It’s Copper River salmon season and that means a couple of things. First of all, Copper River salmon families will be torn apart and tested to their core. The salmon families that inhabit the river will be ripped apart, made destitute, and turn some young, unassuming salmon teenagers to do unspeakable things. It also means we will be eating them and they’re pretty darn tasty. Dallas chefs are already on the salmon steamer collaborating and creating dinners to showcase the delicious river creature. Last Thursday, I attended a dinner as a media guest at Rathbun’s Blueplate Kitchen where Kent Rathbun, Matt Mcallister of FT33, and Scott Romano of Nick and Sam’s paired up with the folks at the Alaskan Brewing Company to match their creative salmon visions with selections from the brewery’s solid lineup of beers. Also, being that the Copper River is in Alaska, this makes for a rather spot on collaboration. Fortunately, Dean Underdahl from Alaskan Brewing Company also attended the dinner to share with us the intricacies of the beer selections and inform us about the amazing sustainability practices of the brewery. Don’t be mad at us if you missed this. We told you about it.Be The First To Comment
It’s that special wild salmon season time of the year again, and three places (that I know of) are celebrating with fresh fish. Here’s where you can catch your favorite omega-3 source sources in Dallas this year.
1. Whiskey Cake
From the marketing coordinator’s mouth: “This year, Whiskey Cake is going straight to the source and purchasing their salmon directly from Northwest Fish Traders in Alaska, a company selling freshly caught wild salmon from the Copper River. I just heard word that Michael, one of the fisherman from Northwest Fish Traders, has braved the bad Alaskan weather and found some great wild salmon! The first shipment will arrive at Whiskey Cake this weekend and will be served starting on Monday, May 20.”
Okay, I’ve since abandoned my pear and my stomach feels kinda queasy, but you can’t blame me for clicking on a headline like “The Best Placenta Recipes on the Internet!”
Because I bet you will, too.
You suck, Cheap Bastard.
P.S. Placenta ice cream should be the new breast milk ice cream.2 Comments »
Last night I had the opportunity to join the monthly wine dinner held at the new location of TJ’s Seafood Market featuring the wines of Dallasite, Mike Merriman. I was a guest of TJ’s owner, Jon Alexis, who firmly believes the best food to pair with wine is seafood, confirming he is in the right business. Not being a huge beef eater, I have to agree. The nuances and layers of flavor you can extract from seafood, either served in its most natural sushi style state, or covered in rich and flavorful sauces make it the ideal canvas to highlight subtleties in various wines from whites to reds.1 Comment »
As of last night, football season is on again, and with the Rangers poised to win the AL West yet again, it’s good times all around for the local sports enthusiast.
And for those who aren’t into sports, there are always food blogs.
Luckily, we all need food to keep from dying, so in that respect, food and football go hand in greasy, sauce-stained hand. Football, of course, means grilling (honorable mention: chicken wings). This season, we’re starting with some lighter fare: salmon burgers. You’ve got until early February to gorge yourself on burgers, dogs, brats and whatever else your inner fan demands. No need to overdo it.
Oh and do yourself a favor and buy beer for the game on Saturday. Kickoff and the start of beer sales on Sundays are, cruelly, at the same time. Don’t become another statistic. Continue reading "Look What I Made: Salmon Burger Recipe"1 Comment »
Our photographer Elizabeth Lavin just happened to be in the neighborhood on Saturday when she caught this fire at Villa-O on her iPhone. After trying to reach someone at Villa-O over the weekend, someone from corporate finally told us there was a (supposedly) teeny tiny fire over the weekend, and Villa-O will be closed for the rest of the week due to renovations. She didn’t tell us how the fire happened or how big it was, afraid that we’d leak a story that’d freak people out and have them wondering if it was the Second Coming. The restaurant is telling everyone it’s closed this week and will probably open this coming Monday.
Jump for a glimpse of this small fire.
Remember the fish-themed spot Wyland’s Ocean Blue in Willow Bend? No? It was open for at least six months. When they closed, we all wondered what would happen to all of the under-the-sea décor and fixtures. Today we’re worrying no more. We hear The Shark Bar, a sports bar and restaurant, is filling the space that was also once Mercury Grill and other stuff I can’t remember. The website says the spot is “the brainchild of three Dallas entrepreneurs” who, according to this source, are Frederick Sambina Alima, Jimmy Don Hays and Arthur Johnson.
According to this job listing, The Shark Bar is going to be fancy. Think bottle service at Willow Bend. Snippet:
We are looking to partner with experienced restaurant marketers and nightlife promoters that can assist with spreading the word and creating a buzz of excitement for our new spot. Our concept is really dynamic in that we’re locating in a popular shopping mall. By day we’ll be a great gathering place for families, business people and shoppers – great food, high energy environment and a beautiful space. At night, we’ll turn into the premiere gathering place for cocktails, VIP bottle service and live entertainment. The Shark Bar & Grill will be the only establishment in the mall with a nightlife/live entertainment component.
