Press release just in:
Haystack Burgers & Barley, opening mid-April at the Richardson Heights Shopping Center. Owned and operated by local residents Kevin and Jenny Galvan and Rob and Christine Wondoloski, Haystack will be a true neighborhood burger joint with a quirky, southern vibe that offers fresh, mouthwatering burgers, hand-cut fries, creative sandwiches and selection of salads. Haystack will feature local handcrafted beers on tap and The Haystack signature drink.
The bottom of the release notes Kevin Galvan owned Ricardo’s Tex-Mex in Allen and “the Galvan’s industry experience runs deep, and their family is best known for ties to Dallas’ Tex-Mex history.” However the Galvan’s ties to the restaurant Luna de Noche are not mentioned. Just curious.2 Comments »
Everyone is moving to Lower Greenville these days. It’s because they all want to be in close proximity to Trader Joe’s turkey meatballs when the grocery store finally opens. I don’t blame ‘em. Mudsmith just got there, Carnival Barker’s first storefront is heading there, yadda yadda yadda. It’s going to be one hell of a party on Greenville Avenue, come summer.
Since they figured the tenants in Lower Greenville are pretty cool, the owners of Goodfriend Beer Garden and Burger House decided join in the fun. Matt Tobin, Josh Yingling, and their partner-in-crime, Ryan Chaney (who couldn’t make it to our interview), decided to hire Oliver Sitrin (formerly from Village Marquee) to be the executive chef of their new restaurant, The Blind Butcher. It’s going to be at 1919 Greenville Ave, and it’s opening someday in the near future. (The press release says late spring.) The Goodfriend boys have known Oliver for awhile, but now they all get to be one big, happy family together. I’ll shut up now and let you hear the rest of the story for yourselves.
Matt Tobin: At first we were like, “Too bad Oliver’s not available.”
Oliver Sitrin: I came to Marquee because he (Tre Wilcox) brought me there. That’s my boy. Him leaving? I was going to leave also. I actually left one or two days before he did.
Blame it on Paula Deen. She popularized the donut burger trend (meat patty squashed between two donuts), and now Twisted Root is taking it a step further. For the month of February, TR is featuring the “If This is Wrong… I Don’t Want to be Right” burger for $9.99. It’s a cheddar burger with a fried egg and two strips of bacon snuggled up inside two donuts.
If you’ve given up desserts for Lent (like me), this may be the perfect way to get around it…
…but then that would defeat the purpose of Lent. Crud.
Who walked into Twisted Root (Richardson) the other day? Ryan Gosling? Joseph Gordon-Levitt? Would George Clooney order a turkey with extra cheddar???? Whoever it was, Server 200 had the hots for him/her. The anonymous receiver posted the receipt on Reddit today for the Dallas world to see.
The takeaway: wear tight pants to Twisted Root. Compliment the server on his/her crisp uniform. Throw a 1000-watt smile in their general direction. Flip your hair or something. Earn 65 cents back.
Easy as pie.
One thing I love about MOOYAH people: They’re always giving away free stuff. And I think they know how much I like free stuff, so they’re always telling me about it. True, I’m a sucker. Since today is the only day you can get a free turkey burger with any drink purchase at MOOYAH, guess what I’ll be doing tonight?
Buying a drink at MOOYAH and celebrating with my free turkey burger.
Also, MOOYAH is starting to carry jalapeño ketchup. In case you were wondering.
Here’s another reason to venture out to Fort Worth: Rodeo Goat Ice House.
Sam Wynne (whose father, Shannon Wynne, is behind the Lark on the Park) is the owner of this casual gourmet burgers-and-cold beer joint at 2836 Bledsoe Street, near Fort Worth’s Cultural District. It’s apparently “not upscale, not pretentious, no cute food.”
Good. Because we’re tired of cute food over here, and we’re glad mini Wynne is putting his feet down.“There really isn’t anything like Rodeo Goat in the Metroplex. We’re serving more than a dozen different gourmet burgers, and our beef is ground in-house daily, which makes for a really fresh and organic taste.”
