Two distinctively different food truck/trailers in Fort Worth shut down . Zombie’s vegan food truck announced late last week that they would stop serving, and now news that The Wienerman is moving on.
However, this week, we are adding a Dallas-based food truck to our schedule: Lucky Ducky Dogs. They started rolling a couple of weeks ago. I’m not sure about their tag line: “Fun With Meat,” but we’ll find out as soon as possible.
Yellow Belly is new to the Dallas market as well. Yellow Belly is focusing their point-of-view around the yellow tomato. It seems a bit odd, but the menu looks attractive, so we’ll see if they can deliver.
Since it is getting colder, we are seeing a slowdown in events. Sigel’s on Greenville still has their Wednesday and Friday night events. There is a new popup event at the CVS at Preston/Beltline on Thursdays. They call it Gourmet Eatz. This week will feature Ruthie’s Rolling Cafe, Taco Party, Sweetie Vs and My Cupcake Garden.
Deep Ellum Outdoor Market will be open this Saturday, with Bombay Street Food and Eat Jo Dawgs.
Here is your schedule for the week. Always remember to check Facebook and Twitter before venturing out.
When I heard about the subtle, on-the-sly transition from Bolla to T/X Restaurant at Luxe Stoneleigh Hotel & Spa, I quickly dialed the hotel and found myself fumbling.
“Can I please speak to the manager of Tee-Ex Restaurant?”
“Excuse me, you want to speak to the manager of our hotel?”
“No, maybe it’s T Slash X…? Tex? Or Texas?”
The hotel’s PR company finally set me straight: I was correct the first time. Bolla’s new name is now T/X (pronounced Tee-Ex). It’s unfortunate. The guys who came up with this new name were only two letters away from giving this restaurant the coolest name in Dallas history: T-Rex. But oh well. T/X will have to do.
Luxe Stoneleigh wanted a more casual restaurant for out-of-towners, and Bolla never closed during the transition. One day it was Bolla, and a few weeks ago, it sneakily became T/X, a Texas-inspired restaurant that now serves chicken quesadillas (really?) and hanger steak sliders. New executive chef Marcelo Vasquez, who previously worked at Whiskey & Rye and Cast Iron Restaurant, is sticking to meat-centric dinner entrees like beer braised short ribs and T/X tenderloins.
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Chef and owner Laurent Poupart is about to get slammed. With business. Once his new restaurant, JoJo (no relation to the singer), opens its beautiful Plan B-designed doors, 2626 Howell Street will be one of the sweetest people-watching spots in town. (Uh oh, BBC in The Quadrangle, you better watch out.) Poupart is still kind of new to town. He’s only been living in Dallas the last 3.5 years, but he has a good sense of what Dallas likes. He and his partner, Mike Moreno, have installed a beautiful open kitchen for guests to have that chef bar experience, a living chandelier over communal tables, and a killer enclosed patio.
The patio is Royce Ring’s favorite part. He and his Plan B designers have created a geometric cypress water feature that makes soothing rain drop sounds. Big drapes create a partition between the patio and garage, so you can’t actually tell that you’re sitting less than 100 yards from parked cars.7 Comments »
In the November issue of D Magazine, I review Nora Restaurant and Bar. I’d eat there once or twice a week if it was in my neighborhood. Lucky for me owner Matt Pikar’s Afghan Grill is in my wheelhouse. I can’t live without it.
Chef/owner Matt Pikar’s successful Afghan Grill in North Dallas draws a faithful crowd of international diners. When he decided to open another restaurant with a similar menu, he smartly assessed that he would encounter too many fussy, Archie Bunker-style diners on lowest Greenville, so he named his new outpost Nora Restaurant and Bar. The name doesn’t imply that you will find a menu filled with exotic concoctions created from various combinations of pumpkin, eggplant, leeks, spinach, chickpeas, lamb, meatballs, and chicken. If you can get your meat-and-potato-minded friends in the front door, they will leave satisfied and enlightened. Start with the kadu, thick slices of sautéed pumpkin covered with a slightly sweet and spicy yogurt meat sauce laced with onions, tomatoes, garlic, cloves, turmeric, cardamom, and mint. If that is too much of a leap, then pick more familiar items such as grape leaves, hummus, or sambosa goshti, a savory baked pastry pie. Entrées include qabili palao, tender bits of lamb sautéed with a handful of carrots and raisins. Meat dumplings are steamed and served beneath yogurt meat sauce with a swift kick of mint. The Archies in your group will gravitate to a grilled rib-eye or beef kofta (ground beef sausage) kabob served with saffron rice.
I hate to break it to ya, but there are only 10 days left until Thanksgiving. Ten. This holiday is about to creep up on us, fast. Make your life a lot easier and visit our growing list of places to pre-order turkey and sides, as well as places to dine on Thursday, November 22.1 Comment »
If I ever want to get a good sleep I have to turn my computer off. If I don’t, I run the risk of passing it in the middle of the night and noticing the little green light next to Teresa “Gubbshoe” Gubbins’ name on gTalk. For while I am making a middle-of-the-night bathroom run, Gubbshoe is scouring Facebook, Craig’s List, Angie’s List, and this list, and beating stories out if the internet bushes. I swear she is a vampire.
This morning she shines a beacon on the big news in East Dallas: Jay “The J” Jerrier is opening a second location of Cane Rosso at 7328 Gaston Ave. at Grand Avenue, near White Rock Lake. (I know something about Jay that she doesn’t but I’m not telling!)
Anywhoo, it begs the question: Does North Oak Cliff have a hipper food scene than East Dallas? Or vice versa?
Do you like the Goodfriend-Mecca-Matt’s-Barbec’s sensibility of East Dallas or the Oddfellows-Bolsa-Boulevardier-Smoke-Hattie’s vibe of Bishop Arts District and North Oak Cliff? And WTF, Marc Cassel? Will you ever open?14 Comments »
Seats are almost sold out for Tei An‘s Thanksgiving dinner. If I were you, I’d pick up my phone right now (assuming, of course, you can afford the $150 per person ticket) and call to reserve a spot. Chefs Teiichi Sakurai and Bruno Davaillon are both preparing a four course, Japanese and French-influenced Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday, November 25 at 7:30 p.m. Meanwhile, the talented Jing Wang, concertmaster of the Dallas Opera, will serenade with pretty violin music.
This weekend’s Travel and Adventures Show at the Dallas Convention Center showcased a number of different travel destinations, but more importantly (for our purposes), a wide variety of chefs. Saturday’s visitors got to sample Prajakta Remulkar’s minced meat pies and Ken Patrick’s smoked brisket tacos, and learn how to roll sushi with Carl Rosa. Sunday, Tiffany Derry of Private | Social showed off her Peking duck with sweet potatoes.
I caught up with chef Evelyn Williams as she prepared her mile high caramel apple pie napoleons. With Thanksgiving less than two weeks away, fall pies are definitely on the mind, and this quick and easy recipe is sure to jazz up any holiday table. To get the demonstration going, Chef Evelyn began caramelizing apple slices in one pan and concocting her caramel sauce in another with sugar, butter, vanilla, and heavy cream.
“I never said this was a healthy recipe,” she joked. If only you could smell the apples through the Internet. Thankfully for amateurs like myself, this recipe calls for a low number of ingredients.