Tim Byres

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2014

    How Tim Byres Smokes His Brisket

    In "Shigging," we ask pitmasters to give us some specifics about how they smoke their meats. In the spirit of barbecue secretiveness and competitiveness, they're allowed to lie once. This week, we're asking Tim Byres of Smoke how he smokes his brisket. (You might have heard that The Mr. Chef Byres ... More >>

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    May 15, 2014
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    March 20, 2014

    Tim Byres' First Cookbook Is a James Beard Nominee, and He's Working on a Second

    Smoke and Chicken Scratch chef Tim Byres recently put his culinary soul on paper. And the James Beard Foundation just tipped its hat at the effort. Byers' book, Smoke: New Firewood Cooking, released last year, was nominated for a book award in the category of general cooking.

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2014

    A Second Smoke Is Opening in Plano

    Where there's smoke, there's a second Smoke. Christopher Zielke, Christopher Jeffers and Tim Byres, the guys behind Oak Cliff's popular Smoke, have announced that they've signed a lease on a space in Plano and hope to be open by the year's end. In addition to the original Smoke, the trio is respons ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2013

    Tim Byres Took Over American Outpost, and Now There Are Big Fat Wings

    Late last week, news dropped that Smoke chef-owner Tim Byres and his partners Christopher Zielke and Christopher Jeffers had taken over American Outpost, the tavern located in the little Oak Cliff house with a front porch that was made for beer drinking. It's the same spot that used to hold Campo, w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2013

    Dallas' 50 Most Interesting Restaurants, No. 14: Smoke

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2013

    Burning Questions with Omar Flores of Driftwood, Including Extreme Requests and Barbacoa Tacos

    Each week we track down a chef for a few burning questions. This week, Omar Flores at Driftwood shares some cookbook advice, spills on a few crazy requests and has a suggestion for a damn good margarita. What are a few of your favorite cookbooks? I love anything by Thomas Keller. Recently I've be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2013

    Chef Burning Questions: Tim Byres on Cookbooks and Crazy Requests

    Each week (or thereabout) we track down a chef for a few burning questions. This week, Tim Byres of Smoke and Chicken Scratch was willing to participate. He indulged us in a few of his favorite cookbooks and weird surprises in the walk-in. What are a few of your favorite cookbooks (feel free to in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2013

    Austin Food & Wine Festival to be a Buffet of Food, Wine, Music and Stars

    Andrew Zimmern. Marcus Samuelsson. Marc Murphy. Brian Malarkey. Tim Byres. Tre Wilcox. Tim Love. Aaron Franklin. Paul Qui. Where can you hang out with the likes of these national and local food greats all in one place? The answer is The Austin Food & Wine Festival, coming up at the end of the mont ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2013

    The Foundry Has Celebratory $5 Old Fashioneds Today, Plus New Turkey Wings at Chicken Scratch and a Nod from Brits

    The Foundry was recently named by Southern Living magazine as one of the best bars in the South on account of its spacious, twinkle-light covered courtyard. This bar just opened last year and has quickly gained a lot of attention, primarily on account of said courtyard, which is more like a small co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2012

    Meat Fight Tickets Are Now On Sale

    Meat Fight is a barbecue competition and fundraiser that I'm throwing at Sons of Hermann Hall in Deep Ellum on November 4. In addition to mind-blowing meats for eating, there will be beers from Deep Ellum Brewing Company. There will be Knob Creek tastings. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Na ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2012

    Travel & Leisure Names The Foundry as One of America's Best Outdoor Bars

    Another local gem is national news. Just a few months after opening, Travel and Leisure magazine has selected The Foundry in north Oak Cliff as one of "America's Best Outdoor Bars." Assests of a good bar, according to T&L, are sun, cold drinks and a dash of atmosphere. Can't argue with that. From ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 31, 2012

    At Chicken Scratch and The Foundry, Scratch the Chicken and You'll Be Fine

    Oak Cliff's latest delivers decent sides, misses on the chicken and still manages a home run.

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 83: The Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes at Smoke

    To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2012 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 Scott. "The best pancakes of my whole life!" That's what many people have heard me scream afte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2012

    Quotable B-Sides With Chris Jeffers: "Centro-matic is Like a Four-Man Assassin Team"

    Chris Jeffers, the subject of this week's music feature story, is a quote machine. It's tough to translate his enthusiasm to written word. Raspy sentences pour out of him like grand statements.I asked if I could follow him around for a day a few weeks back, and he politely obliged. We went to his ot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2012

    Looking For a Patio To Sit On This Weekend? Check Out The Overserved's Handy Guide.

