David Uygur

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    November 13, 2014

    Where Lucia Chef David Uygur Eats in Dallas (Hint: Not Pecan Lodge)

    When David Uygur isn't hand-crafting pasta, making desserts out of pork's blood, and generally dazzling the palates of Dallas diners, the man has to eat. The chef behind Lucia doesn't make it out much thanks to his busy restaurant, but not even a chef can survive on staff family meals and kitchen sc ... More >>

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    November 12, 2014

    An Interview with Lucia's David Uygur, Chef-Owner of Dallas' Toughest Reservation

    Italian food isn't exactly something Dallas is known for, yet the city's most-lauded restaurant is a tiny Italian spot in Bishop Arts. People are still clamoring, four years later, for a coveted reservation at Lucia, the brainchild of chef David Uygur and his wife, Jennifer. The reserved Uygur has e ... More >>

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    November 10, 2014

    Dallas Chefs Changing the Way We Eat in 2014

    We get it! David Uygur, Teiichi Sakurai, Matt McCallister and other highly lauded chefs are worthy of infinite praise. They've opened restaurants that have defined the Dallas dining scene and offer cooking that demonstrates unparalleled refinement. They were also the chefs we celebrated last year, a ... More >>

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    October 28, 2014

    And Now, the Uber of Restaurant Reservations

    Since Lucia first opened, the Oak Cliff Italian restaurant has been honing its reputation as Dallas' toughest reservation. Diners who want the opportunity to twirl a forkful of David Uygur's cacio e pepe have to call the restaurant a month in advance to book a table. Prime slots are consistently gob ... More >>

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    October 7, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 2: Cacio e Pepe at Lucia

    For last week's Best of Dallas® 2014 issue, we've been counting down (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes. If there's a dish you think we need to try, leave it in the comments, or email me. I'm not sure why, but I get a disproportionate number of questions about the pasta dish you see ... More >>

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    August 22, 2014

    Where Gemma Pastry Chef Stephanie Childress Eats Out in Dallas

    When she's not busy cranking out housemade sorbets and ice creams at Gemma, pastry chef Stephanie Childress, the subject of this week's chef interview, has to eat. Like most chefs, she's pretty particular about where she dines out, to the point that being at a less-than-great restaurant makes her a ... More >>

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    July 23, 2014

    The Signature Dallas Dishes That Won't Die, and the Chefs Who Long to Kill Them

    Some embrace them. Some are torn between tolerance and abolition. Some take the perennial approach. Some don't let them come to pass. Whatever the case may be, all chefs have an opinion on, and a way of dealing with, signature dishes -- the kind of dish that has survived menu changes and eager ne ... More >>

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    February 20, 2014

    The 2014 Alternative James Beard Awards, Dallas Edition

    Yesterday the James Beard Foundation announced the semifinalists for the 2014 James Beard Award. Seven of the semi-finalists for the prestigious awards are Dallas-based, including Matt McAllister of FT33, David Uygur of Lucia and newcomer Trinity Groves restaurant Casa Rubia. This selection obviou ... More >>

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    February 20, 2014

    Latest Nominations Show a Shift Toward Youth in Dallas' James Beard Awards

    First the big news: yesterday, this year's James Beard nominees were announced and Dallas has a respectable showing. Abacus and Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek received nominations for Outstanding Service, which may not come as a huge surprise considering these two Dallas institutions are known for ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 26, 2013

    The Best Meals I Ate in Dallas in 2013

    What does a year's worth of meals say about where Dallas' restaurants are headed next?

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    November 21, 2013

    The 50 Most Interesting Restaurants in Dallas

    Slowly back away from the fajitas. This ain't your childhood's Dallas.

