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Trash Talking With John Tesar The Most Hated Chef in Dallas. Or is He?

I recently talked some trash with Jay Jerrier. Today, I will attempt to get inside the head of chef John Tesar. Love him or hate him, he can cook. “His” new restaurant, Knife Modern Steak, opened May 15. Let’s get to it.

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Sneak Peek: John Tesar Shows Us a Glimpse of Knife

Chef John Tesar is back at it again. His much celebrated restaurant, Spoon, is no longer an only child. He is coming at this ravenous city with something almost unheard of in Dallas: steak. I jest, but this particular fine dining steakhouse, which opens May 15 in Central 214’s old spot, will set itself apart not only with the wild Chef’s personal flair for madcap exuberance, but by its selection of rare and alternative prime cuts. As Tesar told the crowd of media that attended a preview of Knife’s facility last night, “Where Spoon is more intimate, Knife is social.” Here are the essentials you need to know.

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The Localist: Steak 101 at Local Yocal

Hamilton spent his early years on a farm in rural Oklahoma growing peanuts and cotton. Similar to most local food producers, he got his start selling grass fed and finished beef at McKinney’s downtown farmers market, however he quickly learned that selling products to the public a mere four hours a week, six months a year in ideal weather was not a sustainable business model. When the opportunity to purchase a nearby storefront arose, he and his wife jumped at the opportunity. Beyond the beef selection, you can find Village Baking Company brioche buns, pasture raised chicken and eggs, locally made chocolate, and Texas olive oil.

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Dee Lincoln’s Second Steak & Burger Bar Opens in Plano This Friday

Friends, it’s happening.

That corner of Park and Preston is turning into a bustling center for good steaks and burgers, starting this Friday, April 25. Executive chef Andrew Powers is guiding his team to make a “land and sea” burger, jumbo sea scallops, and an eggplant parmesan burger for vegetarians. Nice.

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Dee Lincoln Steak & Burger Bar to Open Second Location in Plano

Female powerhouse and restaurateur, Dee Lincoln, is opening a second Dee Lincoln Steak & Burger Bar at 4701 West Park Boulevard. It’s in between Preston and Ohio. The menu will have a few more creative burgers added to it, and there’ll be a huge 80-seated dining room, an open kitchen, patio, and outdoor lounge.

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Nick Badovinus Announces New Restaurant Concept: Town Hearth in the Dallas Design District

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 locations

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Ser’s ‘Veuve With a View’ Dinner Inspired This Love Post

The media invite came across my inbox like a swift kick from Frank Dux himself. Jean-Claude Van Damme in Dallas? For a special Ser dinner?

For a man who’s had his up and downs yet still managed to maintain a body crafted to perfection with legs engineered to defy the laws of physics, I thought only briefly of how it seemed strange that he would host a dinner in Dallas with tickets being a measly $169 per person. How can the king of kicks be so modest about his impact on our culture, so much so that it’s almost safe to add it up to a double impact? Being such a hard target, I dropped my sewing kit and rushed out to Ser to embark on what I was certain would be the journey of a lifetime. Well, piss in my Wheaties, it turns out that it’s actually just a dinner featuring the other, and almost as famous, Le Grande Dame from Vueve Clicquot. Everyone knows the flagship yellow bottle from Vueve Clicquot and its power in granting men powers over women that often lead to broken hearts, so it was safe to say this could be a good night.

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Get Your Meat On: Dee Lincoln Steak & Burger Bar Starts Dinner Service on Sept. 12

Cholesterol scholesterol. All you people trying to lose your tire bellies better start ignoring me now. I’m about to talk about all your favorite red meats. Mmmm. Dee Lincoln, the woman behind Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse and the Tasting Room & Bubble Bar, is giving Dallas people exactly what they want: a menu that […]

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Dee Lincoln to Open a Steak & Burger Bar in Uptown This September

Texas sure does love it some steak and burgers. The mere mention of those two words is probably making some of y’all salivate already. Moneymaker and restaurateur Dee Lincoln (previous co-founder of Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House and owner of Dee Lincoln’s Tasting Room & Bubble Bar) has set her sights on combining two […]

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Fourth of July Guide: 4 Dallas Chefs’ Favorite Cookout Recipes

This July 4, don’t settle for your usual hot-dog-and-hamburger routine. Four Dallas chefs are sharing their secrets and tips for the tastiest Independence Day cookout your neighborhood has ever seen. Step it up a notch with Lockhart’s spicy adobo sauce, Komali’s pineapple habanero ribs, TJ’s grilled salmon with cucumber dill sauce, and Chino’s teriyaki steak […]

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Chef Jon Stevens to Leave Nosh Euro Bistro to Open Stock and Barrel. He Will Contribute to Mico Rodriguez’s New Concept, Mesero Miguel

Nosh Euro Bisto’s executive chef Jon Stevens’ last day at the popular Park Cities and Plano restaurant is Saturday, April 27. He’s leaving Avner Samuel’s kitchen with Samuel’s blessing. Stevens was hired by Samuel in September, 2010 and together they created two locations of Nosh. “We are parting as friends,” Stevens says. Avner and his wife,Celeste, […]

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Sēr’s Third and Final Tasting is All About the Bar Food

Anthony Van Camp, the bright executive chef of Sēr, is still fiddling with the menu he’ll be presenting to the public when the Hilton Anatole’s newest steakhouse opens on October 1. So far, construction is well underway and the insides of what was once Nana, Anthony Bombaci’s domain, is now gutted, stripped, torn, and shredded. […]

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Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins Owns Part of Mr. Mesero. Rules: “Best Steak in Town!”

Gromer Jeffers Jr, a reporter for the Trail Blazers Blog at the Dallas Morning News, states the facts: 1. Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins is in the restaurant business. He owns a small stake in Mr. Mesero, an Uptown Mexican spot that opened late last year. 2. Dallas County Commissioner Elba Garcia, Jenkins’ Democratic ally […]

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Ruth’s Chris Holds National Wine Release Dinner

It was a packed house at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in Dallas last Thursday as the restaurant played its part in the simultaneous exclusive pre-release of 2009 Paraduxx Z Blend, Napa Valley Red Wine (a Duckhorn portfolio wine) at 81 US locations across the US. Z is a blend of predominantly Zinfandel. Also served were other […]

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Big Dog Wine Tastings Program Resumes at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse in Dallas

I’m glad that Pappas Bros. Steakhouse really uses their massive wine cellar. While other high-end eateries present highly populated lists or display a large inventory of wine, Pappas Bros. services their customers and parlays their 2,000+ choice cellar into multiple formats of wine tastings. One of the best is the monthly tasting of several wines […]

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