Daddy Jack

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2014

    Six of Dallas' Best Bowls of Soup for Shaking Off the Thundersleet

    According to my entire Facebook feed and Pete Delkus, it's really effing cold outside in Dallas right now. I cannot confirm this as fact because I am not leaving my house until Mother Nature gets her shit together and returns us to those beautiful 75-degree temperatures she teased us with this weeke ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2013

    Mot Hai Ba Chef Jeana Johnson Did R&D in Vietnam, with Help from a Dude Named Dragon

    Jeana Johnson and Colleen O'Hare are the proprietors of the little hot spot in East Dallas, Mot Hai Ba, as wells as Good 2 Go Taco. Their culinary trail winds far and wide through the Dallas landscape. Collectively, the pins on their map include Ciudad, Daddy Jack's, The Standard in Deep Ellum, The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2013

    New Cook Breathes Life into Lakewood Landing

    While the Lakewood Landing won best Bar Food in the Observer back in 2010, I've had mixed experiences at the bar when it comes to snacking. The nachos seemed a little soggy, the burgers were definitely dry and then there was that corn dog incident that really got me down about the place. See also: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2013

    Jeana Johnson and Colleen O'Hare Nab Old York Street Spot

    Exciting news from the T-Gubbins Party Line. Jeana Johnson and Colleen O'Hare have bought the old Watel's spot, which used to be York Street. York Street broke hearts when it closed back in 2010. For 10 years, Sharon Hage created a quaint East Dallas restaurant that became a landmark in the Dallas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2012

    Jeana Johnson and Colleen O'Hare of Acme F&B Talk Gas Station Kitchens, Pyles' Charisma

    If we considered all the Dallas restaurants that Jeana Johnson, Colleen O'Hare and Norm Grimm have worked in and made a connect-the-dot style map, it would be an overly complicated, yet highly impressive sketch of "six degrees of Kevin Bacon." I bet Bacon really is in there at some point. There's so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2011

    This Dallas Symphony Viola Wiz Has a Thing for Green Papaya and Funeral Potatoes

    Barbara Sudweeks: Second chair but no second fiddled. (Apparently they don't have fiddles in the orchestra.)​Occasionally we identify interesting local folks who are as obsessed with food and restaurants as we are, and share some of their thoughts on Dallas' dining scene and food in general. T ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 1, 2011

    The Grape is Stuck in the Past, Right Where it Belongs

    Compared to modern bistros, The Grape's menu and dining room seem dated. That's why it works so well.

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2011

    Drowning Pool Bassist Steve Benton Reopens The Boiler Room In Deep Ellum

    Stevie Benton totally owns the bass guitar, and now, The Boiler Room​It hasn't been very long since The Boiler Room in Deep Ellum closed down, but we've just received word that it is being reopened by someone with quite a bit of history with Deep Ellum. Drowning Pool bassist Stevie Benton and a fe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2011

    The Cavern Officially Changes Its Name to The Crown and Harp

    Daniel HopkinsThe Crown & Harp​Quietly, around the time of the Super Bowl shenanigans, The Cavern changed its name to The Crown and Harp. The name change mostly flew below the radar, but, with the recent news of the Lower Greenville bar's renovations, it wasn't entirely unexpected. A few weeks ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2011

    Urban Crust's Salvatore Gisellu on Bringing Hot Pies and General Coolness to Plano

    Chef Salvatore Gisellu​There is a pocket of coolness hiding out in Plano, and its name is Urban Crust. Dave Matthews and The Cure play over the speakers and both floors of the restaurant are packed with midday diners, couples and families and ladies who lunch. The walls are exposed brick and a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2011

    The Cavern Backs Away From Its Musical Roots, As Renovations Aimed At Turning The Space Into Two-Story Pub Near Completion

    Daniel HopkinsThe Cavern's newly renovated upstairs room​If you've ever wondered about the difference between an Irish pub and an English pub, well, The Cavern will soon be able to set you straight, thanks to the face-lift it's currently undergoing -- a renovation that will, in the very near futur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2010

    Whoever Your Daddy is, He'll Love Daddy Jack's

    ​Daddy dates. Not to be confused with Sugar Daddy dates. I really mean those dinner outings a girl goes on with just her dad (or for this review those dinners where the name of the restaurant coincidentally has the word "daddy" in it). Before my dad passed away two years ago, he'd often drive ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2009

    The Year/The Decade: Things We Don't Miss But Thought We Would

    ​You're sitting in a place and time thinking it could never get more interesting.Recall, for example, the start-up dating service for good-looking people only. Can't remember the name, but they evaluated your photo and decided whether or not you could join. The idea seems mean-spirited, but in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2009

    That Was The Year That Was

    ​To me, Dallas was a very different place ten years ago.Yes, there are names and places that seem to outlast the march of time. Gilbert Garza runs things at Suze, just as he did when the decade was young. Fearing and Pyles still top the city's list of true celebrity chefs. In 2000 people flocked t ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 10, 2009
  • Music

    December 10, 2009
  • Blogs

    December 4, 2009

    The Bone Shuts Down, Joining Dada and Daddy Jack's Among The Open Spots On Elm

    ​The Bone may not have been as revered as, say, Club Dada, but the venue deserves some credit for staying open as long as it did. Note the past tense, though: Earlier this month, the long-running blues venue located on the corner of Elm and Crowdus Streets, which, in recent years, had grown to inc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2009