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    September 30, 2013

    Dallas' 50 Most Interesting Restaurants, No. 1: Lucia

    Leading up to our annual Best of Dallas® issue, we're counting down the 50 most interesting restaurants in Dallas. These spots bring something unique or compelling to the city's dining scene, feeding both your appetite and soul. Find more interesting places on our all-new Best Of app for iTunes or ... More >>

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    August 22, 2013

    Want To Cook With The Best? Lucia Is Hiring.

    Lucia is hiring. It's not often you see a job post from the city's best Italian restaurant. Cooks with a desire to break into fine dining are no doubt clamoring to put their best clog forward with chef David Uygur. Of course there are some necessary prerequisites. Basically, you better love the sh ... More >>

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    August 8, 2013

    The Bishop Arts Will Be Featured on the Cooking Channel's Eat The Street Tonight

    Bishop Arts District will be featured on the Cooking Channel tonight. Chuck's Eat the Street will feature Dallas, and David Uygur's Lucia makes an appearance on the episode. Will Fleishman from Lockhart Smokehouse will show off his brisket and shoulder clod, and Katherine Clapner's addictive Dude, ... More >>

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    June 25, 2013

    Summer Produce Is Here With Tomatoes Leading the Charge

    While spring's seasonal vegetables sprout up timidly from cold dirt, summer's bounty arrives like a freight train. Go to your local farmers market in April and May and new vegetables and fruits slowly arrive one by one. In June though, the floodgates open, and squash, legumes, tomatoes and other pro ... More >>

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    February 25, 2013

    If You Haven't Stopped Into Kazy's Recently, You Really Should

    When I was sitting at the bar at Lucia, slurping down exceptional hand-made pasta dressed in a creamy sea urchin sauce and garnished with salty, toasted breadcrumbs, I asked chef David Uygur where he got the uni. The chef gave me a sort of surprised and sarcastic look as he told me Kazy's up in Rich ... More >>

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    February 20, 2013

    Seven Awesome Culinary Events in Dallas This Week, Feb 20 - 26. Plus, Great News if You're Thirsty.

    From high-end whiskey tastings to lowbrow beer dinners, the Dallas culinary scene is perforating at the seams with things to do. From Scotch tastings to barbecue blow outs, there's something for everyone. You can go with this or you can go with that. It's your call. Wednesday, February 20 Today S ... More >>

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    February 20, 2013

    Foodways Texas, Documenting The Culture of Texas Food, Hosts Suds and Smoke at DEBC Monday

    If you ever lay awake at night and ponder barbecue joints, or if you plot weekends based on slices of smoky brisket and spicy sausage, then you should definitely meet Foodways Texas. You could be a match made in meat heaven. Foodways Texas is a group of chefs, journalists, scholars or anyone who h ... More >>

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    February 1, 2013

    Lucia, Seafood and Offensive Tacos: This Week In Dallas Dining

    Hey there, Aters. Hope you're ready for the weekend. If you don't have any foodie plans yet, you should check out our list of things to do, specially curated by LDD. Pick your favorite food inspired event (the Craft and Growler grand opening looks great) and get out there and eat, but not before we ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 31, 2013

    Lucia's Best Kept Secret

    Four stools offer unfettered access to Dallas' most exclusive restaurant.

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    January 30, 2013

    After Two Years, Lucia Is Still Killing It

    When I first visited Lucia, David Uygur was present but he wasn't working in the kitchen. The chef at Dallas' beloved Italian restaurant was sitting in his dining room at a table with his wife, having a quiet meal before heading home for the evening. See also: - Lucia's Best Kept Secret At first I ... More >>

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    June 8, 2012

    One Hundred Million Tacos With A Side Of Burlesque: This Week In Where The Hell Is My Lipator

    Summer is picking up and that means the arrival of tomatoes that taste like nature intended. Not those lifeless cottony numbers picked while green and sprayed with ethylene, but those glorious summer orbs ripened right on the vine and delicious enough to be eaten all on their own. It's a good time t ... More >>

