John Tesar

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2014

    John Tesar's Knife Now Serves an $18 Reuben, and It's Good -- but Not Good Enough

    Last week, Knife announced a new lunch menu at the Hotel Palomar. In typical hotel-lunch fashion, the menu promises a number of classic sandwiches dressed up with luxurious, hand-crafted ingredients, presented with precision and care. How else could you persuade a patron to spend $18 on a sandwich y ... More >>

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    October 28, 2014

    A New TV Show Will Spotlight John Tesar, "One of the Most Controversial Chefs Working Today"

    Today, John Tesar joins a small but growing contingent of people who are inking book deals and television contracts based on their ability to raise rabble on Twitter. Sure, Tesar has been working in kitchens for decades and is currently operating two wildly successful restaurants, but there's no dou ... More >>

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    October 15, 2014

    Knife Is One of America's "Best New Restaurants"

    For all of the fit-throwing, cursing, and discussion about food critics in Dallas, we've kind of lost sight of the fact that John Tesar is actually an incredible chef. The controversy surrounding you-know-who's three-star review of Tesar's second Dallas restaurant Knife may have died down, but the h ... More >>

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    September 25, 2014

    5 Awesome Food Events in Dallas This Weekend, September 25-28

    Come rub shoulders with the man who loves to rub shoulders (usually pork, but sometimes human) this Thursday evening. John Tesar will step down from his meaty throne for Foodiepalooza, a benefit to raise money for the East Dallas Boys and Girls Club. Tesar will be on hand in order to promote his don ... More >>

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    July 17, 2014

    Chef John Tesar Told the Dallas Morning News' Food Critic "Fuck You," and Life Is Good

    This week, John Tesar's new steakhouse, Knife, was reviewed by Leslie Brenner, the longtime critic at The Dallas Morning News. Brenner awarded three stars, an assessment that translates to "very good: a destination restaurant for this type of dining," according to the paper's review and listing poli ... More >>

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    July 14, 2014

    Where Chef John Tesar Eats Out in Dallas

    Chefs will always tell you that they don't have enough time to go out to dinner, but even professionals need a break from cooking. And if anyone has a right to say that he's too busy to eat out, it's John Tesar. He's still working six nights a week at his spanking-new steakhouse, Knife, which is a t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2014

    After Being 'Most Hated,' John Tesar Is (Mostly) Playing Nice

    Chef John Tesar's journey through the Dallas food scene has been, if anything, extremely tumultuous. As one of the few rabble-rousing figures in a market that has been driven by handshakes and friendly table interactions with the chef since Southwestern cuisine's peak in the 1980s, Tesar is both a t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2014

    John Tesar Plans to Sell You Some Really Old Meat at Knife, His New Steakhouse

    With Knife opening just a few weeks from now, it's almost expected that Dallasites should have beef on the brain. John Tesar claims his soon-to-open Temple of the T-bone will be the terra firma equivalent of his nationally acclaimed seafood restaurant Spoon, and if pulls it off protein lovers could ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2014

    Underground Dallas Chef David Anthony Temple: "Our Food is Better Than Yours"

    For someone who's never helmed a fine dining restaurant in Dallas, David Anthony Temple has a lot of opinions about the city's food and restaurants. Cooking under the nom de guerre Chef DAT, Temple has been hosting underground pop-up dinners across the city for the last four and a half years, and di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2014

    Knife, John Tesar's Forthcoming Steakhouse, Is Taking Shape and Has a Cocktail King

    Knife Steakhouse is taking shape fast. John Tesar's American steakhouse, slated to take over the Central 214 restaurant space in the Hotel Palomar, was announced in December. But even though the switch required some renovation work, Tesar hoped to have his new steak house open by May. And it looks ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2014

    An Ode to Spoon's "White Album," a Dessert Worthy of its Name

    In Happy Endings, food critic Scott Reitz travels part of the globe that says "Dallas" in search of great desserts and great places to eat them. This is the fifth in an occasional series. If you've ever been in one of those dining situations where nothing is going right, there's no need to drive th ... More >>

