The place is gorgeous. Clean lines. Sound-absorbing accoustic tiles in the dining room (imagine). An open kitchen. And 40 beers on tap (another 85 in bottle). The Meddlesome Moth just opened today, so it’s early to make such a prediction. But I’m emboldened by hops. So here goes: this is a game changer for the Design District. It just became a destination for folks who aren’t looking for home furnishings.22 Comments »
You’re not 8 years old anymore. You can’t just cut a vaguely flower-shaped hole out of a piece of construction paper, tape it to a piece of cardboard, scribble “Happy Mother’s Day!” across the top, and consider your filial duty fulfilled. Mom really deserves better.
But what can you possibly give this year to assure her that the more than $200,000 she spent on raising you (not counting the money you continued to mooch once you headed off to college), was somehow worth it? Well, look no further than the following commercial announcement:
D Home, which for 10 years has been a great shining beacon among the nation’s “shelter” magazines, is marking its anniversary with an opportunity to give an annual subscription for the special price of $12. That’s six issues (plus the 2010 Design Book) for 60% off the cover price. Heck, buy one for your wife and your grandmother and your sister and crazy aunt Gladys while you’re at it.1 Comment »
I look forward to seeing all of you attending tonight’s SideDish Supper Club at Sevy’s Grill. The dinner– Mythbusters Seafood Dinner: You Be The Judge—is sold out. We’re taking over the whole restaurant! But Sevy’s is still taking backup reservations. If they get a few more, they will offer the spectacular taste-off menu again on Thursday night. Check out the details here.
Our two seafood experts, Willy Warner and Robert Chandler, are in town for the event. During the meal we will conduct an extensive Q & A session. If you already have questions, drop me a quick e-mail so that we can incorporate the subject(s) into our program. For that matter, anybody with a question for our panel is welcome to send questions (or leave them below) and we’ll have the answers for you tomorrow.
We’ll also have a full wrap-up and photo gallery on SideDish tomorrow.3 Comments »
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Tom Motley from Motley Herbs will be joining us on Thursdays. Tomorrow, he’s bringing organically grown Swiss chard, kale, baby radishes and baby carrots, a green salad mix and red and green lettuce along with a wide variety of specialty herbs including: Culinary sage with blossom, apple, lemon and chocolate mint, Texas Arc and Hill Hardy rosemary, hot and spicy oregano, winter savory, French tarragon, and French and blood sorrel.
Other producers who will be there are WeMe Bread, Texas Olive Ranch, Rosey Ridge Farms, The Shrimp Stop, Texas Honeybee Guild, and Stephanie’s Cookies. The market will be held every Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m. through the end of the growing season. It’s located on the mezzanine level outside of the Angelika Theater.
If you love beer—and I mean LOVE beer—you should get to The Meddlesome Moth as soon as it opens today at 4:00 p.m. Owner Shannon (Flying Fish, Flying Saucer) Wynne’s new joint is Dallas’ first true gastropub. “There are 40 top-notch beers on tap,” says Wynne. “If you’ve ever seen a beer in an advertisement, we don’t serve it. We don’t even have Guinness.”
Wynne has hired two certified cicerones (beer equivalent of sommelier) to assist Wynne’s partner Keith “Beer Guru” Schlabs run the extensive beer program which includes two cask-conditioned ales on tap at all times. The unfiltered, unpasteurized ale contains live yeast and is a richer tasting beer.
From what I hear, the interior of the Moth is a knockout. I got a quick look at the working menu last week and it’s an unusual, creative mix of salads, pot pies, four presentations of PEI mussels, meats on sticks, and rotating entrees. The chef is Chad Kelly, formerly of Oceanaire. Like Wynne, the service is atypical. “We don’t serve Dallas-style where all of your order comes at one time,” he says. “We bring them out as they come out of the kitchen and stagger the plates for sharing.” The Meddlesome Moth is located in Lower Oak Lawn near the Design District at the intersection of Hi Line and Oak Lawn. Call 214-628-7900 for reservations. Dinner only.
UPDATE: I forgot to post the menus.3 Comments »
If you’ve ever eaten at Hector’s on Henderson, chances are good you’ve chatted with owner Hector Garcia. He’s an affable guy who, when coaxed lightly, will pick up a microphone and do a few numbers for the crowd. When he isn’t in his restaurant he devotes a lot of time to urban planning and political activism. He is also an actor.
Hector’s next film is Upper Hand. He says he plays a dude named King, “a club owner who does bad, bad things.” Upper Hand was filmed in Dallas and is full of Dallas actors. It’s an action film starring Michael Nolan, who also wrote, produced, and directed the film.
Upper Hand will premier Saturday (May 1) at the Angelika Theater as part of the USA Film Festival. It starts at 9:30 p.m. For tickets ($10) call Ticketmaster at 214-631-2787. Note: Advance tickets are available ONLY by phone. Better yet, once you have your ticket, show up at Hector’s on Henderson before the show. You’ll receive a free appetizer with purchase of an entrée. And wear something fabulous.1 Comment »