    As Deep Ellum Regains One Beloved Restaurant, Daddy Jack's Quietly Closes

    View Larger MapAs one door reopens in Deep Ellum, another quietly shuts: Three weeks ago, Daddy Jack's Elm Street location turned out the lights for good, ending a long run in the former home of the Buffalo Club (anyone? anyone?). The Web site's dead; the phone's been disconnected. Which isn't to sa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2009

    Short Orders: Daddy Jack's

    Daddy Jack's 1916 Greenville Ave. 214-826-4910 If you could travel back in time to, say, New England, Baltimore, or even the bayous of Louisiana in the 1950s, you'd expect to find dozens of places like this. The now venerable seafood shanty on lower Greenville has it all: doo-wop bopping from the, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2009

    10 Questions: Kenny Bowers

    He is synonymous with seafood in this market, having been associated with, oh, Daddy Jack's and Rockfish and Big Fish Little Fish before opening his own multi-purpose place, Kenny's Wood Fired Grill.Recently the Boston native added a new bar space (banking on the cougar image to attract the right cr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2008

    Giveaway: Two Pairs To Club Dada's NYE Show With Cas Haley

    Club Dada owner Ben Tapia called up DC9 HQ last night with a pretty sweet deal for readers still looking for something to do for New Year's tomorrow night: There's all sorts of stuff happening there (free Daddy Jack's, champagne, etc.) and performances from Cas Haley and Scott McCurry and others. I ... More >>

  • Music

    September 11, 2008

    Deep Ellum LIVES!

    Scott Beck's about to buy 14 acres in the"heart" of Deep Ellum. What then?

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2008

    Lou Reese, One of Deep Ellum's "Pioneering" Land Owners, Has Died

    Peter Calvin Lou Reese Lou Reese, a major Deep Ellum property owner, died over the weekend while fly-fishing in Montana -- a passion of his, according to his biography on the Madison Partners Web site. Theresa Martin, Reese's assistant, says he suffered a heart attack Saturday and died Sunday; Rees ... More >>

  • Music

    December 6, 2007

    Ricki Derek Does It His Way

    Sinatra is dead. Long live Ricki Derek.

  • News

    November 2, 2006

    Sin City

    On patrol with the $2 Halloween hos on Lowest Greenville

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2006

    Show Up, March 2

    I already hyped a show tonight at the end of this week's Is This On? column--the Cavern's 10th anniversary show, which is free, starts at 8 p.m. and includes free grub from Daddy Jack's--but I ran out of space and neglected to mention another interesting gig across town. Tonight at the Double Wide, ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 23, 2006

    Oh Boyardee!

    Tarantino's Italian-American comfort fare is filling but unchallenging

  • Music

    February 23, 2006

    Deep Ellum's Pearls

    After so much commotion, Mayor Laura Miller went to see Dallas' much-maligned district for herself

  • Dining

    June 16, 2005

    Some Good

    AllGood Cafe lives up to its name only sometimes

  • Dining

    February 22, 2001

    Nutty Fun

    Sometimes you feel like a lawsuit...

  • Dining

    October 26, 2000

    Roly-poly Fish Heads

    Chefs are taking detours

  • Best of Dallas

    September 21, 2000

    Best mussels

    Daddy Jack's Wood Grill

  • Calendar

    July 20, 2000

    One fish, two fish

    Fishart a la carte

  • Dining

    December 16, 1999

    Ballsy dining

    Eating at Mel's on Main takes uncommon valor

  • Dining

    June 24, 1999

    Hash Over

    Abacus counts its blessings;
    Bruno and Judy do Ellum

  • Dining

    April 8, 1999
  • Dining

    March 25, 1999

    Who am I this time?

    The Bistro inches through incremental evolution

  • Dining

    July 9, 1998
  • Music

    June 18, 1998

    The King's man

    "Jr. Boy" Jones played with them all--now, he plays for himself

  • Dining

    June 11, 1998

    Bubbling up gold

    Champagne and Gold Bar bring a touch of class to downtown

  • Dining

    July 3, 1997

    Tasty tavern

    The Cock & Bull is vaguely European, but definitely yummy

  • Dining

    May 1, 1997

    At sea

    Clive & Stuart's island cuisine needs a culinary compass or a boardwalk

  • Music

    April 17, 1997

    All a-flutter

    Another local songwriter has a cut on a major-label release

  • Dining

    January 16, 1997

    Well done

    In a business where being good often isn't enough, who will survive 1997?

  • News

    October 31, 1996

    Bread and Circuses

    When food legend Julia Child came to Texas spreading her gospel of good eating, no one was spared. Not even Big Tex

  • Dining

    August 8, 1996

    Same as it ever was

    John's Cafe offers a good ol' breakfast-- delicious and life-threatening

  • Dining

    August 1, 1996

    Alpha Tex-Mex

    Omega's brings a little heart and soul to Deep Ellum

  • Dining

    July 4, 1996

    Fish story

    At the Wood Grill, too many cooks make a great broth

  • Dining

    April 11, 1996


    Lefty's handles the big bugs adroitly