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    February 18, 2014

    CBD and Spoon Are Among Texas Monthly's Top Ten Restaurants in the State

    CBD Provisions is still gaining momentum. I loved the restaurant when I reviewed it last year, and after positive coverage from most publications in the Dallas area, they've now earned a nod from Texas Monthly. For now you can only access a small spot on an apple shandy that's being served at the re ... More >>

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    January 30, 2014

    Top Chef Will Cast for Chefs in Dallas Next Month

    In not-so-shocking news, Bravo announced that it will pick up Top Chef for a dozenth season. This is great news, because that means we're only a few months away from watching re-runs of the current season at the gym. Season 11's winner will be announced next week during the season finale in Maui. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2013

    John Tesar Is Opening a Steakstaurant Called Fork. Plus, a List of His Next Five Restaurants.

    On Friday, news broke that Spoon chef-owner John Tesar will soon open a new restaurant at Hotel Palomar, in the space that previously housed Central 214. It'll be named Knife. It'll be a steakstaurant. I'm sure it'll be great. And I'm sure that these are the next five restaurants he'll open:

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    October 8, 2013

    Esquire Names Stampede 66 and Spoon among America's Best New Restaurants

    Dallas' restaurant scene has managed to shove its way into the national conversation this year: First, FT-33 and Smyth got attention in multiple national magazines, and now Esquire is giving Dallas a one-two punch of feel-good. Stephan Pyle's Stampede 66, and John Tesar's Spoon have been recognized ... More >>

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    August 8, 2013

    Bon Appétit Ranks Two Dallas Spots Among America's 50 Best New Restaurants

    Bon Appétit has released its list of America's 50 best new restaurants, and for the second year in a row two local restaurants are on the list. Last year, Oak and Time Love's Woodshed got the nod. This year, Matt McCallister's FT33 and John Tesar's Spoon both received accolades. Andrew Knowlton ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2013

    Spoon Opens for Lunch and Brunch Beginning May 12, and Chef John Tesar Promises to French My Mom

    Two highly important pieces of information for you: 1) May 12 is Mother's Day. Get it tattooed on your forehead. 2) Spoon Bar & Kitchen will open for lunch and brunch on Sunday, May 12. If you want to win Mother's Day, consider hooking The One Who Made You up with Mother's Day brunch at Spoon (a.k.a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2013

    The Box: Tesar Tesars the Crap Out of The Box

    Welcome to the return of City of Ate's The Box. Somehow, we got Spoon Bar & Kitchen's The Mr. Chef John Tesar to agree to take our The Box challenge. We even got Cafe Momentum's The Mr. Chef Chad Houser to help us pack The Box with the perfect, high-quality ingredients. Spoiler alert: Tesar kicked T ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 21, 2013

    Style By the Spoonful

    John Tesar's newest project is potentially a North Dallas pearl

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    February 21, 2013

    Lovin' That Tesar Spoonful

    I kind of wanted to hate John Tesar for putting his fine-dining seafood restaurant in the middle of the Preston Center. While the people that live nearby are no doubt grateful, I don't like driving that far to park near a DSW and look out the window at a guy running on a treadmill while I'm slurping ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    An Interview with John Tesar and Spoon's New Pastry Chef, David Collier

    Last week Top Chef contestant and chef John Tesar hired an executive pastry chef for his high-end seafood restaurant in Preston Center, Spoon Bar & Kitchen. For the job, Tesar tapped David Collier, who previously worked with him at The Mansion. Collier is moving back to Texas this month after work ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2012

    A 'Stache, a Ginger and a Tesar: Top Chef: Seattle Features Three Badass Dallas Chefs

    Every week, I will watch Top Chef. I will not recap the episodes scene-by scene, because that is dumb: if you wanted to watch it, you watched it already and you don't need me to tell you that there were opening credits, chefs got sweaty, and someone yelled "fuck" at food. If you want that kind of re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2012

    Spoon Announces Opening Date, Reservations Still Wide Open

    Last Friday Spoon announced a November 9 opening date. John Tesar's latest fine dining experience is one of three high-profile restaurant openings in Dallas this fall, including FT-33 and Stampede 66. A website is up and even though Open Table is accepting reservations as early as Wednesday, Novemb ... More >>

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    September 25, 2012

    John Tesar's Spoon Looking for Workers. Ugly People Need Not Apply.