Take a look at this be-moo-tiful menu.
This year’s Burgers and Burgundy benefitting DIFFA (Design Industry Foundation Fighting AIDS) maintained its posh and tasty reputation at the home of Steve and Anne Stodghill on Friday, October 19. Chef John Tesar, due to compete on Season 10 of Top Chef this fall, headed the event once again.
Guests, with cocktails in hand, enjoyed burgers, wine, and specialty cocktails poolside from the likes of Tiffany Derry (Private Social), Michael Sindoni (Charlie Palmer), Scott Romano, Patton Robertson (Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck), Ross Demers (Ocho Kitchen + Cocktails), Dan Landsberg (Dragonfly), Samir Dhurandhar (Nick & Sam’s), and of course, John Tesar (Spoon Bar & Kitchen).
It looks like Beck’s Prime, the burger joint on Forest and Preston that also offers filet mignon and Dom Perignon is opening a second location. Per the Comptroller, Beck’s Prime Greenville, LLC. just received a sales tax permit for 4616 Greenville.1 Comment »
We are a city that loves a good wine dinner, and autumn brings a season of celebrating to the forefront, often with charitable dinners for a cause and walk around tasting events featured almost nightly throughout town. Here are a few must-attend events – some with charities attached – to put on your calendar over the next few weeks.
October 19, Chef John Tesar will take a break from competing on Bravo’s 10th season of Top Chef for the 4th annual Burgers & Burgundy event, creating specialty sliders alongside some of Dallas’ favorite chefs, with proceeds benefiting the Dallas chapter of DIFFA (Design Industry Foundation Fighting AIDS) at the home of Anne and Steve Stodghill. Tickets are $75 a person/$150 for VIP, tickets available here. Continue reading "Upcoming Opportunities To Taste"
Animalistic hunger rages in my underbelly. I feel fists clenched and taste buds curdling. The stiffness in my calves is no doubt from the disco ball dangling like a thousand man giants reminding me of brighter nights beneath a Taiwanese moon in the July of Gelderlands Revival. A quick sniff reveals that food is served here at Regal Beagle. This place is a dive. Billiards rage and musical classics beckon from the jukebox. A patron named Jeff is asking me about my intentions, and he is charming and delightful. The locals drinking at two in the afternoon are boisterous and nonetheless calming. Black walls, billiards, foosball, and the horseshoe bar all tickle my fancy bone, and I give my hand to the charming chefs who have recently taken over the kitchen.
Ben Johnson and Nick Vakidis left Terilli’s to start up the kitchen at the Regal Beagle. For three weeks now, they have cut their fingers and blistered their social lives to build a beautiful stuffed burger, or Stuft, which is the name of the kitchen itself. I delighted in their story and entrepreneurial magnetism. Two dudes and a hefty skillet have come to this dungeon with a bright and beautiful basket of food. The stuffed buffalo fried chicken sandwich surprised me with its smoothness, much like my uncle Ricky on an all-night roller through Chinatown on my 13th birthday after the Mariners lost the World Series…and he still managed to commandeer three honeysuckles from the VIP for his indulgence.
Hopdoddy Burger Bar’s fries are like crack. On my way home from work yesterday, I found myself driving with my left hand and digging into my doggy bag of cold fries with my right. An equally cold cup of green chile queso sat snuggly between my thighs for some french fry dipping action. It’s not safe to eat and drive, kids, but sometimes it can’t be helped. Not when you’re a Hopdoddy fries addict.
The addiction started with a quick trip to the Austin-to-Dallas burger chain. Hopdoddy Burger Bar opened in Preston Center yesterday, and it still has its signature lime green chairs and efficient service that makes the South Congress location always buzzing at max capacity. The burgers here are the same ones I’ve eaten at the Austin Hopdoddy: Buns are made fresh every day in-house and baked to buttery perfection. The meat is cooked to a pink medium rare unless the customer notes otherwise. And despite all the toppings that go into these burgers, they won’t fall apart and make you look like an idiot in front of your fellow burger companions. Awesome.
