John Tesar

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    November 25, 2014

    What Dallas' Best Chefs Are Cooking, and Eating, at Home This Thanksgiving

    Even though they spend the other 364 days of the year cooking for other people, chefs love Thanksgiving. Whether it's because they're craving something much simpler than the fancy dishes cooked in their kitchens or they just really, really love cranberry sauce, many of Dallas' best chefs are plannin ... More >>

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    November 14, 2014

    Morning News Critic Leslie Brenner Dressed Like a Mummy to Sneak into Proof Pantry

    The saga is finally over. After the owners of Proof Pantry refused to allow The Dallas Morning News' food critic to pay for a meal that she was planning on reviewing, Leslie Brenner has finally published her thoughts on the One Arts Plaza restaurant and dropped a cute little bombshell in the proce ... More >>

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    October 23, 2014

    Seven of Dallas' Best Chefs Will Cook Under the Same Roof for Charity on Sunday

    Since 2009, some of Dallas' best chefs have come together a few times a year to host dinners that showcase the bounty produced by local farmers. Organized by FT33 chef Matt McCallister (duh) and his wife, Iris, Chefs For Farmers dinners over the past few years have raised money for local charitable ... More >>

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    October 9, 2014

    How Dallas' Young Chefs Are Remaking its Dining Scene, in Their Own Words

    The Dallas of 20 years ago exists only on the margins of the current culinary climate. There are more restaurants in this city than ever, and the focus of the chefs who run its best restaurants has shifted dramatically in the last five years. No longer is Dallas known for its decadent-but-boring ste ... More >>

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    October 1, 2014

    Four Awesome Food Events in Dallas This Weekend, October 2-5

    In case you missed last week's opportunity to hob-nob with John Tesar, fear not. Tesar will be joining a host of celebrity chefs for everyone's favorite alliterative meat and booze combo: the 6th Annual Burgers & Burgundy event. The chefs will "be rep-representin'" their slider and wine pairings whi ... More >>

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    September 2, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 26: Bacon-Encrusted Bone Marrow at Knife

    To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2014 issue, we're 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. This might be the most absurd, gratuitous, over-the-top dish on this list of 100 Favorite ... More >>

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    August 18, 2014

    Ten of Dallas' Best French Fries

    French fries can make or break a meal, especially when they're served alongside a burger. Soggy, flavorless industrial fries are an abomination to both potatoes and your palate, so you should seek out a place that pays as much respect to the potato as they do their beef. Whatever your preferences wh ... More >>

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    July 21, 2014

    No Fuck You, John Tesar, Because Knife's Ozersky Burger Ruined Burgers for Me

    The first thing that happens at John Tesar's three-Brenner-star Knife, after you order a glacially-cold beer from an iPad, is a flight of complimentary crudités (fancy word for chopped, fresh vegetables with dip) hits the table. The place-mats look like woven, Elvish armor. Because this is Texas, t ... More >>

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    June 19, 2014

    Five Dallas Ceviches We Love

    Now that summer is bearing down on us, our tastes are starting to get a little bit lighter. Scarfing down all those heavy burgers and barbecue isn't enticing, or practical, during the summer's hottest months, unless you want the meat sweats come pool time. But eating lighter doesn't have to mean o ... More >>

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    May 28, 2014

    Oak Chef Chef Richard Gras on Dodging Pans in the '90s and Dallas' Dining Scene

    In the last few years, the Dallas Design District has become a true food destination. Matt McCallister's FT33 is responsible for much of that, but Chef Richard Gras is making his own kinds of waves down the street at Oak. After the departure of Jason Maddy in late 2012, Gras has brought a new kind o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2014

    How a Dessert Menu Is Built: Pastry Chef David Collier on Sweetening Up John Tesar's Knife

    There's certainly a lot of talk about meat, and rightly so, when it comes to Chef John Tesar's Knife Modern Steak, opening soon in the Hotel Palomar. But what about the hotel guest with a sweet tooth, or the film geek who wants to break down the third act after a night across the street at the Ang ... More >>

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    May 6, 2014

    The Favorite Tacos of Dallas' Chefs

    All week at City of Ate, we celebrate the magic of the taco. Check back for more interviews, essays and maybe a list or two. Or maybe four? In this week of all things tacos at the City of Ate, we queried local chefs on their favorite spots to land some tacos. Here's what they had to say: Oliver Si ... More >>

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    March 18, 2014

    The Greek Is Closed in One Arts Plaza, and One Arts Plaza Is Still Boring

    Last May I hit my breaking point with One Arts Plaza after I reviewed The Greek, which was a major disappointment. I wrote that the menu might provide a decent substitute for sleeping pills and described some of the ingredients used there as terrible. The restaurant closed yesterday, as reported by ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2014

    Dallas Chefs on Twitter: the Good, the Bad and the Exceptionally Weird

    Social media is a beautiful thing. Sites like Twitter and Facebook allow us to read all about our high school classmates' stupid kids, yell at politicians about gun control and tweet creepy, 140-character love notes at celebrities we like. Thanks to cooking shows like Top Chef and Chopped, chefs are ... 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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    January 2, 2014
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    December 27, 2013

