John Tesar Talks Untethered Veal to Wall Street Journal, Plans to Open a Steak Restaurant in Dallas

John Tesar is talking about opening a steak restaurant in Dallas. He’s got it all planned. It will be different. It will be chef-driven. I will be located centrally in the 214.

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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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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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Chalk Talk: Tasting 90+ Wines at Ruth’s Chris In Fort Worth

I love wines with scores higher than my IQ, so when the peeps at Ruth’s Chris in Fort Worth invited me to a meal organized in conjunction with Wine Enthusiast Magazine and accompanied by wines that scored 90 or more points out of 100, I jumped at the chance. We started with a sparkling wine […]

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Oceans of Prime at Ocean Prime

This week Ocean Prime in Dallas held a media dinner to promote its new summer menu. Prior to attending, I knew its a steakhouse. I knew that the decor was upscale. But there were lots of things that I did not know. For instance, Ocean Prime  placed third on D Magazine’s 20 top steakhouses in 2011. […]

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Bailey’s Prime Plus: New Management. New Menu. Avner Samuel Has Left the Building

Earlier this week, I attended a media event at Bailey’s Prime Plus flagship location at The Shops of Park Lane. (Ed’s Note: Last week we reported that the Fort Worth location is now closed.) The gathering was held to showcase the changes the restaurant has made since owner Ed Bailey hired Avner (Nosh, Snack) Samuel […]

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Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse Offers Power Couple Menu for $99

Tonight is the first night of Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse new “Power Couple” menu. For $99, two people can dine on a three-course menu of some of Del Frisco’s most popular dishes, including prime steak and crab meat. I sampled execuchef David Holben’s menu this week at an event for the media at the […]

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Oh No! Say It Isn’t So! Nana Will Turn Into A Contemporary Steakhouse Called Sēr

“Hey, honey I’m in the mood for a good steak tonight. Where should we go?” “How about Sēr’s?” “No, I don’t want a new washing machine, I want a cowboy rib-eye. Why would I want to go to Sears?” Okay, it needs a lot of workshopping but so does the name Sēr. That is the […]

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Bailey’s Hosts Soter Vineyards

One of the titans of California, and later, Oregon, winemaking is Tony Soter. After successes consulting to Araujo, Niebaum-Coppola, Shafer, Spottswoode, Viader and Dalle Valle he scaled back to focus on his Californian venture, Etude and, more recently, his Oregon property Soter Vineyards. Last week his winemaker at the Oregon property, James Cahill, worked the […]

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Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Tasting at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse in Dallas

Last week Nicki Pruss of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars was in Dallas. She presented a powerful, but eclectic assortment, of her wines at the restaurant with the best wine list in Dallas, Pappas Bros Steakhouse. Luckily, I was an invited guest at the dinner which showcased her wines. Pruss has a big responsibility. As winemaker […]

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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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Occupy Nana: A Peaceful, Tell-Your-Nana-Love-Stories Protest to Keep it Alive

My plea: I can’t write it, sing it, dance it, or say any better than Neil Sedaka. You can help save Nana by writing your stories about your experiences at Nana. Put on your go-go boots and come-a come-a, down dooby do down, down to the comments.

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Nana Restaurant in Dallas to Close in June and Reopen as a Steakhouse in September

This news breaks my heart. Nana Restaurant at the Hilton Anatole, led by the talented and innovative chef Anthony Bombaci, will close on June 9. The restaurant will undergo reconstructive surgery and emerge as an upscale steak house in late September. Here are some of the details I’ve beat out the bushes. The new name […]

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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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