    UPDATE: John Tesar's publicist called, letting us know he was not happy with our suggestion that he's screening for uggos. He's not, the publicist said. Tesar uses head-shots in order to keep names and faces straight among his job applicants. OK, then. Anyhoosy, here's the post that pissed him off. ... More >>

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    September 19, 2012

    John Tesar Will Be On Bravo's Top Chef

    A few months ago I received a series of cryptic emails from an anonymous source telling me John Tesar was going to be on Bravo's latest chef shit show, Top Chef, Season 10. The email didn't say much, so I sat on the unsubstantiated claim. There were a few clues: namely the slow open of Spoon, Tesar ... More >>

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    March 28, 2012

    At the Commissary, a New Chef, a New Burger

    When the Commissary first opened, John Tesar's burgers were all the rage. Big, luscious hockey puck-shaped patties, cooked a rosy crimson all the way through, helped earn the him a Best New Restaurant award in D Magazine. The burgers were so good the Jedi of self promotion even got a pass on his not ... More >>

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    February 24, 2012

    John Tesar is a Jedi of Self-Promotion

    Allison V. Smith​Back in January, chef John Tesar announced he was kind of over the whole Commissary, One Arts Plaza thing. He was pulling out and shifting his focus to a new restaurant on Westchester Drive in Preston Center. Spoon was what Tesar called the space, and bloggers got to bloggin ... More >>

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    January 26, 2012

    Oak Chef Jason Maddy on Starting at McDonald's, Tiny New York Kitchens, and More

    Jason Maddy is the executive chef at the recently opened Oak in the Design District. Maddy grew up in Austin and, after attending culinary school in New York, worked at David Bouley's Danube, then the Driskill in Austin. A few years ago he was recruited by John Tesar to work at the Mansion, where he ... More >>

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    January 24, 2012

    The Commisary's John Tesar on a Few New Restaurants and One Double-Decker Burger Bus

    Last week we got word of John Tesar's trifecta of plans for 2012. First, he's sold his share of The Commissary to co-owner Lucy Billingsley and plans to open other two other independent Commissaries; one at Northwest Highway and Midway and the other in cowtown at the Museum Place. Then, in April ... More >>

  • Dining

    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.

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2011

    Behold, the (Allegedly) Perfect Hamburger

    A simple Commissary burger (that's not so simple) ​Just about everyone knows that John Tesar has a pretty bang up burger at the Commissary. Those grass-fed patties get treated like a Park Cities trophy wife at the spa, bathing sous vide until cooked rare before receiving a final sear on the gr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2011

    Things Got a Little Too Cheesy and Too Private This Week in Dallas Food

    ​This week in food blogs, some special people ate special meals, Dallas placed ahead of Anchorage but behind everywhere else, and someone finally thought to stick corndogs in cocktails. Read on. City of Ate Scott Reitz decides Wild Salsa is decent for its hit-or-miss selection of tacos, passa ... More >>

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    September 19, 2011

    Can One Art Save The Commisary's Tarnished Service Reputation?

    Tesar prepares to take a bite from an imaginary sous-vide burger​One Art is coming! The Commissary folks sent out a press release last week and invited the media to a preview dinner this evening; look for lots of pretty food photos tomorrow in the Dallas blogosphere. Dinner service opens to th ... More >>

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    August 5, 2011

    Hack Saws and Fried Guacamole. Who Else is Proud to be a Texan?

    ​ This week in food blogs, a Dallas chef milked cows and wielded a hack saw to win $10,000; El Bulli closed; and we gave you an arsenal of excuses to eat and drink. Read on. City of Ate If you're looking for Ethiopian food that is as nonthreatening as it is tasty, Scott Reitz suggests Ibex E ... More >>

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    August 2, 2011

    Wild Salsa Arrives, The Table Folds, and More From a Busy Month in the Restaurant Biz

    ​As summer reaches its peak, another round of restaurants have opened and closed their doors to the public. Wild Salsa, the highly anticipated Mexican restaurant from DRG Concepts, had its grand opening last month, as did a few others. Meanwhile, other joints around town have abruptly closed f ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 28, 2011

    Cedars Social: Eat Light and Drink Heavy

    Chef John Tesar's menu takes second place to the cocktails.