    Café des Artistes in One Arts Plaza Is Closing, because It's in One Arts Plaza

    Oh, One Arts Plaza. You're so circular, yet so haphazard. See Also: - The Restaurants of One Arts Plaza are Officially a Snooze Today Lombardi Family Concepts announced that they're closing Café des Artistes at the ever-fickle One Arts Plaza. Specifically, the press release reads: "Although the ... 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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    November 4, 2013

    Restaurants Are Ditching Paper Menus, and That's Not Good News

    My iPhone and I are currently not on speaking terms. While I couldn't begin to guess what I have done to damage our relationship, my laundry list of grievances is growing more quickly than my backlog of software updates. My home button works with such irregularity I'm convinced it's being passive ag ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2013

    The Most Disgusting Foods Ever Encountered by Some of Dallas' Best Chefs

    We asked a handful of North Texas chefs about the worst things they've ever eaten, found in the back of the walk-in or basically anything that induced a gag reflex or created a stench that permanently singed their nostrils. Braden Wages of Malai Kitchen has traveled extensively, and so we asked him ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2013

    Ten Things to Know about This Week's 27th Annual GrapeFest in Grapevine

    Who's already thinking about a glass of wine this fine Monday morning? Well, there's much to look forward to this week. The 27th Annual GrapeFest in historic downtown Grapevine runs this Thursday through Sunday, September 12 through 15. In addition to wine, there's also live music, cooking demos, wi ... More >>

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    August 12, 2013

    Dallas' 50 Most Interesting Restaurants, No. 33: Spoon

    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 8, 2013

    Dallas' Five Best Seafood Restaurants

    Somehow, despite being impossibly far from the ocean, or any other water feature of consequence (sorry Trinity), Dallas is a bit of a seafood town. And in the last two years, new restaurants have added more options for chowdah heads, oyster lovers and fish-and-chips addicts. Some offer dishes you'd ... More >>

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    June 21, 2013

    John Tesar's Spoon Named One of the World's Best New Restaurants by Condé Nast Traveler

    The July issue of Conde Nast Traveler, which hits the stands June 25, has a feature on the 70 Best New Restaurants in the World. The list concentrates on seven specific cities: NYC, San Francisco, London, Paris, Tokyo, Shanghai Sydney. And then the American South is lumped into one category. See a ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 30, 2013

    In One Arts Plaza, A Greek, Maybe, But Not The Greek

    With creativity everywhere around it, the Arts District greek spot falls flat.

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    May 15, 2013

    What the Hell Is Compressed Fruit?

    If you're a careful diner, you might have noticed the term "compression" attached to a fruit that's featured in your dish or dessert. John Tesar added compressed heirloom tomato slices to a "burger" he fashioned for Eater a few weeks ago, and at Belly and Trumpet, compressed mango is featured in the ... More >>

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    April 10, 2013

    Glazed Donut Works Brings Fancy Doughnuts to Deep Ellum

    Do you follow @blackswansaloon on Twitter or Instagram?Gabe Sanchez, the drink maker behind Deep Ellum's most popular bar, Black Swan Saloon, may be one of the best ways to stay on top of the neighborhood's restaurant news. When Tanoshi Ramen put their permit application up in their window, Sanchez ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2013

    Bar Food, Bar Food and More Bar Food: This Week in Dallas Dining

    Another weekend is here. If you need plans be sure to check out Lauren's picks for food inspired weekend activities. And don't forget to support your local farmers. White Rock Local Market kicks of the season this Saturday as well. This week I reviewed Outpost American Tavern. The recent spin on t ... More >>

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    February 14, 2013

    Seven of Dallas' Best Restaurant Bars for Dining Alone

    Valentine's Day is here, which pretty much sucks for everyone. If you've got a special someone, you're guilted into going out and having your wallet gutted by a triple-digit, prix fixe, mediocre meal. Have fun with that. If you're not coupled up, you get to spend the evening alone while people look ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2013

    BREAKING: Restaurant People Love Crossing Their Arms in Photos

    Dallas chefs and restaurant owners looooove crossing their arms in photos. We should make it stop. It's the most important change that needs to happen in our restaurant scene. Seriously. Evidence:

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    January 18, 2013

    Stampedes, Crickets, Mango Cookies: This Week in Dallas Dining

    Observer food critic Scott Reitz is off work being a good son this weekend, so I'll wrap it up for the week. Stephan Pyles' new restaurant Stampede 66 was the subject of this week's review. Scott was disappointed cricket tacos weren't on the menu, despite the how comical those little legs are if ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2012

    There's a New Tumblr Devoted Entirely to Top Chef John Tesar's Eyeglasses

    If you've been watching Top Chef you've probably noticed John Tesar's quirky habit of perching is thick-rimmed glasses on his inquisitively wrinkled forehead. What you might not have noticed is the look may quickly become what is the dorkiest Internet meme I've seen in some time. Local chefs (and ... 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 >>

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    October 3, 2012

    Could Dallas' Three Newest High-Profile Restaurants Soon Be Involved In A Power Struggle?