Oh, no! Here comes that song!5 Comments »
Nancy’s about to quit SideDish. She just wrote me an email that’s too funny not to post. “HOLY S@#$. HOLY S@#$ Save me a space I’m coming to work at S30 HOLY S@#$.”
It’s true. I’m fixin’ to move to West Dallas too. Teiichi “Teach” Sakurai is not only about to celebrate the four-year anniversary of Tei-An in One Arts Plaza, he also just signed on as the sixth and newest tenant at Sylvan | Thirty, the mixed-use development scheduled to open in Spring 2013. Teiichi’s yet-to-be-named fresh fish market will be in the corner building at the intersection of Sylvan and Fort Worth Avenues, and customers can directly walk from there to the other building that houses Cox Farms Market and Matador Meat & Wine.
Teiichi’s fish market is joining Cox Farms Market, Matador Meat & Wine, Pearl Cup Coffee, Sync Yoga & Wellness and a culinary incubator (overseen by Sharon Hage) at Sylvan | Thirty, which is set to become the culinary hotspot of 2013.
Wait, before all that happens, Teiichi still needs to come up with a name! SideDishers, y’all are good at this! Let’s help a brother out. What should Teiichi call his new fish market?
Check out this vintage sign that was shipped to Dallas. It’s currently getting hooked up inside a local restaurant. Guess the name of the place and you will win a Godiva Chocolate black-almond-truffle-scented candle.36 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.
Let’s be honest. Nobody really travels to Lewisville for the food. If they do, they travel along 121 only to get stuck in the congestion that clogs up Vista Ridge Mall on weekends. Or maybe they have a thing for the Talbot’s Outlet Store on East Round Grove Road (like my mother). The parking lot at the Applebee’s in that area is always maddeningly full.
I made it my mission to find a place where non-Lewisville people could potentially travel to eat – a place that wasn’t even in our restaurant listings yet. That’s when I whipped out my Google search skills and found the Bayou Market, an “Authentic Cajun Kitchen.”
I’ll be quick and to the point: Canary By Gorji is the most underrated restaurant in Dallas. Every time I eat there I am seduced by the creative cooking and I fall in love with Chef Mansour Gorji.
I took my family to Canary By Gorji for dinner last night and we had a comfortable, laid-back dining experience. (I don’t have pictures because I didn’t use my cell phone.) The music, service, food, and atmosphere all work together to produce a calm atmosphere. We left happy and I didn’t feel like I’d just worked a review.
If you’ve eaten at this small, mostly Mediterranean-inspired restaurant, you have met Gorji. When he isn’t at a market buying fresh ingredients, he is in his kitchen creating unique dishes or visiting with customers. He was the first chef to champion the pomegranate, which he still uses as a garnish on steaks and in sauces. Last night, I devoured a celery root (trending!) and carrot salad that was so fresh it tasted like it was just plucked from the garden. The filleted trout served with a just a touch of white wine and lemon sauce is topped with tart barberries and capers. His food is so clean; so delicious. My mother claimed the pork chop as “the best she’s ever eaten.”
Gorji is a hard working chef. Not only does he cook every night, he supports local charities and produces a line of products which are sold online and in local stores. I’ve never seen him without a smile and a good-natured laugh. Go visit him. He will dazzle your taste buds and your heart.
Given its Campbell Road address you might expect Kinado to be easy to find. Not so. It is tucked away an inside tract of the strip shopping center that occupies the southeast corner of Campbell and Central. Once you find it, you’ll discover a fairly dramatic dining room with chic, modern design elements that would not be out of place in any of the most fashionable parts of town. On one wall is a well-stocked bar that takes a stab at the current cocktail craze. On the other, there is an open sushi kitchen surrounded by seats for those who want to see the show. Subdued light helps to make the large space more intimate after nightfall.
Jump for the owner’s history of sushi in Dallas.
The facelift at Sea Breeze Market & Grill is complete. The dining room, seafood market, and bar have all been expanded and gussied up. And fishmonger Rick Oruch has a message to all of you from New England: he will offer whole belly clams on the menu January 19-22.
OK, it’s no secret that we’re really impressed with Joe Martin and Johnny Koons, the two Highland Park buddies who moved from Dallas to Alaska to found Stormont Williams Fish Co. We were so impressed with their story, in fact, that we devoted several magazine pages to them this month. Today on Facebook, the duo posted pictures showing how the fish they catch makes its way from the boat to your doorstep in Dallas.
Check it out.