About 18 months ago we were preparing for the demise of fine dining and the end of Avner Samuel’s reign in Dallas. But after Avner and his wife Celeste closed their opulent eatery Aurora, they rolled up their sleeves and started over. Again. They created Nosh Euro Bistro and filled a niche for Highland Park diners. It’s casual but not so casual that you can’t sample fine cuisine.
Obviously their concept is working. They are building a second location in Plano this fall. I hear the new location will be a little larger and have nice patio and bar areas. The full menu will be available in the bar and the kitchen will offer counter seating. Plus there will be an 18-foot communal table between the expo area and the bar. It sounds like Plano-people watching heaven. (Or hell.) The space at 4701 W. Park Blvd in Plano is already under construction and so far Avner is still speaking to the crew! Avner says he has “plans in the works for other concepts above and beyond NOSH,” but until then we’ll wait to see if they can pull this one off. Nice to see Avner hit a hot streak. Kudos to his kitchen staff and chef Jon Stevens for hanging in there.
Ace contributor Brooklynne Peters files this report from last night’s Chefs Under Fire event at Milestone Culinary Academy:
Last night, more than 100 Dallasites gathered at the Milestone Culinary Arts Center in Dallas to participate in DFW’s very own Hell’s-Kitchen-esque chef competition, Chefs Under Fire.
Chefs Scott Loranc (Central Market Austin), Kevin Martinez (Tokyo Café), Thuy Nguyen (Tarrant County Community College) and Juan Rodriguez (Reata Restaurant) competed against one another for the regional title by preparing the best, most creative dish they could with surprise ingredients, which were revealed to be tile fish, sweet corn, okra and Texas peaches. The winner would continue on to compete in the Chefs Under Fire Final Competition on October 16th in Austin.
I just stuck my head inside the just-opened Taco Taco restaurant in the southwest quadrant of Preston Royal Shopping Center. It’s located in the jinxed spot that runs along the side of Sushi Star. Most recently it was the Chicken Coop. The nice man at the door gave me a menu and a free sample of their chips and salsa. He claims everything is made fresh and they don’t use any lard. Short menu includes quesadillas, tacos, burritos, and “fresh smashed” guacamole. 5954 Royal Ln. 214-750-4420.
UPDATE: I was just contacted by a representative from Taco Taco in San Antonio who says the name is trademarked.
“Can you please edit your article. The name Taco Taco is copyrighted and trademarked by the famous restaurant in San Antonio. Permission was not given to whomever opened this store and are not affiliated whatsoever with the one in San Antonio. A lawsuit will be filed Monday for trademark infringement .”
I spoke with owner Eddie Hija. He was unaware of the San Antonio restaurant. “I went to the city and registered my DBA and nothing came up under that name,” Hija said. “They may be registered in San Antonio but I didn’t see it in Dallas.”16 Comments »
Another week, another food truck schedule. This week City Street is the only truck rolling for breakfast. Gandolfo’s NY Deli is still searching for good breakfast locations. Ruthie’s Rolling Cafe happily tells us to look for them on a Thursday morning Channel 8 News report. In addition, we bring you schedules for Ssahm Korean BBQ, Nammi Vietnamese, Jack’s Chowhound, enticed shaved ice, Crazy Sisters, and il Cane Rosso’s mobile pizzeria. And more.
The first week KRLD Restaurant is over and I have to say I’m a little disappointed in you guys. I loved reading all of your reviews of your meals but most of you neglected to mention your server by name. Much less take a picture of them and submit said server for our unofficial “Server of the Week” contest. However, Disher Margie Hubbard didn’t fail. She sends this photo of Matt along with a comment: “Our server, Matt DeMoss, at The Grape was excellent! Well spoken, poised. There when you need him and not overly attentive. Just right! Our meal was fabulous and so was he. Cute, too!”
There are still openings for restaurants participating in the extended version of KRLD Restaurant Week. Check them out here. Don’t be shy. Take your camera. These servers are working their butts off.
Okay Dishers, we have rounded the first corner and headed into the straightaway of week two of 2011 KRLD Restaurant Week. Comments are open and operators are standing by ready to take your opinions. GO, EAT, REPORT! Take pictures of great servers!10 Comments »
An animal-loving Disher files this report:
Nancy, here’s a terrible experience last night [Saturday] at Maple & Motor. It turned out okay but could have been much different: A rather disheveled woman driving a green Mazda (with Wisconsin license plates) was at Maple & Motor around 7:30pm. It was 103. She left her dogs in the car with the windows barely cracked open. There was the long line of folks waiting to order and I knew they would have been trapped in that hot car for at least twenty minutes. Poor dogs.
Apparently the staff at M&M called for the owner to let the dogs out. However two groups of customers also called the police. I contacted owner Jack Perkins. “We did have a situation like that,” Perkins said. “We did champion the welfare of the animals, as we always will. The customer, who was not a regular, went home, left the animals, called in, and picked up the order later. No human or animal was injured in the making of their hamburgers. Well. I suppose the cow was.”