National _____ Days get kind of annoying unless it’s National Labor Day – a holiday I thoroughly enjoy with every fiber of my couch. (I hope you guys don’t take that the wrong way.) Anyways, it’s Cheeseburger Day today. You better go to your favorite burger joint and snarf one down like there’s no calorie count. Or, if you’re a cheapo, here are some specials deals you can find around town:
Last night I dropped by Tried and True, the newest bar/restaurant creation by Nick Badovinus. I don’t know how this man does it, but he has pulled together another unique and spirited concept. Badovinus has a loyal team of chefs who helped him construct yet another ingenious food menu. It’s short, but oh so cool: whiskey pate, flat top pork chop and country ham sandwich topped with smoked cheddar and house made apple butter ($13); peppered beef nachos ($11); and platters of country hams from Broadbent (Kuttawa, KY), Meacham (Sturgis, KY), and Benton (Madisonville, TN). The full menu is here!
Cocktails feature 86 Company Spirits, founded by Jason Kosmas. The beer selection is divided into Texas, American, and International. The whiskey program at TNT is vast and includes bourbon from some of Kentucky’s legendary distilleries such as Woodford Reserve’s small batch, Makers Mark ‘46’, and Four Roses’ small batch listed alongside a Old Rip Van Winkle (aged for ten years) and the 100-proof Rock Hill Farms single barrel straight bourbon.
In less than two months, it’ll be October. And once it hits October, I can stuff my face into a Hopdoddy’s classic burger, which is precisely what I plan on doing as soon as this originally-in-Austin burger place opens up in Preston Center. My homeslice William over on Park Cities People dropped by the storefront and has the details on how one can get hired at this joint.
In conjunction with July’s Best Suburbs issue, I’m traveling to 10 different ‘burbs in the DFW area for a semi-weird cross-city food tour. I’ll be documenting all my finds in these ‘Burbalicious posts that’ll be peppered throughout June and July. If you feel like your suburb deserves a shot at some SideDish love, email me and I’ll ask my Magic 8 ball if I should go. Last time, I went to Irving.
I didn’t think it was the brightest idea when Jason, the Web Editor, suggested that I find an ethnic restaurant in Sunnyvale, the whitest town in North Texas. Mary Dews, a previous counselor for the Dallas Tenants Association in the mid-1980s, filed a lawsuit against the city this year for perpetuating racial segregation and Sunnyvale’s maintenance of its all-white character. Memories of sitting across from skinheads in St. Petersburg’s subways suddenly came to mind when Jason told me to travel to Sunnyvale. It was one of the last suburbs on my list to visit. I dreaded the trip.
I figured it’d make big headlines if someone killed an Asian woman in Sunnyvale (or at least make it onto Frontburner), and Jason would inevitably feel terrible guilt for making me go there. That’s the worse that could happen, right? Yelp led me to a Wai Cafe, a restaurant that serves Chinese food and burgers. Entirely skeptical of this concept, Desiree and I drove 15 miles east of Dallas towards 3839 North Belt Line Road where we found the most fascinating Chinese restaurant I’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting… in the whitest town of North Texas.
Kobayashi, excuse me, Kobi (小林尊), is the “Japanese eating sensation” who has claimed “dozens of competitive eating titles, including downing a world record 69 hot dogs in 10 minutes in July 2011.” That is not a typo. SIXTY NINE. (He also inhaled 337 chicken wings in 37 minutes.)
This morning Hofmann Sausage Company of Syracuse and the Zaccanelli Food Group of Dallas signed Kobi (please don’t confuse him with this loser) “as a business partner and brand ambassador.” Kobi joins, wait for it, the “Dream Team of Hofmann ownership which includes Roger Staubach, Frank Zaccanelli, Phil Romano, and Jim Boeheim and drives the creation of a new business division designed to expand the U.S. and international reach of Hofmann Hot Dogs.”
