Cook Hall

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2013

    Thanksgiving Cooking Tips from 18 of Dallas' Best Chefs

    My excitement runneth over. With the best holiday of the year just a few days away, it's about time to start getting prepped. But it's hard to know where to start. That in mind we asked some of Dallas' best chefs for some Thanksgiving cooking tips. Omar Flores, Driftwood "Thanksgiving for me is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2013

    Cook Hall Has a New Chef and a New Menu, and They Want to Make You Fat (and Happy)

    When the W Dallas reopened its restaurant as Cook Hall, there wasn't much reason to get excited. Dry charcuterie, bland sliders, soggy shrimp and other dishes that seemed less than inspired made the closure of the hotel's old restaurant Craft, where even something as simple as roast chicken once see ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2013

    Hibiscus Executive Chef Takes Over at Whiskey Cake

    Gastropubs everywhere! Just eight days after The Dallas Morning News published Leslie Brenner's guide to gastropubs, Whiskey Cake announces the gastro-blah blah based in Plano has a new chef. Brent Hammer, formerly of Hibiscus on Henderson, will take over as chef de cuisine. See also: - With a Name ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2013

    Cracker Barrel, Rodeo Goats and Tofu Porn: This Week in Dallas Dining

    It's over. All those special occasion dishes, all the festive cocktails, they're all gone. It's that time of year when were forced to come back to our desks and actually work, even if our desk tops have been pushed a little further away from our faces by a growing holiday midsection. You'd think we' ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 3, 2013

    Try Cook Hall for a Pregame Fill-up

    There's not much reason to go there otherwise.

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2013

    Cook Hall's Food Isn't Good Enough to Draw in This Critic

    While working on my review of Cook Hall, I kept wondering if the restaurant would draw the consistent crowd that eluded Craft. Craft closed earlier this year because of slow sales and a concept that didn't really suit the neighborhood. Cook Hall swept in to counter these problems with a casual and m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2012

    Here are Dallas Bars That Won't Kill Your Bank Account For New Year's Eve (Updated)

    Update: I told you I'd find more bars that wont kill your finances. If you really want to throw down on New Year's Eve, The Loon is offering up their deadly-strong drinks with no cover in Uptown. While over on the East Side of Dallas Ships Lounge is ringing in the New Year with free champagne. Ev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2012

    The Biggest Restaurant Closings of 2012

    Time for some more year end reflection. Next week we'll look at the most notable openings, but right now I'm feeling glum. Did you lose one of your favorite restaurants recently? There were a number of notable closures over the past 12 months, some of which were expected and others which were a com ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2012

    Cook Hall Opens, Love Shack Closes and More From a Very Busy October

    Another very busy month has come and gone, and with it several Dallas restaurants have opened while others have closed their doors for good. Read on for the full list and be sure to share tips about restaurant openings or closings in the comments section below or at Opening ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2012

    Cook Hall, Located in the W Hotel, is Now Open

    Cook Hall, pegged as a modern "American gastropub" has taken over the space that once housed Tom Colicchio's Craft. The restaurant has been transformed from a formal dining room to a laid back-ish (let's keep in mind this is the W Hotel) gastropub. The space is steeped in rich woods, Edison bulbs d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2012

    W Hotel's Cook Hall To Push The Boundaries Of Bottle Service

    A news release announcing the push back of the closing date of Craft contains some additional details on the concept that will replace the W Hotel restaurant. The bar program at the new Cook Hall will be run by Belinda Chang, who won a James Beard award while working as a wine director at Modern, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2012

    Craft And Ghostbar Are Gone, But Are The Next Concepts Dead On Arrival?

    I'm not much of a Ghostbar type, but I recently visited the club at the W Hotel for a farewell party for one of our writers here at the Observer. It was a Thursday night, and we arrived at 10 p.m. (pretty early by club standards) and the bar was empty. By 11, maybe 20 customers (including my entire ... More >>