Zac Crain and I almost got into a fistfight today at lunch, but that wasn’t because we ate at Stackhouse Burgers. The new joint is on Gaston, just down the street from the Elbow Room and Baylor Hospital. A homebuilder named Randy Kienast co-owns the restaurant, which is in a renovated house that was built in 1925. Kienast did the renovation, and he did it well. The place has a good vibe.
Zac is a vegetarian, which is one reason he’s probably so filled with anger and bile. He ordered the veggie burger ($6.95), which was of the bean variety. Despite his distemper, he said he liked it. Me, I got the Cuban (Canadian bacon, ham, Swiss, thinly sliced pickle, mustard, $8.95). I thought the sandwich was delicious, if a bit pricey. The thick-cut fries ($2) were a welcome complement.
The three ladies who made up the rest of our lunch party went with the chicken club ($7.95) and hamburgers (either a single 6-ounce patty, $5.95, or two patties, $8.95). Here’s where we ran into some trouble. The griddled brioche-style buns were delicious, but they were also very absorbent and fell victim to sandwich sog. Each of those three sandwiches became unwieldy midway through the meal and had to be finished with fork and knife. One of the ladies remarked, “Ooh, I’m getting all messy.” To which I responded: “Yeah, you are, you little sandwich eater. I bet you like that. Go ahead. Wipe your mouth.” Zac lifted his gaze from a Words With Friends match just long enough to glare at me.9 Comments »
After a year and a half of gathering customer feedback La Madeleine has updated their style. This morning the La Madeleine at Northpark invited the media to come see the first newly designed restaurant and to sample their holiday dessert menu.14 Comments »
Teresa Gubbins is reporting the Fort Worth Star-Telegram is confirming Trader Joe’s will open a “12,500-square-foot store at 2701 S. Hulen St., which is between West Vickery Boulevard and Bellaire Drive South.” Go nuts.7 Comments »
No, that is not a typo. Yes, it is fork to farm. What does it mean? On November 17, the folks at The Ranch at Las Colinas will host a showcase of local and regional products event. Think of it as a farmers market at a restaurant. And people walking around with a bunch of forks. The farmers will mingle with the customers who will hopefully fill recycled canvas bags with local honey, eggs, and herbs. Yow. Zah. The press release also mentions live animals! And cocktails! Oh my. Jump for the full lineup. Continue reading "Fork to Farm Celebration at The Ranch at Las Colinas"
These sweet little babies above were pulled out of the cold waters off Nantucket yesterday and are headed to Dallas as I type. Some restaurants serving them include Fearing’s, Abacus, Stephan Pyles, Nosh, Lucia, T.J’s Seafood Market, and Eddie V’s. Restaurants, list your names below if I missed you.8 Comments »
Each fall the major California wineries producing Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet blends release their new wines. For most wineries, these vintages are three years old. Some wineries are exceptions as they age their wines for more or less than the most popular length of time. As a result, this year most new releases are from 2008, but some 2007s, 2009s and other years can be found in the mix.
Sigel’s gathered 38 of the best and invited Dallas buyers to The Park City Club this week to sample them. I was fortunate to be invited as a guest. Attendees could also dine on the excellent heavy hors d’oeuvres of tenderloin of beef, cheeses, chicken quesadillas, and fruit.
The overall quality of the wines was exemplary. Something that prompted The Wine Spectator to comment “2008 Cabernet Sauvignons approach 2007′s stellar quality. The 2008 vintage so far ranks among the best of the decade. Perhaps the only hurdle it faces in reaching the apex is that it stands in the shadow of the monumental 2007 vintage.”
Interestingly, although these wines are designed to age, almost all are drinkable now, especially with some fatty red meat such as rib-eye or T-Bone steak to soften the tannins. Salt on the meat also moderates the texture of tannins in the mouthfeel.
Jump for tasting notes. Continue reading "Latest Releases of Major California Cabernets Tasted in Dallas"
Waiting on the corner to cross Ross this morning, I overheard one guy — earring, late 40s — say to his buddy, “I woke up at 6 again. Ate that veal chop. Just cold, right off the bone. It was perfect.”
Made me think about the weird breakfasts we sometimes eat. This morning I ate a handful of raw almonds, 1/3 of an apple (honey crisp variety, I think), and about six Doritos (spicy cheese or something like that). Breakfast of champions?
What did you eat to break your fast today?28 Comments »