The ascension of Dallas' culinary scene has been a curious thing to watch from the sidelines. As a diner, Dallasites have more restaurants to choose from than ever, helmed by some of the country's brightest up-and-coming chefs. At the same time, this progress has been slow-going, and Dallas has been ... More >>
If you're talking about Dallas' culinary resurgence in the last five years, there's no ignoring Chef Matt McCallister. As FT33, McCallister's farm-to-table restaurant in the Design District, attracts attention from the country's most respected food critics, it's also helping direct attention to the ... More >>
Chef Norman Grimm's work was highly praised at Kitchen LTO, but all good things must come to an end, and at LTO it happens fast. After a four-month stint at the newly-opened pop-up spot in Trinity Groves, the 23-year restaurant industry veteran accepted the executive chef position at Hotel St. Germa ... More >>
Jojo is a new restaurant going in at 2626 Howell St., the space that was most recently Bella. This new spot is the "bébé" of French chef Laurent Poupart, who was born in northeastern France and began his career at the then-three Michelin star restaurant Au Crocodile in Strasbourg. He also trained ... More >>
With the right frame of mind, Jason Maddy can take you anywhere
Chef Ryan Carbery was raised in a family of chefs four generations deep. As a teenager, Carbery worked for his uncle David Slay of ParkAve in Orange County and his aunt Lisa, who owns restaurants in his hometown of St. Louis. After culinary school in Chicago, Carbery eventually made his way to Dalla ... More >>
"Always strive to master your craft." The closing words of Jiro Dreams of Sushi, which opens today at the Magnolia and Angelika Theaters, would make sound advice for any trade. But thrust upon the shokunin, the master sushi chef, they invoke a certain umami for the soul that's as inspiring as it is ... More >>
The James Beard Foundation on Monday announced its finalists for its highly coveted culinary awards, and included in the category for Best Chef in the Southwest was Bruno Davaillon of Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek. Originally from Loire Valley in France, Davaillon joined the Mansion in 2009 aft ... More >>
Food NetworkYou go, Guy.There may be no other Food Network personality worthy of not just one but, count 'em, two Screen Bites reviews than Guy Fieri. Already the raucous center of a previous appreciation of his kitchen-bound program, Guy's Big Bite, which single-handedly proved that Fieri p ... More >>
Photos by Lauren Drewes DanielsChef Sergi Arola visits Central Market.Madrid was a little lighter this past weekend and Dallas a little fuller as chef Sergi Arola of Spain traveled here to dispense his passion for food, music, Harley Davidsons and life in general. Through Central Market's Pas ... More >>
I love the self-checkout line at the grocery store. I prefer the online banking option that prevents me from having to interact with another human being. And when I go to the movies, I always buy tickets at the kiosk rather than deal with the surly teen behind glass. But when I go to a restaurant, ... More >>
Photo by Robert BostickIf you ask a random Dallasite to name the best local restaurant, the answer might well be The Mansion on Turtle Creek at the Rosewood Hotel. Ask that same person when they last ate at the 30-year-old Dallas icon, however, and you just might elicit a long pause. This tre ... More >>
Photo by Robert BostickAbraham SalumAbraham Salum's restaurant always seem to be filled with happy guests, despite its odd location. He runs a clean, consistent, open kitchen at his namesake Salum, located in a tiny shopping center on Cole Avenue, a spot many people said couldn't possibly be ... More >>
What is it that makes a chef great? If we allow that anyone (almost) can buy a fresh ahi tuna steak, sear it and toss on a few grains of sea salt, is it really a matter of a kitchen preparing good ingredients with requisite skill? Or is it something more?The topic came to mind during a weekend di ... More >>
Meredith L. MooreSome of the wares at Tei An.We started off thinking about innovators, but...well, sometimes innovation comes in the form of foams, deconstruction or other overwrought foods and we didn't really want to dwell on the subject.But there are always people who shake things, either by n ... More >>
An old shot of the new chef. I...um...forgot to bring my camera last night.Chef Bruno Davaillon is eager to know what Dallas wants for dinner. At least that was the sentiment echoed by the wait staff and marketing department last night at a media dinner at the Mansion on Turtle Creek.The Mansio ... More >>
If Memory Serves chronicles moments from my dining past, perhaps explaining why I'm so damn warped.I wrote the restaurant section to a travel guide while I lived in Prague--and if I could remember which one I'd advise you to stick it back on the shelf and pick up another.It wasn't for Lonely Plan ... More >>
Not being a fan of crowds, my intention was to avoid Restaurant Week. Yet somehow I ended up at Fearing's for an evening of rushed--as in 'get the hell out, we need to turn this table'--yet very pleasant service...and mediocre courses.It's quite likely, of course, that Fearing's crew pay less att ... More >>
Innovation out of control: tall food-foam fusion.Leslie Brenner's assessment of dining in Dallas appeared over the weekend--a comprehensive and provocative piece both casting the city in culinary shadows and under a gleaming ray of promise. You may disagree with her assignment of stars for parti ... More >>
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 >>
Hodgson, left, with his unsinkable comedy crew.Two decades since he made watching lousy movies on Comedy Central one of the funniest ways to waste a mid-'90s afternoon, Joel Hodgson has found a new, if similar, calling: a live touring show, Cinematic Titanic, with the original Mystery Science Theate ... More >>
Every so often, a ripple of controversy over the number of stars awarded to some restaurant disturbs Dallas waters.The three-star handouts to Rathbun's Blue Plate Kitchen and Hully & Mo by the Morning News certainly got folks excited. As for the big man's place, I can't say--never been there. I ... More >>
Chefs seem to come and go, but Ward endures...although he almost left when, several years ago, the former President's staff considered him for the White House chef position. Indeed, he was one of three finalists selected from more than 15,000 applicants. Oh, and he did take a three year hiatus to ru ... More >>
DART Board of Director chair Lynn Flynt Shaw, also a good Friend of Tom Leppert Back during the Trinity River toll road debate, Dallas City Attorney Tom Perkins just stopped responding to my calls when I asked certain kinds of questions, especially about possible violations of the city’s ethics co ... More >>
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