Sorry, Oak Cliff. Sorry, Rob Shearer. East Dallas is starting to look a little more hip than Oak Cliff these days.
Cane Rosso announced last month that it’s planting its second location there, and now word comes that Houndstooth Coffee, a coffee-serious bar and shop based in Austin, is opening a 1450 square foot space on the southeast corner of Skillman and Oram.
Dallas native Sean Henry opened his first Houndstooth Coffee in Central Austin, but now he’s bringing his carefully curated coffee selection (which includes Cuvee, Counter Culture, and Madcap Coffee), at least two espresso options, and three brewed-by-cup coffees offered any given day to his hometown. Houndstooth also offers muffins and croissants, along with a beer and wine list for those of you not into coffee. We’re pretty sure that you will be, though, especially with the Houndstooth baristas guiding you through a special customization process that’ll ensure your becoming one of their patrons forever and ever.
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 »
I just checked in with Brian Marsters, the Director of Operations of Matt’s Rancho Martinez. Marsters didn’t go into too many details but said the long-awaited opening of the restaurant in Lakewood is now scheduled for “September 11thish.” Matt’s has certainly had a wretched six months filled with delays from permits, parking, neighborhood associations, and landlords.
The recent delay was caused by the back up of fire inspections due to the upcoming holiday weekend. They still have to pour part of the sidewalk and the patio wall but are eagerly waiting to get chiles rellenos to the tables on September 11thish. I love that.
Brian Marsters, Director of Operations for Matt’s Rancho Martinez, has saved 5,000 emails from customers asking when the new Lakewood location of this popular Tex-Mex restaurant will open. “I would like those 5,000 supporter to contact (Dallas City Councilmember) Angela Hunt and ask her the same question.” Marsters and co-owner Estella Martinez are befuddled by their situation. “We can’t open because we are caught in the crossfire of a feud between our landlord (Stonelake Investments), several area homeowners associations, and the City of Dallas.”
The saga started when Matt’s lease expired in February and the landlord chose to replace Matt’s with a Mi Cocina, which is already up and running. Matt’s relocated to the building vacated by Consignment Solutions at 1904 Skillman Ave. The opening has been delayed by a series of the usual suspects such as myriad permits, grease traps, and parking, but last Wednesday the plan for the restaurant and Stonelake Investments development projects clashed when Stonelake applied for a permit to close off a block of La Vista between Skillman and Live Oak and created a pedestrian mall.
Stay with me, now.38 Comments »
Each week Bolsa Mercado invites a guest chef prepare their to-go dinners for two which are available for purchase starting Thursday afternoons until they are sold out each week. Proceeds from the sales of the dinners will benefit Café Momentum, and each chef has been asked to incorporate produce grown in the garden of the Dallas County Youth Village within their menus. Today Jason “Don’t Call Me Harry Connick, Jr.” Maddy, execuchef of Oak, is in the kitchen. His menu and more info on Cafe Momentum below.
We called it here: Hot dogs are the new hamburger. It’s raining wieners all over Dallas. Phil Romano and Zaccanelli Food Group are readying to roll out Hofmann hot dogs. Today we learn Chef Brian Luscher of The Grape is throwing his dogs in the fight. On August 11, “Da Lusch” will debut Luscher’s Post Oak Red Hots at White Rock Lake Market. What are Luscher’s Post Oak Red Hots? They are house-made, all-natural, Post-Oak-wood smoked, South-of-Chicago- inspired sausages which will be served with pickles, sport peppers, mustards and other condiments made from scratch resting on fresh-baked buns from Garland-based bakery, La Francaise. Whew!
Will they be available at Eatzi’s? Probably not. For now, you can find them at White Rock Lake Market which operates the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at The Green Spot Market and Fuels. Need another Facebook “like”? BTW, all of you Chicago skeptics, and you know who you are, Da Lush is from hog-butcher-to-the-world town. And use guys, brush up on yah 588-2300, and git intada market beesfour yah beeyatch.5 Comments »
Score another win for East Dallas. This just in from Diane Savage of Stoney’s Wine Shop:
We are offering wine by the glass and by the bottle, cheese, charcuterie, and antipasto in a warm, contemporary, comfortable ambiance. Our new décor enhances the dynamic architectural elements of this historic wine venue (which began as Grailey’s by Lee Jaynes) The high wood ceiling, arches for cozy gatherings, wrought iron on the windows and door made by Dallas artist, Bert Scherbarth. We’ll host live jazz, regular tastings, special wine events with winemakers, private gatherings, and more. We will still operate as a full retail wine store for those customers who need a great bottle of wine to go, and, as before, offer temperature-controlled wine storage lockers.
Anybody remember Stoney’s when it was in that tiny rock house by AAC?2 Comments »