Jonn Baudoin is Working on a New Trinity Grove Concept, Sugar Skull Cafe

When Jonn Baudoin and Omar Flores decided to open a little seafood restaurant in Oak Cliff, their partnership, as Todd Johnson describes it, went “swimmingly.” In 2012, Driftwood became an instant hit. And it’s been one of the best restaurants in Dallas ever since.

Now Baudoin has decided to sell his portion of Driftwood’s ownership to co-partner Sal Jafar II.

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Diego Sanchez Blames UFC 171 Loss on Food Poisoning from SER Steakhouse

Mixed martial artist Diego Sanchez, 32, apparently suffered from a case of raw quail egg at SER before he competed at the Ultimate Fighting Championship 171 on March 15. The competition took place inside the American Airlines Center, and Sanchez blames his loss to Myles Jury on his dinner at the Hilton Anatole’s top-floor steakhouse, which is run by chef Anthony Van Camp. The MMA pro took to Twitter to complain very loudly about his unfortunate food poisoning case, even posting the entire menu to prove his point.

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Saturday Fire at Sylvan Thirty Destroys Teiichi Sakurai’s Ramen Shop

On Saturday afternoon, firefighters got a call out to West Dallas’ mixed-use development site, Sylvan Thirty. A construction welding accident led to a fire that destroyed one building in the 1800 block of Sylvan Avenue.

According to Sylvan Thirty’s spokesperson, Cooper Koch Smith, that building was the future site of Sync Yoga and Teiichi Sakurai’s ramen shop, Ten. Late last year, Sakurai told us he was planning to open his old-school ramen shop in May. The opening day will be delayed now. Luckily, construction inside Sakurai’s noodle-dedicated restaurant hadn’t started yet, prior to the fire.

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SideDish By The Numbers: The Greatest Hits of 2013

Here are the most-popular posts on SideDish in 2013. It’s a surprising list.

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Caprock Services Signs Binding Letter Of Intent To Sell Spoon Bar & Kitchen in Dallas

CapRock Services, a Dallas-based financial services company which provides working capital and business solutions to hospitality clients across the United States, has signed a binding Letter of Intent to sell Spoon Bar and Kitchen in Dallas, Texas, to Chanticleer Holdings, Inc.

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Graham Dodds to Leave Central 214 to Join Consilient Restaurants

I was fact checking some recipes for D: The Cookbook and chatting with Central 214 chef Graham Dodds. After finalizing the details of his cabrito recipe, Dodds said, ever so casually, “I just gave my two weeks notice.” Dodds, who is credited with being one of the first chefs to spotlight local products, is signing […]

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Monkey King Noodle Co. is Bringing Asian Street Food to Deep Ellum

While we’ve all been eagerly awaiting the birth of Dallas’ first dedicated ramen shop, Tanoshii, something equally juicy has been brewing in Deep Ellum. Three friends—Andrew Chen, Michelle Midyette, and Michael Wang—have stripped the old Santiago’s Taco Loco shop (3014 Main Street) of all its bright orange paint to modernize the standalone building. In a […]

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Pecan Lodge Institutes New Policies to Reduce Epic Long Lines

You’ve waited, I’ve waited, we’ve all waited a good two hours for Pecan Lodge’s fatty brisket and sweet potato Hot Mess. It’s always worth it, so we complain under our breaths and suck it up, anyway. But now, SideDishers, YOUR LIFE IS ABOUT TO CHANGE. That’s right. You don’t have to skip church on Sunday […]

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Mesa to Open Second Location in Southlake

Mesa Veracruz Coastal Cuisine, the tiny little restaurant in Oak Cliff that has struggled for life, is opening a second location in Southlake. According to Jaret Reyes, daughter of co-owners Raul and Olga Reyes, the restaurant will go into the space formally known as Buffalo Cantina (2801 E Southlake Blvd).  ”We are keeping the same menu […]

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Food News and No Booze (7/16/13)

Dallas News | myFOXdfw.com Apparently, the Lewisville City Council doesn’t think body paint counts as a “suitable cover-up at Redneck Heaven.” The waitresses at this restaurant apparently wear “anything but clothes” on occasional ABC days, which has caused some outrage in the neighborhood. According to myfoxdfw.com, Lewisville City Council voted unanimously to change the ordinance, […]

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Oak Announces New Executive Chef, Richard Gras

Due to personal health reasons, Jason Maddy had to leave Oak in late May. Two weeks ago, owner Tiffanee Ellman told me they were looking all over the place for a worthy replacement. “We’ve been searching like crazy, high and low, nationwide for quite some time,” she said. “Everyone was knocking on our door. We […]

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Judy Dunston Kissel is Forced Out of Partnership at Dunston’s on Lovers Lane in Dallas

I wasn’t going to post anything on this news until I sat down with Judy Dunston Kissel tomorrow, but I’ve received several emails from readers who are hearing different reports. All I can tell you at this point is that Judy, who has been working at Dunston’s Prime Steakhouse Lovers Lane for 40 years,  and her […]

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Shortage of Speculoos Cookie Butter at Trader Joe’s

Oh. My. God. Teresa “Gubbshoe” Gubbins has uncovered the startling news. I will not steal her thunder because her story is deliciously funny. I supposed hoarders are selling on eBay.    

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Chef Najat Kaanache is Staying at Private Social

Feisty executive chef Najat Kaanache is digging in her heels and staying in the kitchen of Private Social. Kaanache is in the process of putting together a new Awesome Texas Food menu which she will debut next week. I reached Kaanache this morning and we chatted about some of her ideas. This gal, who writes […]

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The Hospitality Sweet Opens in Downtown Dallas on Monday

Man, if I could marry Meghan Adams’ strata, I would. The first time I ate that breakfast egg strata with brie, bell peppers, and potatoes, I had three whole helpings . We were at a D Academy class day, and I barely listened to the speakers that morning because I was so focused on all the […]

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Thomas Gray Replaces Brian Zenner as Chef de Cuisine at Oak

Great news, SideDishers! The French Room’s old sous chef, Thomas Gray, is climbing the kitchen ladder. He’ll be taking over Brian Zenner’s old day job as Oak’s chef de cuisine. Does this mean Zenner’s out of a job? Heck no. Zenner’s been splitting his precious time working at Belly & Trumpet and Oak, but this […]

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Chef Jon Stevens to Leave Nosh Euro Bistro to Open Stock and Barrel. He Will Contribute to Mico Rodriguez’s New Concept, Mesero Miguel

Nosh Euro Bisto’s executive chef Jon Stevens’ last day at the popular Park Cities and Plano restaurant is Saturday, April 27. He’s leaving Avner Samuel’s kitchen with Samuel’s blessing. Stevens was hired by Samuel in September, 2010 and together they created two locations of Nosh. “We are parting as friends,” Stevens says. Avner and his wife,Celeste, […]

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Sylvan | Thirty Announces its Newest Restaurant Tenant: The Trough

Remarkable news just hit my inbox. Sylvan | Thirty, the West Dallas mixed-use development that finally broke ground on March 21, is getting a new restaurant tenant. It’s going to be called The Trough. I know what you all are thinking, because it’s exactly what I’m thinking. “Trough? What the heck is a trough?! Why […]

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It’s Confirmed: Josh Valentine is No Longer Working at FT33

Late last night, Mike Hiller posted on EscapeHatchDallas that Josh Valentine, pastry chef at FT33 and John Tesar’s archenemy on Top Chef: Seattle, has left Dallas to go back to Oklahoma. (This news comes soon after FT33 announced its chef de cuisine’s departure for NYC.) Hiller wasn’t able to get McCallister or Valentine to confirm this […]

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