While a gospel choir from a church in West Dallas sang, I dug into my salad of grilled Texas peach, arugula, and Paula (Lambert)’s fromage blanc. I couldn’t find my husband. He’d finished his sweet summer corn bisque and gone to get a drink from Eddie “Lucky” Campbell, who was holding court at the bar. The wind picked up and the crowd collectively sighed. We were sitting in the middle of Dallas’ newest park, the Continental Avenue Bridge, which used to be a motor vehicle bridge until its neighbor (the Large Marge) opened in 2012. Sunday, the Continental Bridge opened to pedestrians and cyclists. We were there for the Gospel Brunch, which was part of the Trinity River Revel’s bridge opening celebrations. It was around 12:30 p.m., and though the sun wasn’t at full force, it was out. And it was hot. But the breeze felt great, and the venue couldn’t be beat.Read More
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.Read More
Dallas’ Economic Development Committee met this morning at Dallas City Hall, and Trinity Groves was on the agenda, specifically TIF (tax increment financing) reimbursements related to Phase II of the Trinity Groves project.
“They’ll be widening sidewalks and redeveloping two of the vacant buildings,” explained Karl Zavitkovsky, Director of Office of Economic Development for the City of Dallas.Read More
Here he comes again. Nick Badovinus will open Town Hearth, a 6,000-square-foot restaurant in the Dallas Design District dedicated to “open-hearth cooking with a heavy seafood influence and steaks with a generous spirit of cut and flavor and a commitment to community with a simple, straightforward approach to eating.” Got that? There’s more.
Town Heart is the largest project in Badovinus’ burgeoning portfolio. Currently his company, Flavor Hook, operates two locationsRead More
For a long time, a mysterious sign for Potato Flats hovered above (what I can only guess are) floor plans and construction materials inside an empty space at Trinity Groves, the West Dallas restaurant incubator. Nobody said a peep about the restaurant. Nobody knew the specifics of what Potato Flats had in store for West Dallas until now.Read More
Who is ready for the comeback of paella? Starting tonight at 5pm you can get a taste chef Omar Flores’ version at Casa Rubia. The Spanish tapas restaurant in Trinity Groves is a collaboration of Jonn Baudoin and Flores, the team behind the successful Driftwood in Oak Cliff. The menu will focus on their “spin […]Read More
Trinity Groves just got a little bit LUCKier with the opening of its new craft beer-inspired restaurant, LUCK. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.) Three friends—Jeff Dietzman, Daniel Pitman, and Ned Steel—are behind this laid-back concept. You can’t tell by looking at them, but Dietzman and Pitman are actually cousins; their grandmothers were sisters. Dietzman and Steel, […]Read More
As you all know, SOUK opens its pretty Moroccan doors for dinner service today inside Trinity Groves. And, yes, there are cronuts (aka “creative donuts”) on the menu. But we’ll get to that later. Yaser Khalaf (Baboush, Farnatchi), chef Najat Kaanache (who made a splash at the now-defunct Private Social), and Charles Accivatti have teamed […]Read More
Chef Najat Kaanache would like you all to know this: “It is very important to me that you know it was my amazing literary agent (also Phil Romano’s, Arnold Schwartzennegar, Dr Phil and Joel Osteen’s agent) Jan Miller and NOT Stephan Pyles that brought me to Dallas. I just met Stephan while I was having dinner […]Read More
Trinity Groves is a gray area of town for me. I know what’s there, but I don’t really know what’s there. Ya dig? Here’s your chance to get familiar with the West Dallas development. Fork Fight starts tomorrow. Don’t ask me why it’s called “Fork Fight,” because no one is really fighting with their utensils. […]Read More
I’m not sure what is in the water at the Trinity Groves headquarters, but I want some. The brains behind the 13-acre restaurant-retail-artist-and-entertainment development at the base of the west end of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge are working overtime. This morning comes word they company is going to organize a competition between the businesses […]Read More
Nick Badovinus just emailed the news. He’s opening a second location of Off-Site Kitchen in “the blue building on Singleton” in the fall. He says he’s glad to be back in business with Phil Romano, co-owner of Trinity Groves. Romano gave Badovinus his first job as an executive chef at the ill-fated We/Oui or was […]Read More
I have just completed D Magazine‘s June cover story: The 100 Best Restaurants in Dallas. Yes, I wrote 100 restaurant reviews and ranked the top 100 restaurants in Dallas. To complete the task, I had to toss out Fort Worth, Grapevine, and the mid-cities. Maybe next time. (Which will not be in my life time.) […]Read More
Really? Holy cow. I just flipped over to EaterDallas and saw the headline: Hofmann’s CEO Gets Sued for Using Company Money as His Personal Slush Fund. Frank, I know you’re a tough guy but, dude, you don’t ever want to piss off Phil Romano. (Right Dotty?) Especially on his home court of Trinity Groves. Allegedly, Zaccanelli […]Read More
What the heck is a permanent pop-up restaurant one might wonder? According the news release I just received it is a “restaurant, rotating up-and-coming chefs and design talent every quarter.” Like seasonal chefs. Kitchen LTO, a concept created by Casie Caldwell founder and owner of Greenz Salads, will open sometime in May. Here’s a brief […]Read More
It’s been awhile since we’ve heard anything about Uno Immanivong, the Dallas woman who owns the boutique food company, Foodie Couture. I asked Nancy if she knew her, and Nancy goes, “Sounds familiar… Mico Rodriguez?” Yep, apparently the two worked on a restaurant concept together back in 2010. It was going to be called Pinky […]Read More
A little weenie in the Hofmann Hots organization in Trinity Groves just told me the first “store” is getting ready for a soft opening on February 8.They will feature smoked kielbasa quarter pound or natural lamb casing German franks on housemade buns. Expect to see a Fajita Dog (grilled red and green bell peppers, grilled sweet onion, […]Read More
Who is Takeru Kobayashi? What are Hofmann Hot Dogs? Have you been living as a homosexual in a cave? 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. […]Read More
West Dallas is about to become the culinary epicenter of Dallas. Phil Romano, Stuart Fitts, and Larry “Butch” McGregor are hard at work on Trinity Groves, the 13-acre restaurant-retail-artist-and-entertainment development at the base of the west end of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. Just around the corner is Sylvan| Thirty, a project geared to attract […]Read More
The efforts to privatize the Dallas Farmers Market have been futile and the city of Dallas’ efforts to energize the DFM have been quagmired in chaos. I’d love to see someone swoop in and make the DFM a destination for residents, framers, and visitors. However, the emergence of Phil Romano’s Trinity Groves project in West […]Read More