I’m headed out to do a restaurant review. I’m going to Twitter while I work. Join me DSideDish.
The last time I was at Rathbun’s Blue Plate Kitchen, the lengthy wine list had only two wines from Texas. I don’t know if the list has been updated, but Mr. Rathbun is hosting a Texan wine dinner on Monday, October 19th with Dr. Richard and Bunny Becker of Becker Vineyards. Great menu with great wine. Jump for the full description and details. Continue reading "Kent Rathbun Does Something Texan at His “Texas Grown” Restaurant"
One of my I-know-everybody friends was lunching at Salum in Uptown and files this report:
While lunching at Salum, I saw Local chef/owner Tracy Miller with Bryan Haase checking out the abandoned space next door to Salum. It used to be Couture Cleaners. Looks like someone is planning a new restaurant. Question: Is the talented Ms. Miller involved and what does this mean for Local?
Good sassy questions, my boy. Haase is, according to his Twitter page, a Commercial Real Estate Guru.9 Comments »
This just in from Andrew Chalk:
Thanks to Kirk for the heads-up to this article from the El Paso Times. Basque Restaurant Taberna del Alabardero is preparing a multi-course meal at the Coronado County Club in El Paso consisting of specialties from the Basque region of Spain. Examples include a typical Taberna pincho (Basque version of tapa): bacalao brandade (salt dried cod puree, olive oil, milk and/or cream, spices, herbs, etc.) stuffed in thinly sliced rolled zucchini slices topped with Romesco sauce (a mixture of tomatoes, peppers, onion, garlic, almonds or hazelnuts and olive oil) not to mention Jamon Iberico (Iberian ham).
Perhaps most intriguing is the reason a famous Basque Taberna is doing a meal in El Paso. It was arranged by the Honorary Consul General of Spain. Now Dallas doesn’t have a Spanish Consul General, but Google points to The Honorable Janet Pollman Kafka as an Honorary Consul of Spain. Any chance of getting her to contact Taberna del Alabardero and tell them Dallas would fill up their Basque meal as well (probably for many nights)?
Hey Janet, old buddy. I smell a SideDish Supper Club waiting to happen. Call me, let’s talk.7 Comments »
I’ve been at my post here at D Magazine for 13 years. Sometime I wonder how many calories I have eaten; other times I wonder how many of those calories were actually worth ingesting. Restaurant reviewers eat more low-to-medium quality food than spectacular meals.
Anywhoo, in the post below, I mentioned Michael Hiller. He used to be a critic at the DMN. Over the years, I’ve seen lots of “critics” come and go. Anyone remember Betty Cook? Suzanne Hough (R.I.P)? Dave Faries? (Oh, he’s still here.) Or Mary Brown Malouf?
Mary was a real biyatch when she wrote dining reviews for the Dallas Observer. When she came to work at D in the late 90s, we became good friends. But Mary ditched D and Dallas and she’s now the Food and Travel editor at Salt Lake City Magazine. I just looked on their site and found a classic Mary Brown Malouf rant. Gosh, I’m all nostalgic. Call me, Bill.14 Comments »
The Snooty Foodies have the scoop, but it’s only in their newsletter, and not on their website, that I can find. So, here’s the pasted version:
Our good buddy, Elvis groupie, and the fastest wine taster in Dallas metro, Shawn Horne, has left as GM of Wolfgang Puck’s big gyrating ball in the sky Five-Sixty effective last week. We won’t say it was a matter of too many cooks in the kitchen or that wolves in sheep’s clothing were always lurking…but… Mr. Horne ain’t scared of heights either so you do the math.
What a bummer for Five Sixty. But! Horne already has another gig. Read on:
Unlike the real Elvis, Shawn hasn’t crashed and burned (or overdosed). He’s heading over to run the new restaurant Dish in the Illumina building on Cedar Springs and Douglas. Rumor has it Chef Doug Brown is also involved in the project and they are targeting a November 1 start date (which probably means February in restaurant speak). From the info we’ve seen, Dish appears to dance on the fringe of fine dining American – sorta like a chef driven Houston’s.
Good scoop SF, and good luck to Shawn Horne.9 Comments »
Note from SideDish reader Brian Luscher who happens to be the chef/onwer of The Grape:
We have had some last minute cancellations have come in and now have a few openings for this exclusive 5-course wine paired dinner featuring Petroni Vineyards. Mr. Petroni and son Marco will be in attendance. This will be an intimate event with only a small number of guests in our private wine room. 7:00pm. Cost is $135 per guest. 214-828-1981.
I call that an ad for your win dinner, Luscher. Send more gift certificates.
According to EscapeHatchDallas.com, co-executive chef Chris Meier resigned from for undisclosed reasons. A source “close to the situation” says, “Too many chiefs in the kitchen.” The rest of the culinary team is discussed here.
UPDATE: I just realized the editor of EscapeHatchDallas is former DMN restaurant critic, Mike Hiller, Nice.