It's Drinking Week at City of Ate, which means even more stories than usual about our favorite pastime. Check back for more stories about craft beer, killer bartenders and more. Mustachioed, bowtie-and-fedora-wearing Newsies extras shaking out cocktails is so last year: This is the year of the "lad ... More >>
There's more to life than The Big Rib.
Outpost American Tavern sits north and east of Bishop Arts District a few blocks away from the Houston Viaduct. With it, Chris Jeffers and his business partners (the ones also behind Smoke, Bolsa and The Foundry) continue a run of carefully conceived restaurants and bars -- ones that transport you. ... More >>
Nestled on the corner of Zang and Beckley, just over the bridge into Oak Cliff, sits restaurateur and venue owner Chris Jeffers newest acquisition. With Outpost American Tavern, Jeffers and his business partners (who also own Bolsa, Smoke, and The Foundry) decided to deliver something new and differ ... More >>
In Oak Cliff, ex-warriors charge into the local food movement.
Oak Cliff's annual Blues, Bandits and BBQ this weekend isn't just an opportunity to gorge yourself on competition-worthy smoked meats. It's also a historic moment for Dallas -- the first chance to buy beer from Four Corners Brewing Co., one of the breweries featured in Lauren Drewes Daniels' excelle ... More >>
Another local gem is national news. Just a few months after opening, Travel and Leisure magazine has selected The Foundry in north Oak Cliff as one of "America's Best Outdoor Bars." Assests of a good bar, according to T&L, are sun, cold drinks and a dash of atmosphere. Can't argue with that. From ... More >>
Oak Cliff's latest delivers decent sides, misses on the chicken and still manages a home run.
This week over on the music side of the Observer, Daniel Hopkins interviewed Chris Jeffers, one of the owners behind Bolsa, Smoke, and more recently, The Foundry and Chicken Scratch. The piece pictures Jeffers on his new bicycle: a pimped up paletero cart with a hot rod paint job. I called up Jeffer ... More >>
Chris Jeffers, the subject of this week's music feature story, is a quote machine. It's tough to translate his enthusiasm to written word. Raspy sentences pour out of him like grand statements.I asked if I could follow him around for a day a few weeks back, and he politely obliged. We went to his ot ... More >>
In these economic times, the live music budget in many households is one of the first to go. When things get tight you either need superior finagling skills or a place to see free shows. Of course, there are tons of free shows in town. In fact, if you head over to Potbelly right now you'll catch a g ... More >>
Mother's Day is only behind Valentine's Day in terms of craziest days to eat out. Choosing almost any other day of the year would be probably provide a better experience, but mom gets what mom wants on this day. I prompted Chris Jeffers, co-owner of Smoke, one of the best brunch spots in the city, ... More >>
Oak Cliff's Foundry, built into the space of previous bar Jack's Backyard, is quickly becoming one of the coolest venues in town. Thing is, it hasn't even had a show yet. This weekend, a Rockers vs. Mods party will remedy that.On Saturday, Sleezy Mancini, The Black Dotz, Missile and The Boom Boom ... More >>
February was a busy month in the Dallas food scene. The highly anticipated Off-site Kitchen finally opened its doors, along with a handful of other eateries. Read on for the full opening and closing slate and be sure to share tips about restaurant openings or closings in the comments section below ... More >>
Chef Tim Byres, Chris Jeffers and Chris Zielke, co-owners of Smoke, have seen fit to transform the spacious old Jack's Backyard spot to a beer garden called The Foundry and a chicken stand called Chicken Scratch. The latter isn't open just quite yet, but the former -- the drinking part -- is. Way ... More >>
If you were happy enough to see last week's nasty weather keep the unruly Super Bowl crowds out of town -- or safely contained in their hotel rooms -- for a few extra days, well, you probably don't own a restaurant. Or maybe you own a restaurant inside a hotel.Either way, the Greater Dallas Restaur ... More >>
Walk into Smoke early on any Saturday afternoon and you'll get the sense that the year-old restaurant hums along effortlessly. Simple preparations, a small, amiable kitchen crew, a mastery of the menu. Truth is, the food takes hours to prepare and there is meticulous care in the execution of wh ... More >>
Robert Bostick.Right to left: Chefs Nathan tate, Randall Copeland and Jeff Harris relaxing.After eight months of charitable cooking, the chefs behind the ambitious 48 Nights project recently put the popular weekly event to bed. Dallas restaurateurs Chris Jeffers, Chris Zielke and Tim Byres r ... More >>
Photos by Andrea GrimesTwo Bloody Marys, twice the perfection.Yesterday, I made love to Don Draper.He was gentle when he needed to be gentle, and he was rough in all the right places. We talked. We caressed. And as I laid there in his 3,000-thread count sheets and watched him pour me another Scot ... More >>
Sorry I didn't make it out to The Gourds show at the Granada on Saturday; had every intention, as it's been too long. And I was just thinking about the boys -- came across the Picket Line Coyotes' '88 cassette Upholstery Van Songs right before Christmas in a Sound Warehouse crate full of demo tap ... More >>
Sara KerensIn this week's Observer, Dave gets back to barbecue with a visit to Smoke, the Oak Cliff spot alongside the Belmont Hotel, opened in August by Bolsa's Chris Zielke and Chris Jeffers.Beyond the food, the place has style -- Chris Jeffers' snakeskin coat at the grand opening left no doubt ... More >>