    Spring Fever is casting her spell and I can already see the telltale signs. We all find excuses to quit a little earlier and our patio-dwelling hours get a little longer. But there is more to the Art of Patio than a nice deck and outdoor seating. Indeed, you can match one for every mood, so this spr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2012

    Chicken Scratch, McCallister's New Adventure and More Openings from a Busy March

    As usual, last month was a busy one in the Dallas restaurant scene. Read on for the full slate of opening restaurants, and be sure to share tips about restaurant openings or closings in the comments section below or at Openings: Chicken Scratch (2303 Pittman St.): Tim Byre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2012

    Chicken Scratch, Tim Byres' New Chicken-and-Tetherball Joint, Opened in Oak Cliff Yesterday

    Chef Tim Byres, chef and owner of upscale meat palace Smoke and the latest recipient of Food & Wine's People's Best New Chef award, opened his new fast-casual chicken joint on Monday at Pittman and Fort Worth Avenue in North Oak Cliff. Chicken Scratch is a small, corrugated-metal-and-glass buildin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2012

    Tim Byers Is The People's Chef. Plus, Meat Photos!

    Last week we told you about Food and Wine's People's Choice Contest featuring two local chefs, Tim Byres and Tre Wilcox out of 100 chefs across the nation. Yesterday, the news came out that Byres took the big prize. Not just best chef for the Southwest (is Dallas really the south west?) but the best ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2012

    Tre Wilcox and Tim Byres Nominated for People's Best New Chef by Food & Wine

    Today Food & Wine magazine announced that two Dallas chefs have been included in the People's Best New Chef program, which is designed to recognize up-and-coming chefs who have run their own kitchens for no more than five years. Tre Wilcox at Marquee Grill & Bar in Highland Park Village and Tim Byre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2012

    Brisket Tacos, Crazy Sandwiches and Fernet: This Week In You Are Soooo Fat

    Some winter, huh? I'm wearing short sleeves and it's still February. That means we're going to be eating peaches a little sooner, so long as a hard frost doesn't come in and burn those little blossoms. Before you get out there and enjoy the beautiful weekend weather (I'm ready for some patio drinki ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2012

    You Say Guanciale, I Say Delicious: This Week In Fatness

    Well. Here we go. Hope your tree and other decorations are taken down and put away. The "New Year" is quickly becoming the plain old month of January. We've got a lot of eating to do. And we're starting with burgers. Alice Laussade and I both tackled Stackhouse this week. And we both liked it, too. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2012

    Smoke's Tim Byres Tapped to Keep High-End DC Restaurant Rogue 24 Running

    When Tim Byres visited Washington D.C. last summer in support of Share Our Strength, a non-profit seeking to end hunger and improve nutrition for American children, he bumped into R.J. Cooper, who was then the chef at Vidalia, a high-end concept devoted to Southern cooking. The two hit it off and ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2011

    Tim Byres Brings Cool Summertime Fun to the Supper Club

    ​Supper Club at The Kessler (presented by City of Ate) returns Wednesday with chef Tim Byres of Smoke. Byres' summer-inspired four-course-meal will be paired with four wines from California-based Wente Vineyards. Austin-based bluegrass/indie act MilkDrive will provide the tunes for party-goers to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2011

    Supper Club! Smoke Chef Tim Byres Sends Along His Menu

    Tim Byres of Smoke​Supper Club at the Kessler, (presented by City of Ate)our dinner series that features local chefs whipping up bad ass food alongside local tunes, is happening soon (June 8 y'all.) This month's chef is Tim Byres of Smoke. Oh yes, we're excited too. Chef Byres will prepare a four- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    Tim Byres Sparks John T. Edge's Barbecue Epiphany

    Smoke's Tim Byres may not have won Food & Wine's The People's Best New Chef contest earlier this year, but according to the current issue of Garden & Gun, he recently pulled off perhaps an even greater feat: He made John T. Edge rethink barbecue. ​If John T., the director of the Southern Food ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2011

    The Dining Public Chooses Tim Byres as the Southwest's Best New Chef

    Tim Byres​The people have clicked, and Smoke's Tim Byres is the winner of the Southwestern division of Food & Wine's People's Best New Chef contest. But Byres didn't rack up enough online votes to claim the People's Best New Chef crown, which belongs to Jamie Bissonnette of Boston's Coppa, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2011

    Dallas Chefs Emerge as Leaders in Food & Wine Poll

    ​With one voting weekend left in Food & Wine's People's Best New Chef online poll, the Southwest category's shaping up as a three-way contest, with DFW darlings Casey Thompson and Tim Byres leading the pack. As of this morning, Thompson and Byres were locked in a vise-tight race, with Thompso ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2011

    Smoke's Tim Byres Knows What Voters Really Want

    Tim Byres​Trounced in his first two campaigns for a seat in the Virginia House of Burgesses, George Washington adopted a winning strategy in 1758: He bought booze for voters. Treating is no longer tolerated in political elections, but there's nothing stopping contenders for Food & Wine's Peop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2011

    Two DFW Chefs in the Running For Food & Wine Prize

    Brownstone's Casey Thompson​Proving once again that Austin has a Justin Bieber-like hold on culinary chroniclers' heartstrings, chefs from the capital city scored four of the ten slots in Food & Wine's online "The People's Best New Chef" competition. For the first time ever, Food & Wine's add ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2010