    While everyone prepares to take in another season of Top Chef this month, a different sort of battle will unfold in Dallas' dining season this fall. Three high-profile openings are scheduled in the coming weeks and each will compete for Dallas' discretionary dining dollars. John Tesar's Spoon, Ste ... More >>

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    May 17, 2012

    The New, More Expensive Commissary Burger

    When I checked in with chef David McMillan back in March, he told me some significant changes were taking place with for John Tesar's legacy CVap burgers at The Commissary. For one, they were supposed to be thinner, so the coloring would be more consistent throughout the center of the patty. He also ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2012

    Sundown Rises, Lumi Goes Dark and More Openings and Closings from a Busy January

    January proved to be a busy month in the Dallas food scene. The highly anticipated Sundown at Granada 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 be ... More >>

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    January 27, 2012

    Valet Parking, Dr Pepper and Enchilada Porn: This Week In Fatness

    Is it quitting time yet? We're close. ZestFest is going down at the Irving Convention Center this weekend. Make sure you stock up on your TUMS, and avoid hospital trip inducing capsaicin extracts. It's also shaping up to be a fine weekend for patio drinking, but before you go we've got a week to wr ... More >>

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    January 25, 2012

    Who Will Build Dallas' Best Meatball Hoagie?

    Flickr​This week in The New York Times, Pete Wells reviews someplace called Parm. His intro points out the lack of coverage food snobs give Italian-American cooking -- red-sauce pasta on red-checkered table cloths -- despite that it's a prominent comfort food for millions of Americans. That's ... More >>

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    August 8, 2011

    The Best Food and Faces From the Food for Thought Charity Dinner at the Tower Club

    Photos by @foodbitch"Mooooooose!"​Saturday night's third annual Food for Thought charity event at the Tower Club brought out a slew of celebrity chefs, a few local celebrities and me, in my fancy pants. Put on by the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, Food for Thought centered around small ... More >>

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    July 8, 2011

    Peachy Week in the Food Blogosphere

    He did it for America.​This week in food blogs, peach desserts were a big hit, ketchup haters learned to love Ketchup and Taco Cabana introduced different-tasting tacos. Read on. City of Ate Even Jenny Block, who doesn't like ketchup, enjoyed Ketchup the restaurant. In her review, she said th ... More >>

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    June 10, 2011

    More Burgers. Always More Burgers. And Other Stuff.

    Mai Pham /Houston Press Remember when a burger was just a damn burger? Man, you're old.​If you like burgers or the word "unctuous," this week in Dallas blogs was a delightful bounty. If you prefer barbecue and invention conventions, just 'til tomorrow. Read on. City of Ate Andrew Marton stre ... More >>

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    May 20, 2011

    In-N-Out's Here. What's Left to Talk About?

    ​This week, presumably, Dallas has moved past waiting three hours for and crying over hamburgers. We're on to more sophisticated things, like hamburgers with 8,000 calories, ballpark grub and how much we all hate the word "gooey." Read on. City of Ate Jenny Block couldn't find much wrong with ... More >>

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    May 3, 2011

    Revolving Doors: April Showers Bring New Eateries

    ​We can all agree today that April showers don't bring May flowers, and stormy April was particularly unkind to Metro Diner as the bacon and eggs institution shuttered their doors last month. But the month wasn't completely clouded by these unfortunate closures, and several new, mostly casual ... More >>

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    April 21, 2011
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    February 28, 2011

    Revolving Doors: Who's Afraid of a Little Ice?

    ​The weather may have given Dallas the finger right before the Super Bowl, but some high-profile restaurants, including The Cedars Social and Lockhart Smokehouse, were able to open in spite of ice, snow and Steelers fans. In January, we found out that Metro Diner will be closing its Gaston Avenue ... More >>

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    October 11, 2010

    Hash Over: Stop-Drop-n-Roll Chili Cook-Off, Toast for a Cure, Burgers and Burgundy, and More

    ​Want to see some hot firemen and hot beauty queens while sampling some hot chili? Then head to the Sixth Annual Stop-Drop-n-Roll Chili Cook-Off in Grapevine benefiting the WPI Firefighters' Fund this Saturday, October 16. Last year's event raised over $110,000 for families of fallen and inj ... More >>

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    November 9, 2009

    Hash Over: California Wines Featured In Dinners, Executive Chef Changes And Free Whataburgers

    The 2002 Super T-Rex, one of the wines to be featured in Tuesday's dinner at Tre Amici.​This is a good week to be a Dallas fan of California wines, as two restaurants will feature the products of Cali vineyards in wine dinners beginning tonight. Bolsa has a wine dinner at 6:30 p.m. today featuring ... More >>

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    January 1, 2009
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    November 4, 2008

    Hash Over: Bolsa's Farmer's Market, Free Wine, and a Guy Called Mike

    If you’ve been to Bolsa in Oak Cliff, then you understand the intense flavor of locally grown vegetables and herbs. Chef Graham Dodds and his team don’t have a walk in freezer to work with, so they must change up about half of the restaurant’s menu every day as nearby farmers deliver the goods ... More >>

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