We all love Jeffery Hobbs, especially Nancy, who reviewed Sissy’s back in July and wrote inspiring lines like “The ham salad and pimento cheese plate swept me back to my childhood faster than my therapist could ever hope to. After one bite, I was 5 years old” after eating his Southern cooking.
This just means that September is a bittersweet month for Sissy’s. Jeffery Hobbs is leaving to pursue his own project (aka opening his own restaurant), and sous chef Chris Ostlund is taking the helm as execuchef. According to Hobbs, Ostlund was groomed from the very beginning for this position, and Hobbs and Lisa Garza still remain great friends despite the split. Hobbs is still helping out with the new lunch service that’s starting on Tuesday, September 18. Hobbs, Garza, and Ostlund all worked on the menu together.
I tried to get Hobbs to spill the beans about his mysterious “project,” but the guy is superstitious to the max and won’t let out a single peep. “I really can’t say; I can’t talk about anything,” he says to me… at least five times. “There are a couple of things that need to be nailed down. Even when you feel like it’s a for sure thing, there are things that come up.”
But here is what I do know after much cajoling: Hobbs is looking at two different spaces and still deciding. The food at his restaurant is “basically a confluence of everything that [he's] ever done before.” It’s going to be simple and American. (“Not exactly Southern,” he says.) When I asked if he was going to name his restaurant “Jeffery’s,” Hobbs laughed and said no. He’s still deciding on the name, but it’s probably going to have an abbreviation.
SideDishers, do you have any good guesses??
An article on Eater Dallas says that Bailey’s in Fairview is closed, but I just called the restaurant two seconds ago and I can assure everyone that it is very, very open today, just like it normally is. Eater editor Whitney Filloon reported today:
Word on the street is that Bailey’s Prime Plus in Fairview closed over the weekend. Calls to the steakhouse reach a recording stating that they were closed for Labor Day on Monday but would reopen yesterday at 4 p.m. (That didn’t happen.)
The voice on the other end of the Bailey’s line, Sarah, says that Bailey’s did reopen yesterday and doesn’t have a clue why people would say the restaurant is closed when it isn’t. Hm. I sniff a conspiracy.
Some wine drinkers tend to only open a bottle of Rose in the summer time…quite sad as the delicate, approachable sometimes earthy, sometimes fruity Rose tastes great anytime of year, especially in Texas where we always seem to be a little bit warm. The same could be said for some white wines that are only pulled off the store shelves when people think of sipping something on a patio. Here are a few bottles to consider as we go through these last few weeks of summer, and hopefully you’ll be convinced they taste just as good in November as they did in September.
A few selections were sent for editorial consideration.
I first tried the latest release of Stoller Rose of Pinot Noir last December when it was still in the stainless steel fermentation tanks just after a very late harvest in Oregon.
I was shocked at the intense ruby red grapefruit flavor of the wine at that stage. I tried it again on a recent trip to Oregon and was pleasantly surprised by how those juicy, red grapefruit notes were still present, though softened slightly with additional layers of oranges, strawberry and a touch of spice. A beautiful Rose to enjoy anytime of year, but keep an eye out for it as once released at the winery it does sell out fast.
Glory, glory, hallelujah! The Emporium girls, Mary Gauntt and Megan Wilkes, are making already cool Oak Cliff even cooler with their new pie shop at 314 North Bishop. Dang. Back in February when Daniel Walker was still with us, he did an incredible story on these wonderful pies. And the photos of them look amazing.
Nothing exciting ever happens in my hometown of Carrollton, except for, say, maybe a new water tower being built every now and then. But now that Quaker Steak & Lube, a popular wing franchise in the Northeast, has decided to park its first location right on Hebron Parkway next to 121 (behind the Burger King), I think my quality of life just jumped ten points higher.
‘Tis sad but true.
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I just got off the phone with Corey Pond, one of the organizers behind this whole Untapped Festival shebang that’s happening on Saturday, September 8 from 1 to 11 p.m. Not only is there going to be an incredible lineup of Indie rock bands (The Burning Hotels, David Dondero, The Eastern Sea, etc.) at Trinity Groves, but there’s also going to be 50 different breweries with well over 100 beers at this thing. Holy cow. And 20-30 beers are rare and limited editions. Some of them have been brewed especially for this event, like Deep Ellum Brewing Co.’s green tea and sriracha ace (of the hop variety), Peticolas’ vanilla bean velvet hammer, and Rahr’s barrel-aged chile beer.
If you’d like two free tickets to the Untapped Festival, tell us what your favorite local beer is down below in the comments. The ticket winner gets two concert + beer tickets (each valued at $30), which includes a 2 oz. glass so you can sample 12 different kinds of beer. I’ll pick the random winner at 5:30 p.m. today, and that person (with a legit email address) will find out how to claim his or her tickets.