    Smoke's Pork Jowls Get a Kiss

    ​Food & Wine has showered some of its list-love on Smoke's Tim Byres, naming his smoked pork jowls with pickles a best restaurant dish of 2010. As Editor Kate Krader describes the dish: "He slowly smokes cured pork jowl over pecan wood and serves thin slices of the luscious meat as an appetiz ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2010

    Smoke: The Non-Steakhouse of Steakhouses

    ​When writers Janice Shay and Helen Thompson set out to find a Dallas restaurant doing right by beef, they thought they'd end up in a steakhouse. Instead, the pair of former Texas Monthly contributors was most impressed by Smoke, chef Tim Byres' upscale paean to down-home cooking. Byres share ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2010

    Tim Byres Big Reveal: How the Sausage Gets Made

    Photos by Robert Bostick​As we learned from Smoke's Tim Byres earlier this week, he enjoys making his own charcuterie. The day we visited the chef he had just finished carving up half a hog for use in the restaurant's various barbecue recipes. And that was just for a single day's use. We w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2010

    Smoke's Tim Byres on Why Good Barbecue Is About More Than Just the Food

    Photo by Robert BostickTim Byres​Yesterday, we profiled Tim Byres, chef at Smoke, the restaurant in the Belmont Hotel that serves what Byres describes as "heritage inspired cuisine." (Traditional style cooking, smoking, canning a preserving updated for modern palates, served with a touch of So ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2010

    Chef Tim Byres Goes in Search of Himself and Finds Smoke

    ​Walk into Smoke early on any Saturday afternoon and you'll get the sense that the year-old restaurant hums along effortlessly. Simple preparations, a small, amiable kitchen crew, a mastery of the menu. Truth is, the food takes hours to prepare and there is meticulous care in the execution of wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2010

    Cedar Tequila and Homemade Grenadine: Smoke's New Cocktail Menu

    Merritt MartinGirl Drink Drunk downed some Smoke Cocktails last year.​Smoke has extended its scratch-made philosophy to its bar, debuting a new cocktail menu heavy on house-made jams, preserves and syrups. "My focus is doing away with any purchased beverage bases," chef Tim Byres writes. "It ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2010

    The Belmont's Smoke at the Beard Foundation is a Big, Hairy Deal

    Danny FulgencioThe crew at Smoke: Chris Zielke, Tim Byres, Christopher and Jessica Jeffers​Celebrated local chef Tim Byres is en route to New York City as we speak with a hell of a carry-on: dinner for 80, plus booze. Executive chef of the Belmont Hotel's posh barbecue outfit Smoke, Byres will coo ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 18, 2010
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    October 12, 2009

    Why Do We Love Oprah? Because We Also Love McDonald's

    ​I've spent some effort avoiding this day, hoping it would never, ever come. But all of my valiant, last ditch efforts--a quick search for an apartment in Allen, begging to work from a Starbucks in Oklahoma City for a day or two--fell through.Now I'm trapped. Although I've spent much of my adult l ... More >>

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    September 17, 2009
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    September 14, 2009

    Meat And Greet: The Grand Opening Of Smoke

    ​Best line overheard (well, shouted to our face) at the Smoke grand opening Friday night: "Who cares about resurrecting Deep Ellum when we've got this?!" The gushing party-goer was referring to the booming Oak Cliff renaissance, of course. Granted, a great big free shindig at a buzz-worthy new ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2009

    Hash Over: Bolsa And Smoke Celebrate, Dine On The Line, Raiser Grazer Resumes And More

    ​It's hard to believe Bolsa has only been open for a year, as it already feels like a Dallas institution for locavores and  those who enjoy fascinating food creations at reasonable prices. It's gotta be true, though, as the restaurant will celebrate its first year of business with "Bands, Bru ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2009

    Cliff Cafe Gets The Sack

    Word on the street has Hotel Belmont's Cliff Cafe shuttering its doors for a couple of months while Bolsa partners Chris Zielke and Christopher Jeffers renovate the space.Their plan? Turn Cliff Cafe (or whatever they end up calling it) into a semi-upscale barbecue joint, adhering loosely to Bolsa's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2006

    Pass the Salt Grains

    Hmmm. Is Standard, the restaurant showcasing the talents of Tim Byres, kaput, as our friends over at FrontBurner suggest? Don't know. But owner Mike Chen does. "Oh, my God," Chen says--yells, actually. "How do they get that wrong information? We don't do lunch anymore. That's all. Golly. How can the ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 18, 2005

    Higher Standard

    Byres' reborn restaurant still goes above and beyond

  • Dining

    December 9, 2004

    Ferré Chef: Cheerio

    Plus: Standard Snafu; Drink This

  • Dining

    July 1, 2004

    Moving On

    Deep Ellum crime sends Standard 2706 on its way

  • Dining

    October 9, 2003

    New Standard

    Deep Ellum eatery masters "hang-time food"

  • Dining

    June 12, 2003

    Standard Setting

    New bistro to open in Deep Ellum

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