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    May 25, 2012

    How Dallas Chefs Grill: The Tools, the Meat and the Techniques

    We tracked down a few Dallas chefs to get a little insight on how a Memorial Day cookout in their backyard might look, taste and smell. From grills and smokers to favorite cuts of meat, plus some tips for the novice, let their words serve as inspiration as grilling season officially begins this week ... More >>

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    April 23, 2012

    Dallas Restaurateurs Debate Whether a Cell Phone Ban Could Work, and How

    A comment in my story a while back about phone stacking caught my attention. "In Japan they have 'No Phone Areas' in restaurants, bars and even the subway," Wagner Gui Tronolone wrote. "I think it's awesome!" It does sound sort of awesome. Sometimes a cell phone feels like a leash. At the other end ... More >>

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    March 19, 2012

    Lucia's Chef David Uygur is Making Smoked Duck Pizza at Il Cane Rosso Tonight

    Jay Jerrier, owner of Il Cane Rosso, put it best: "Santo Merda!" (Holy Shit!) It's not too often that the best pizza shop in town offers up its authentic Neapolitan red-brick pizza oven to one of the best chefs in the city. A chef whose restaurant takes reservations a month out (but has three seats ... More >>

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    January 19, 2012

    The State of Dallas Dining, As Told By Its Chefs

    Starring Stephan Pyles, John Tesar, Katherine Clapner, Kent Rathbun, Teiichi Sakurai and a dozen other local chefs.

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    December 31, 2010

    Revolving Doors: All's Well That Ends Well

    ​As December comes to a close, it seems all is well, or at least better, as many highly anticipated restaurants made their debuts. David Uygur was back in the kitchen, plus a New York deli and the latest Lombardi venture both opened. We were expecting few restaurants to shutter since, being the ... More >>

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    December 8, 2010

    Tocque Roulette: Kitchen-Swapping Spreads Among Chefs

    Tiffany Derry​Tiffany Derry will be in the kitchen at Loft 610 tonight, joining fellow Top Chef All-Stars competitor Tre Wilcox to produce a $100 nine-course meal. And while tonight's supper may be served with extra on- and off-screen drama, restaurant trend watchers say chefs showing up in ea ... More >>

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    November 30, 2010

    Revolving Doors: November Is a Cruel Month

    ​T.S. Eliot proclaimed that April was the cruelest month, but we would argue that November has been particularly unkind to some restaurants. Top Chef fan favorite Tiffany Derry found herself without a gig after Go Fish Ocean Club shuttered its doors this month, and Sharon Hage closed York Street, ... More >>

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    November 29, 2010

    Hash Over: 'Tis the Season of Giving and Grease

    Photo by Jose Ralat Maldonado​It's always hard to go back to work after Thanksgiving, especially if you spent the last few days chilling out in your Snuggie like we did. Before you polish off that cherry pie, check out what's happening this week at these restaurants. We also have suggestions f ... More >>

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    September 20, 2010

    A Final Look at 48 Nights

    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 >>

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    August 31, 2010

    Slow Food Dallas Wants to Plant a Seed
    For Immigrant Neighborhood

    ​Slow Food Dallas is planning to use a portion of the proceeds from its upcoming $100 per plate benefit dinner to help launch a community garden in a Vickery Meadows area apartment complex. The local chapter has traditionally raised money to send delegates to the biannual Terra Madre conference in ... More >>

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    July 15, 2010

    Dallas Storms the Bastille in Oak Cliff, Leaving Organizers Très Suprised by Massive Turnout

    Jason Roberts, via FlickrEarly in the Bastille-stormingHere's hoping your relationship with Big Chief White Cloud, the god of parking, isn't just one of those Christmas-and-Easter things, because if you intended to get to last night's Bastille Day celebration in Oak Cliff's Bishop Arts District, hav ... More >>

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    July 15, 2010

    David Uygur Flexes His Mussels To Win Bastille On Bishop Cook-Off

    Photo by Kristy YangA beret and an accordion -- can't get more French than that, right?​As you can see in our slideshow, Go Oak Cliff and Alliance Francaise De Dallas celebrated Bastille Day yesterday with a Francophile street festival featuring crepes, wine, a mussel cook-off, French maid obstacl ... More >>

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    July 7, 2010

    Tuna Served in Dallas Counts as a Slow Food?

