Highland Park Village continues to ramp up its restaurant scene. In late August, Bistro 31 will open its doors to those waiting for a table at Marquee, MiCocina, or Café Pacific. Bistro 31 is relatively small—2,100 square feet —but there will be additional seating outdoors around HPV fountain courtyard. Here’s the best news: the chef will be Eric Brandt, the executive sous chef at The Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek for six years. (I’d say Brandt was more like an executive chef, but that’s not my call.)
So how many restaurants does this make for Alberto Lombardi? He’s opened and closed more doors than Alexander Graham Bell.11 Comments »
So I’m reading through a zillion press releases and I come across an older one from the new restaurant in Renaissance Hotel, the building near the Dallas Market Center that, to me, resembles an aerosol air freshner. It’s swanky looking place, and its “farm to fire” cuisine may be the best farm to fire cuisine ever trucked from a farm to a fire, the name of the place does not make me hungry.
I know, now, it’s Spanish for grill but still, come on. Really? Anybody else unhappy with the name of a restaurant?29 Comments »
Well, here’s a good one for you. A loyal Disher who is preggers has a healthy hankering for creamed corn. Hear her roar.
I am six months pregnant and craving creamed corn. I am tired of making it. Can you suggest a restaurant where I could call and get them to make a big batch for me? Thanks.
I told her Chamberlain’s Steak and Chophouse does a fine version. Anybody else?33 Comments »
Roll the press release…
Central 214 Celebrates Dog Days of Summer with VIP Pooch Patio Party Benefiting Operation Kindness
Head on over with your “Very Important Pet” for this patio party under the stars benefiting Operation Kindness. Walk the paw-printed red carpet for fun “pet-parazzi” photos, enjoy refreshing “dog days of summer” drink specials, and nosh on Chef Blythe Beck’s BBQ and bites — all you can eat for just $10 per person with $5 going to the charity! Plus, doggone-good raffle prizes, pet adoptions, and more! Check out the Central 214 Facebook page for more info.
WHEN: Thursday, June 30, 2011. 7pm-10pm
WHERE: Central 214 (Courtyard Patio)
5680 N. Central Expwy. at Mockingbird Ln. 214-443-9339.
Check out this cake made by Zoe Francois, a pastry chef and cookbook author from Minneapolis. She also writes a blog, has a handsome husband and two lovely children. In her spare time, I’m sure she teaches yoga, runs marathons, and makes quilts. Her recipe is here.
This summer marks the 18th year for this wonderful series of cooking classes presented by AIWF and the DFM. They take place on Saturday mornings at the reasonable hour of 11:30AM and end at 1:00PM. It’s a great way to get to know local chefs and another reason to buy from our regional farmers. The schedule and all-you-need-to-know info is below.2 Comments »
According to Dandy Dan Koller of Park Cities People, Jack’s Backyard is closing after business tonight. It must be true, for Facebook tells me so. Nothing official, but there are hints o the FB page they are looking for a place to relocate. But today they are throwing an all-day (and night) party. Go. There. Now.1 Comment »
The results of this year’s San Francisco International Wine Competition are in and Texas wines did well. Considered one of the largest international competitions, and in its 31st years, this event drew 1,200 submissions from wineries in 29 countries and 20 US states.
The medal winners FROM TEXAS:1 Comment »
Wanna name a commercial beer? We are calling our Imperial Red the VELVET HAMMER, but haven’t settled on any other names.
Can you come up with a catchy or clever name that gets stuck in your head? Post up your great beer name ideas. The winner(s) get credit on our website and the satisfaction of being forever linked to the name of the beer. Some free beer will surely end up in the winner(s) hands as well!
Next Thursday, June 30th Fuqua Winery will host a Double Blind seated tasting of 10 different Rose wines, the perfect wine for summer, with prices and brands revealed after the tasting is complete. Rose can be made from so many different varietals from Pinot Noir to Merlot to Malbec, in fact pretty much any traditional red varietals has probably been made into a Rose. This is a great opportunity to try several and find one that fits your palate. Reservations required -214 769-117. Continue reading "Dallas Winery Happenings Around Town"1 Comment »
Dallas, it’s time to wake up and taste the mole. For too many years, you’ve treated any dish served with a mole as if it were an infectious disease. Perhaps poor misunderstood mole needs a Facebook page to get you to like it. Once you’re friends, you can dig deeper into its profile and get familiar with not just mole’s complex personality but some of Mexico’s other spirited ingredients.
You will learn the word “mole” is simply a Spanish term for sauce. Almost every city, town, or street vendor on the plaza of a village has its own variety of mole rooted in the local culture. There are red, yellow, green, rusty brown, and black moles, each a unique concoction started with rehydrated chiles (traditionally a combination of pasilla, ancho, and cascabel) that are thickened with ground nuts, seeds, corn, or bread and seasoned with dozens of herbs. Some moles are based on sweet-and-tangy tomatoes or poblano peppers; others are invigorated by raisins or plums. The dark, dense, and intense mole negro from Oaxaca leaves a mysterious hint of unsweetened chocolate on the palate.5 Comments »
Kristy Alpert’s latest report on where you can find great food for less than eight dollars.
