editor, will never get too big for his brisket. Even though he did hold his most recent book signing for The Prophets of Smoked Meat at a place called Stodghill Manor last Friday, everyone wore “barbecue attire,” drank beer, and dug in to fatty meats with their fingers. I think Mayor Rawlings even popped up at the end, if my eyes didn’t fail me. (I heard he cussed up a storm at the “A Way With Words” charity event last week. 10 points for Gryffindor!)
At Friday’s event, Franklin’s (#1 on TM‘s 50 Best BBQ List), Pecan Lodge (#2), Lockhart Smokehouse(also on the list), and Smoke all made it to the event. Big bad boys in one, big bad place. Aaron Franklin came all the way up from Austin and borrowed a smoker from Justin Fourton of Pecan Lodge to make the most beautiful brisket I’ve ever seen. Charred black edges encircled a pink ring around smooth brown meat. That’s what I call teamwork, guys – when the number one and number two best barbecue joints in Texas join forces in the name of friendship. Cool beans.
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This email from Jay Jerrier cracks me up.
Ladies and gentlemen. Can I please have your attention. I’ve just been handed an urgent and horrifying news story.
I need all of you to stop what you’re doing and listen…
Nancy already talked about Private | Social changing to its new Texas food menu, but now you get to taste it. For free. Everyone is invited to a complimentary event to sample the new menu and cocktails on Tuesday, May 21 and Wednesday, May 22, from 5 to 8 p.m. (On the menu: burly beef brisket, fried green tomato caprese, duck fat fried duck, ranch-style steaks, homemade cornbread and the delicious five-cheese mac ‘n’ cheese.)
I can’t stop thinking about fried chicken. Last week, I ate at Rudy’s Chicken. Over the weekend, I met a tiny woman with a serious love for this greasy meat. Now I’m ogling a Southern Living recipe for fried chicken on the New York Times. Look!
Trinity Groves has an Indian cooking class tonight at 6 p.m. It’s $79 and you get to learn from Minal Jhaveri how to make mango lassi, samosa puffs, channa masala, saag paneer, vegetable saffron pulav, cucumber raita, and shrikhand. Call 214-939-3015 to register.
Summer was in full swing Friday at the 2nd Annual Grand Hall Grill Out benefit for Support Our Troops and Patriot PAWS. Grand Hall USA, parent company of Eternal hybrid water heaters and Barbeques Galore, sponsored the event by furnishing grills for competing teams of culinary students to cook on, as well as offering grills at discount prices to the public and $5 raffle tickets to win a grill or Eternal water heater.
The event and food were free, but all ticket and sale proceeds went to Patriot PAWS, a charity hand-picked by Eternal vice president Paul Home. Home, who admitted to being a dog-lover, said he wanted his company’s events to go farther than a five-star meal cooked on his company’s grills.
“I wanted to know, what can we do to have a bigger impact on the community?” he said.
Yesterday might have been the end to American Craft Beer Week, but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep drinking your favorite suds. On Saturday, June 15 from 2 to 8 p.m., BeerFeast is Flying Saucer on the Lake’s way of saying, “We love you. Here’s an event with 25 breweries and 50 different craft beers for you to choose from. And, yes, we are also providing you with six rare beers throughout the festival.”
Interested? Tickets to BeerFeast are $30 and you can buy them here. OR you can do the smart thing: save your money for the food trucks that’ll be there and try entering for our two free passes to Garland’s big event. I’ll email the winner of this giveaway on Friday (5/25) at noon.
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T-minus 57 hours and counting. At 6PM on Wednesday, May 22, the pre-release date editions of the June issue of D Magazine will be delivered to Sharon Van Meter’s 3015 at Trinity Groves. And we are throwing a party from 6-8PM to celebrate the cover story: 100 Best Restaurants in Dallas. At 7PM, we will announce the top ten best restaurants in Dallas. So far we have representatives from 64 restaurants which range from a mom-and-pop in Richardson to a swanky haute cuisine spot in Uptown. There will be food: an eclectic mix of haute cuisine, off-the-beaten-path barbecue, and a variety of dishes from ethnic restaurants. Along with the food tastings, there will be cocktails by Brugal Rum, beer by Trumer Pilsner, DJ Jose Guevara, Land Rovers on display and a See’s Candy buffet. Additional sponsors include Express Working Capital and Poggenpohl.
If you don’t like my picks, you can throw a pie at me. I’ll be right outside the front door waiting for you. It will cost you $20 to toss a pie but the money collected will go to the North Texas Food Bank.Click here for event tickets ($50.)