    Do edible turtles count as slow food?​An upcoming Dallas fundraiser for Slow Food USA has struck some local food advocates as slightly out-of-step with Slow Food principles. The Slow Food movement, launched by industrial food-opponent Carlo Patrini in 1986, prizes the planet's biodiversity an ... More >>

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    July 6, 2010

    Spongebob Tickets Go Fast, But Still Plenty of Room for Grown-ups to Preview Lucia

    ​Heaven help you if you have your heart set on learning the recipe for Crusty Crabby Patties: A mere three seats remain for Central Market's Spongebob Squarepants Supper class next Monday. But there's still plenty of room at the table for food lovers not between the ages of 5 and 7 who are in ... More >>

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    May 28, 2010

    Hello, I Must Be Going...And Growing

    ​Last month's Revolving Doors was all about the taco. This month it's mostly about expanding and starting over again. Oh, and closing, but lets not focus too much on that when we have so many new restaurants to look forward to this summer. We mentioned in a previous Hash Over that Avila's is op ... More >>

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    April 30, 2010

    Food Biz Is On The Uptick If Restaurant Openings Is Any Measure

    ​Tacos, tacos, tacos. That should be the theme of this month's Revolving Doors. With Rusty Taco finally opening their doors, the Austin-based Torchy's Taco making a move to Dallas this summer, and Fuzzy Tacos and Urban Taco adding more locations, that's all anyone can talk about lately. Well, we ... More >>

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    December 18, 2009

    The Year/The Decade: Things We Miss

    ​You leave any era with some regret. It can't be helped, really, for there are moments that pass and places that disappear. The vibe inside Sense when it first opened, before crowds moved elsewhere, that brief period of silliness when places from Paris Vendome to Nana began serving Kobe burgers, k ... More >>

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    August 27, 2009
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    August 27, 2009
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    August 14, 2009

    And The Winner Is...

    Of course, nobody really wins on City of Ate. But if we ever do try prize giveaways again, there's a mess of stuff to pick from. Let's see here...a miniature bottle of Tuaca, a big ol' container of Chef Paul Prudhomme's Magic Seasoning Blend, a packet of seeds and oats that may be cereal sent by the ... More >>

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    August 11, 2009

    Davids On The Dole

    Does the city have something against chefs named David?​David McMillan, recently ousted from Consilient restaurants. His long career includes Nana and his own 62 Main.​David Gilbert, didn't fit in at Lazare. The rising star left and was replaced by his sous chef, Ryan Carbery.​David Uygur, wil ... More >>

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    July 22, 2009

    Top 10 Chefs Who Deserve More Attention

    When we sat down and thought about this, so many names popped into mind that if they were diseases, we'd be riddled. There was a time when few people mentioned Joel Harloff (Dali Wine Bar) or Brian Luscher (The Grape), but those days are fading. Michael Zeve of Sevy's or Jeffery Hobbs at Suze are bo ... More >>

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    April 17, 2009

    Chefs Roundtable Sunday To Focus on Local Sourcing

    As mentioned below, The Second Annual Chefs Roundtable, 4 p.m. Sunday at the Dallas Farmers Market Resource Center (1010 S. Pearl Expressway), will focus on the concept of buying local food. In case you hadn't been paying attention to restaurant trends, the importance of using fresh, locally produce ... More >>

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    May 18, 2006

    Road Wear

    Bye-bye, Volvo. Hello, Lola.

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    November 11, 2004
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    October 14, 2004
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    October 30, 2003


    It's a mixed-up world, but not at Lola

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