In other words, Hofmann Hot Dogs, the oldest hot dog company in America, are now posed to become the new hamburger. If Dallas restaurateur Phil Romano has his way, every child in America will eat 2,000 pounds of Hofmann hot dogs a year. Romano plans to roll out hundreds (thousands?) of Hofmann hot dog restaurants across the country. First one is set to open in Trinity Groves.
If you don’t believe me, you can just jump.
If you don’t want to jump, you can watch Kobayashi eat…6 Comments »
To gear you guys up for July’s Best Suburbs issue, I’m traveling to ten different ‘burbs in the DFW area for a semi-weird cross-city food tour. I’ll be documenting all my finds in these ‘Burbalicious posts that’ll be peppered throughout June and July. If you feel like your suburb deserves a shot at some SideDish love, email me and I’ll ask my Magic 8 ball if I should go.
I was in the midst of composing a Shakepeare sonnet for this Country Burger (est. 1973) post, but I decided against it. I can already predict what the comments might say. They’d mostly be some variation of “you suck” and “your poetry makes me want to rip my hair out.”
Here’s the thing: I went to Parker last week and seriously considered eating grass or a whole cow since there was nothing edible in that town. The landscape looked at me, and I looked back at it, my stomach still growling. Good church-goers pointed me towards Murphy, which pretty much looked like the Promise Land of food at that time. I was hopeful. The grass looked way greener over yonder in Murphy.
Do the burger jump. Continue reading "‘Burbalicious: What I Ate in Murphy"
Yelp! I hate somebody. Yelp! Almost everybody. Yelp! Won’t you please hate me!
—all due respect to John, Paul, George, and Ringo
Why I don’t like Yelp: Reasons number 2,343 and 2,344.
Yelpers walk into restaurants and introduce themselves as Yelpers, demand special attention, and become customers from hell. If they don’t get it, they murder the restaurant online. Usually you can flush out the grandiose writers by their pompous style. I’d hate to be a restaurateur and deal with these types.
Restaurateurs rating competitors on Yelp. Yesterday Maple and Motor’s Jack Perkins “exposed” Dace Street, the son of Gene Street who has been around the business (Snookies) for a few decades. On M&M’s Facebook page Perkins writes: “Check out what Dace Street is willing to do” and links to Street’s Yelp profile page. Street is out in the open: he boldly posts his picture on the page which also contains ten reviews. He gives 5 Stars to the Street-family-owned Liberty Burger and one to Maple and Motor.
It’s all bollocks. This is all starting to make Harvey Gough look like a softie. Hi Harvey, I’ll take a number 2 and melt the cheese!
UPDATE: I just received this note from Dace Street: “Some one is screwing with me. I took down the yelp profile that was associated with me. Good grief! I never took any pot-shots at M&M or anyone else.”
Few restaurants have received as much pre-opening buzz as Nick Badovinus‘ highly anticipated Off-Site Kitchen. As a fan of his work at the Neighborhood Services ventures, I’m not ashamed to admit that I was as giddy as a school girl every time a shred of news regarding its opening surfaced. Naturally, when Off-Site Kitchen did open, 98% of the blogosphere rushed to see what kind of magic Badovinus and crew had been brewing up for all those months, and appropriately, nearly every food writer got right to work gushing about it all over the internet. And honestly, it deserved every bit of praise that has been thrown at it.
Now that some of the early chatter has started to simmer down a bit, it seems only appropriate to express my love for the humble, working-man’s menu at Off-Site Kitchen, particularly through praise of one of my favorite items on the menu board, the 48-hr cracked pepper brisket sandwich. It took a few visits to be able to mentally pry myself away from their excessively delicious burgers, but when I was finally able to take the plunge into non-burger territory, my efforts were so handsomely rewarded, I no longer fear to stray.