The Palindrome (pronounced oh-ka-taco) by Maple and Motor’s Jack Perkins officially opened last Thursday for lunch. Even though the menu is short, it’s good for people like me who can’t really decide what to order. Three meat options – tender brisket, pulled pork, and chicken – are plenty enough, thank you. And, of course, I’ll take mine with a side order of chips and salsa.
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Nick Badovinus and chef Dan Riley have been hunkered down for over a year developing the menu and creating all kinds of delicious roasted meats for Off-Site Kitchen. Today he is finally opening the doors!
Now, hold your horses. The dining room is tiny. Off-Site Kitchen is basically a take-out restaurant with a few stools inside and some picnic tables outside. Here are some pictures of what you can expect. The food, inspired by “what line cooks eat,” is basically simple sandwiches and breakfast burritos made from quality roasted meats. Roll the Badovinus quote of the year:
“It’s light industrial food,” he said. “It’s the kind of food you want to eat before you go solder something.”
Off-Site Kitchen will be open for lunch only from 10:30AM until 3PM for the next two weeks. Then the breakfast menu will kick in and they will begin serving at 7AM and will remain open until 7PM. “After we hit our stride, we’ll start rolling out the meat-by-the-pound program,” Badovinus said. “I’m so excited. This place is a real man cave.”
The original date for OSK’s opening was February 14, 2011. After Badovinus missed his mark, he decided to workshop the place and open on Valentine’s Day this year. “You see how many financial sacrifices I made to pay for my original vision,” Badovinus said. “I mean I’ve got a wheelbarrow of pork rinds down here. Who doesn’t love that?”
Badovinus was only half-joking about the Valentine’s Day opening. He and chef Dan Riley have used the Off-Site Kitchen space to tweak the menus of Badovinus’ other restaurants (Neighborhood Services, Neighborhood Services Tavern, and Neighborhood Services Bar & Grill). They also use the huge kitchen as a commissary for the other restaurants. The receive, portion, and distribute all of the meat and seafood at Off-Site Kitchen.
SOLDER, EAT, REPORT. No call-in orders. Plan to show up and wait.
[Also, Neighborhood Services Bar & Grill in Preston Royal will open for lunch in two weeks.]
The menu and photos are below.
SideDish photographer Desiree Espada roams the roads with her camera looking for good things to eat and shoot. Check out her photo essay of Bolsa Mercado. Then feast your eyes on what to expect when the Jerry Garcia of donut making, James St. Peter, opens Hypnotic Donuts on Sunday, January 29.
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I once made my opinion of the (worthless) honeydew melon very clear. Today I bring up the yucky chicken wing. They have never appealed to me but apparently I am in the minority. This morning comes word from the National Chicken Council: “More than 1.25 billion wings will be consumed during Super Bowl weekend (100 million pounds!), and, if they were laid end-to-end they would circle the circumference of the Earth – more than twice – a distance that would reach approximately a quarter of the way to the moon.”
My initial response is: if you can circle the earth twice, why don’t you just drop off a few million pounds in places where one chicken for a village causes more excitement than the Super Bowl.
My secondary response is actually a question: How many chickens does it take to make 25 billion chicken wings. Hah! You say: do the math dummy; one chicken has only two wings. But your assumption would be wrong. I turned to the Wing-onomics department (true!) at The National Chicken Council for an answer.
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Restaurante Luna’s , the sit-down eatery attached to Luna’s Tortilla Factory, just announced that they’ve completed their orientation with TABC for their liquor license and that the margaritas will start flowing soon.
Gird your lions. This just in:
Sigel’s + Tesar + free Tequila + multiple locations = an outcome that’s anybody’s guess
On August 18, chefs John Tesar and Phillip Vorkoper of The Commissary, along with Camarena tequila, will host a free tequila and taco tasting from the Camarena Tequila Taco Truck parked first in the lot at Sigel’s Greenville store then moving on to the Addison location. Here’s the skinny:
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Camarena Tequila is a premium tequila, double distilled in small Alembic pot stills from 100% Jalisco highlands grown Blue Agave by a sixth generation Camarena family member master distiller. To highlight the affinity of this fine Tequila with great food, Chefs John Tesar & Philip Vorkoper of The Commissary will craft handmade, artisan tacos to accompany the free tasting.
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A friend called me this weekend with a mighty plea:
After many months of looking, much saving, and even a little groveling, Trent and I have finally purchased a house. It’s a beaut. Well, not yet, but it has serious potential. All it needs is a lot of elbow grease and a lot of vision. In week-one, I scraped four layers of wallpaper off the kitchen walls. In week two, I scraped four layers of wallpaper off the hallway and bedroom. In week three…well, you get the picture. The bottom line is that, by then end of every 12-hour shift, I am both extremely happy—and extremely hungry.
The problem is twofold: I’ve DIY’d myself into both exhaustion and some pretty significant tendonitis, otherwise I’d whip up a batch of my go-to rigatoni. But both my and Trent’s whip-up hands are smollen and on the fritz. But they are still capable of dialing the phone. Unfortunately, I don’t know my new neighborhood at all.
Please ask your readers to help me find the best takeout for these evenings when I am so exhausted I can barely see straight. Just tell me who to call and what to order.
So, SideDishers, it’s our duty to help this poor girl out. The neighborhood is Spring Valley and Hillcrest. Ready, set, suggest!12 Comments »