This week I headed to Oak Cliff to find one of my favorite hole-in-the-wall restaurants. I can’t even remember its name but I knew where to go. I’ve been living out of Dallas for a while but that didn’t soften the blow when I looked up to find my beloved dive is now another location of Ojedas. We decided to turn around and hit El Ranchito, the lively Tex-Mex with a touch of Monterrey restaurant run by owners Oscar and Laura Sanchez who also operate two locations of Calle Doce.
Jump for cheap lunch.1 Comment »
Hey, Dishers. Where did you eat this week? Did you find something fabulous? Did you find something foul? We’d love to hear your thoughts on your latest restaurant experiences. Here’s what you reported last week.17 Comments »
Last summer, Amy Severson, co-owner of Sevy’s, blogger, and all-around smart person, and I had what we thought was a great idea. We decided to write a book on the history of Dallas food. We did a zillion searches and couldn’t come up with one book that covered the subject. We began collecting bits and pieces of information. Amy spent days at the library researching anything related to the restaurant or food business in the Dallas area. She has interviewed grandchildren of long-lost Dallas restaurants and food businesses. What we have found is unique and amazing and over the next few months, we will post some of the discoveries.
Today, we start with our History of Dallas Food series with La Tunisia, an opulent restaurant that opened in 1959. My grandfather used to take me to La Tunisia for special occasions. Do you have memories of La Tunisia? I thought they moved to Preston Royal, but Amy has traced it to McKinney Avenue. However, we did find postcards and a menu which I’ve photographed and posted below the jump. Here’s our report:
There was a time in history when the term “middle eastern conflict” referred to the weekly disagreement between Jeannie and Major Anthony Nelson.
Jump, please.40 Comments »
Awhile back in the magazine, I drew attention to DMN critic Leslie Brenner’s favorite crutch word: “gestalt.” (Her predecessor was fond of the word “swarthy.”) Clearly I have too much time on my hands. I should take up yarn bombing or something. Anyway, I couldn’t help but notice the latest “gestalt” from Brenner, this time in a review of the Commissary. To wit:
Many of the burgers come in two sizes, 6-ounce or 8-ounce, and they arrive cut in half. I like that the 6-ounce burgers get smaller buns — proper bun-to patty-ratio is so essential to overall burger gestalt — but sliced in half, those smaller burgers fall apart when you pick them up, ruining the effect.
I also couldn’t help but notice that when I ate at Commissary last week, my burger didn’t come sliced in half.
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The sign is up above the door at Wild Salsa next to The Merc at 1800 Main Street downtown and there is an “ad” on Craig’s List for servers. I’m a little unclear on the concept. The ad says it’s a New Upscale Modern Mexican restaurant, but my super spy who lives close by says the workers told her it was a Mexican restaurant but will deliver Chinese food. A crazy idea but I love it.
The restaurant is owned by Dallas Restaurant Group (Dallas Chop House, Dallas Fish Market). When they announced the project, the culinary consultant was John Tesar. Today, former Nova chef Kelly Hightower is currently overseeing the project. No official opening date has been announced.7 Comments »
In-N-Out in Dallas is open for business. 7940 N. Central Expressway.
Jump to meet super-hero, Mr. Carl Van Fleet. Continue reading "Good Morning Dallas: How About a Double-Double Animal Style! In-N-Out is Open in Dallas"11 Comments »
Meet Howard Marc Spector, a local attorney and a wine collector. He gave up golf in 1998 to pursue his passion for wine. He won’t tell me how much wine he has in his cellar, but to give you an insight into his wine profile, he will allow me to print a breakdown of his collection: 25% German, 33% French, 10% Italian, 10% Spain/Portugal, 15-20% USA.
When he goes out to dinner, he likes to tote his own wine. He has perfected the fine art of B.Y.O.B. Today he starts a series of B.Y.O.B reports. Along the way, he will fill you in on how he and his wine club manage to drink the wine they want at the restaurant they choose. Welcome him.
Twelve pound vinyl luggage hanging off your shoulder may not seem like a chic fashion accessory, but for wine lovers everywhere, there is no better item of arm-candy than a three-bottle wine carrier with a strap as wide as a scarf. And even if you don’t want to toss around phrases like “tea-infused,” “tannic structure,” “kirsch,” and “essence of wet dog fur,” you may still enjoy the Holy Grail of food and wine — BYOB.
BYOB used to sound cheap – it meant we had a surplus of folks on the party list, but a deficit in the beer budget. Now we have a more rarefied term for BYOB – corkage, as in “Do you allow corkage?” Over time, I am going to let you in on my local wine group’s corkage secrets. Who we are, where we go, what wines we bring, and how we decide. I’ll also explain the etiquette of corkage – how to ask, how to ask again, how to get a restaurant to reconsider, and how not to screw it up for the rest of us.
Jump for the whole story. Continue reading "B.Y.O.B. in D.F.W: Nonna Tata in Fort Worth"12 Comments »
William P. (Bill) Foley II has come a long way from his West Texas, Lonesome Dove, cattle ranching roots. The former head of Fidelity financial and current Chairman of the Fidelity Board of Directors wanted to create a legacy for his family and had a love for wine. In 1996 bought what is now Lincourt Winery in the Santa Ynez Valley of Santa Barbara County, California. From there he created Foley Estates Vineyard and Winery. Set on 480 acres, of which around 230 are planted with vineyards, Foley produces classic and highly regarded Burgundian style Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from their estate fruit in the Santa Rita Hills of Santa Barbara County. Continue reading "What to Drink Now: Foley Estates Vineyard and Winery"1 Comment »