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    April 22, 2011

    Food Fight, or: Beginning Your Friday With a Chance to Get Iron Fork-ed For Free

    ​While awaiting several calls back about items forthcoming, allow me to dispense with these four VIP ducets to Wednesday's Iron Fork event at the Fashion Industry Gallery, where chefs John Tesar and Scott Romano will square off whilst attendees dine on samplings from the likes of Il Cane Rosso and ... More >>

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    April 13, 2011

    Score Half Price Tickets To Iron Fork Today

    ​Maybe you've noticed the suggestive ads we've been running in the paper that feature a lady fondling a fork with her lips, but we figured it was time to remind you once again about our upcoming Iron Fork competition, happening on Wednesday, April 27 at Fashion Industry Gallery (1807 Ross Ave. ... More >>

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    January 31, 2011

    (30K) Millionaires: Where to Spend Your Cash This Week

    If you have the cash, you could watch the Super Bowl with this old boat captain.​Let's pretend you're a big spender who can't score tickets to the Super Bowl. What do you do with all that cash next week? You could blow it all on one awesome party, perhaps the Leather & Laces event at Hotel Zaz ... More >>

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    January 31, 2011

    Revolving Doors: Super Bowl Stimulus

    ​Everyone's trying to cash in on the Super Bowl, from those renting their homes for the week, to restaurants and bars offering cheap drinks and food specials to lure in crowds for watching parties. For restaurants that opened their doors in January, the timing couldn't be better, but for the f ... More >>

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    January 26, 2011

    Chef John Tesar's New Restaurant Will Tap into a Wine Keg Trend

    John Tesar​John Tesar's new restaurant in One Arts Plaza will feature the area's first keg wine program, an innovation the busy chef says is in keeping with his vision for The Commissary. Wine on tap, catching on at wine bars elsewhere, is currently available locally only at Central Market, but ... More >>

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    October 28, 2010

    Is Chartiable Eating Overstretching Local Chefs and Diners?

    Photo by Robert BostickJohn Tesar​Don't bother looking for Dean Fearing at his restaurants next weekend. Fearing will be at The Joule next Friday for The Big Red, a culinary extravaganza benefiting the North Texas Food Bank. He'll reappear the next night at the Dallas Zoo for its annual fundr ... More >>

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    August 13, 2010

    Part 3: John Tesar Grills Up
    A Cool Calamari Treat

    Photos by Robert Bostick​In the third part of our look at John Tesar of Dallas Restaurant Group, the chef goes into the kitchen at Dallas Fish Market to make a few preparations for us. With temperatures still blasting past the century mark, Tesar chooses some cooling dishes to take advantage ... More >>

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    August 12, 2010

    Part 2: Chef John Tesar on Fatherhood, Sushi and Anthony Bourdain's Drinking Skills

    Photo by Robert Bostick​In part two of our continuing three-part chef's series we asked chef John Tesar a few questions while we visited with him at Dallas Fish Market. Chef Tesar was more than happy to discuss the birth of his son, Kim Pierce's secret spot and Anthony Bourdain's drinking habi ... More >>

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    August 11, 2010

    John Tesar: From Self-Destructive
    To Brilliantly Creative

    Photo by Robert Bostick​With the crush of talented wizards working magic in Dallas kitchens, it pays to know just who is behind the saute pan at your favorite eatery. To help you keep track, City of Ate brings you Three-Course Meal, a three-part chat with some of the best, most inventive chefs ... More >>

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    January 21, 2010
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    March 19, 2009

    Bacon Causeburger

    Beef and drink while fighting AIDS

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    January 26, 2009

    Of Mansions And Men

    On Friday, the Mansion's PR rep made the rounds by phone to confirm that rumors rebuffed earlier in the week were true--chef John Tesar was out the door to "pursue other opportunities."Stephanie Hutson, the suddenly harried spokesperson, reported all this in very deliberate, almost somber tones. It ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 19, 2007

    Old Dog, New Tricks

    A new regime brings changes to the Mansion, some good, some not.

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