Randy Hu, one of the guys behind this new boba truck business, emailed me an hour ago to tell me about Bobaddiction. He wondered if I’d be interested in a story about bubble tea, a Taiwanese tea-based drink that started in Taichung. Recipes for it consist of fruit, milk, tea, and tapioca balls that can be slurped up through a thick straw.
I quickly emailed him back: “I’m Taiwanese. I have been waiting for a boba truck ALL MY LIFE.”
It’s true. My best friend, Teresa, once considered quitting med school to open a boba truck. I told her she was crazy. But deep down inside, I really wanted to say yes. If bubble tea didn’t cost $3 bucks a pop, I’d probably bathe myself in milk tea every single day. I’d rub my hair with tapioca balls and… anyways, I’m getting off topic.
Every week or so, I get another email about Dishcrawl. I think this means it’s doing quite well. Another Dishcrawl thingy is happening on Tuesday, May 28, at 7 p.m. If you buy a ticket for $75, you’ll get to eat from three great restaurants under the span of 3 hours: Mesa, Bolsa, and Boulevardier. Only 20 tickets available, but if you want one, go here. Now.
I would just like to take this time, again, to remind you all that D Magazine’s 100 Best Restaurants Party is taking place on Wednesday, May 22, at 3015 Trinity Groves. This is your once-in-a-lifetime chance of pieing Nancy in the face. Do ittttt.
Every year Addison upstages all the other suburbs and holds its own food festival, Taste Addison. I’m jealous that Carrollton doesn’t have one. But Addison isn’t too far, and 60 Addison restaurants + carnival games + music from Blue October means everyone’s bound to have a good time. Buy tickets online or at the door. It runs from Friday to Sunday.
Guys, it’s still American Craft Beer Week. The fun hasn’t stopped. There’s the Lakewood Brewing Co.’s All-Cask Tour from noon to 3 p.m.
There’s also this list of other American Craft Beer Week events happening on Saturday. I’m sorry I lied and never updated it. Whoopsies…
Word comes that Justin Holt isn’t done with his ramen pop-up shops. He’s doing another one this Saturday at Ten Bells Tavern. Just a little over a week ago, Teresa Gubbins posted on CultureMap that the Lucia-turned-Driftwood chef decided he would take a break from mass-producing his noodles in disposable bowls. But the ambitious man hasn’t slowed down, and he told Steven Doyle he’s gonna stick to his “road to ramageddon.”
I have to admit I wasn’t too sad when Holt said he was done with midnight ramen for good. I know a lot of people have given Holt’s handmade noodles positive reviews, so maybe I had a weird batch at Ten Bells that February night he opened his pop-up shop, right after a successful run at Tradewinds. But I also can’t help wondering if maybe – just maybe – people in Dallas are so overhyped about ramen (Ten Bells was scarily packed that day. It felt like Shanghai.) they think anything that resembles ramen tastes like the stars and planets aligning. That Saturday, I overheard several people say Holt’s ramen was fantastic – and the pork belly definitely was – even though the broth tasted overwhelmingly like soy sauce. It was so salty I could feel the insides of my cheeks swell up. It was like getting my wisdom teeth pulled all over again. But, like I said, it could have just been an off day for Holt. I’d be happy to try his ramen again at a sit-down place where hungry masses aren’t going haywire.
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Happy Friday, SideDishers! What tasty foods did you eat and where did you dine this week? Tell us the good, bad, and the ugly.Here’s what you wrote last week.
I don’t understand the appeal of celebrity wine but I’m, once again, in the minority. A couple of days ago Jasper Russo of Sigel’s sent word that the store had a limited supply of Miraval Cotes de Provence Rose 2012 bottled by Jolie-Pitt & Perrin. He writes:
Do you love rosé wine? Do you love Brad Pitt? Do you love Angelina Jolie? Do you love ALL THREE of those things at the same time? If so, you can be among the few lucky people to purchase the first release from Ch Miraval. The wine is from the French vineyard owned by the famous couple, who partnered with Marc Perrin, of Château de Beaucastel in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, to create the label. Grown at an altitude of 350 meters in clay and chalk soils, the vines are cultivated 100% organically, without the use of herbicides, pesticides or chemicals.
Somebody in the United Arab Emirates loves all three. They contacted Russo and asked him to ship his whole inventory ASAP. The cost of shipping one 44-pound case which retails for $240 would be $650. However, Russo doesn’t have access to the federal customs paperwork necessary to complete the transaction so the order was declined. Russo is down to three cases at the Greenville Avenue store only. And it’s on sale for $19.99 (reg. $24.99). 5757 Greenville Ave. 214-739-4012.