Word comes that Justin Holt isn’t done with his ramen pop-up shops. He’s doing another one this Saturday at Ten Bells Tavern. Just a little over a week ago, Teresa Gubbins posted on CultureMap that the Lucia-turned-Driftwood chef decided he would take a break from mass-producing his noodles in disposable bowls. But the ambitious man hasn’t slowed down, and he told Steven Doyle he’s gonna stick to his “road to ramageddon.”
I have to admit I wasn’t too sad when Holt said he was done with midnight ramen for good. I know a lot of people have given Holt’s handmade noodles positive reviews, so maybe I had a weird batch at Ten Bells that February night he opened his pop-up shop, right after a successful run at Tradewinds. But I also can’t help wondering if maybe – just maybe – people in Dallas are so overhyped about ramen (Ten Bells was scarily packed that day. It felt like Shanghai.) they think anything that resembles ramen tastes like the stars and planets aligning. That Saturday, I overheard several people say Holt’s ramen was fantastic – and the pork belly definitely was – even though the broth tasted overwhelmingly like soy sauce. It was so salty I could feel the insides of my cheeks swell up. It was like getting my wisdom teeth pulled all over again. But, like I said, it could have just been an off day for Holt. I’d be happy to try his ramen again at a sit-down place where hungry masses aren’t going haywire.
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Ramen, ramen, ramen! After I read about these pop-up ramen shops on craveDFW, my instinct was to hide this bit of news from you guys. I wanted all the ramen to myself. Alas, the web editor told me that this is my job. I must do it. So here I am. Justin Holt (Lucia) will be at the Tradewinds Social Club on Friday and Ten Bells Tavern on Saturday, after midnight, with $5 bowls of ramen.
Since it’s National Margarita Day, Central 214 is doing a lil’ somethin’ somethin’ just for y’all. Bartender Amber West is making $9 Avaritas (tarragon, thai chili, infused el Jimador, Mathilde XO), and you can get a chicken confit quesadilla + mini Avarita for $12.
NOSH on Oak Lawn is having a Middle Eastern cooking class at 10 a.m. It’s $85 for the class, lunch, and wine pairings. Call 214.528.9400 to reserve a spot.
Chef David Anthony Temple is back with another weird, but interesting email. He’s hosting a pre-Oscar night celebration at 7:30 p.m. in Deep Ellum, where he’ll be featuring clips and short films to go with his Django Unchained soul food gumbo, Les Mis salad, and wild boar and smoked boudin for Beasts of the Southern Wild. To RSVP, email email@example.com. Continue reading "Pop-Up Ramen Shops, Oscar-Watching Parties, and Other Things to Do and Chew in Dallas This Weekend, Feb. 22-24"2 Comments »
Joey and Chi Le, the cute hubby-and-wife team behind Wicked Po’ Boys, have eaten their way around the world (notably Vietnam, Japan, and New York). They know their noodles. Now the Les have bravely decided to open a ramen shop in Deep Ellum, where the old Baker’s Ribs used to be. Tanoshi Ramen should be open by late February/early March 2013.
“Tanoshi” means “enjoyable” in Japanese. So, enjoyable ramen is exactly what these guys are after. Chi says, “I wanted it to mean something along the lines of pure joy.”
The menu will feature ramen, of course, and Vietnamese-inspired small plates. The Les are incorporating a lot of what they grew up eating at home into Tanoshi Ramen. “I know it’s a little bit of a mix,” says Chi, ”but I think it’ll touch everybody.” Bánh xèo (Vietnamese crepes) and pork belly buns will be on the small plates menu. As for vegetarian options, Chi and Joey have already put a lot of consideration into making Tanoshi enjoyable for their meatless guests. The pork belly buns will have a vegan option, and the soup-based ramens will have a veggie option as well. No vegan/vegetarian will be left behind.
It’s a lot of pressure for Chi and Joey to bring good ramen to Dallas, but I’m rooting for them. Dallas needs Asian street food – the kind you find on a random dirt road in the middle of nowhere, Taiwan. But maybe I’m hoping for too much, too fast. We’ll see how Tanoshi Ramen turns out.6 Comments »