Have plans this evening? Of course you do. You're headed to Iron Fork, the Dallas Observer's homage to local restaurants, anchored by an epic chef battle between James Beard nominee Matt McCallister and Richard Gras, who has been cooking at Oak in the Design District.
If you don't have tickets yet, you can get them right here, and then you'll have access to more than 30 restaurants and a whole bunch of booze. Below are five of my favorite Iron Fork restaurants. Click here to see the rest of them.
Chennai Cafe (Pictured above) I reviewed Chennai Cafe last year, and it's one of my favorite restaurants in the Dallas area for unapologetic, rustic Indian cooking. Normally you have to drive all the way up to Plano near the Shops at Legacy to get curry like this, but now you can have it right downtown.
Empire Baking Company If you want good bread, you come to Empire Baking Company, unless you're at Iron Fork, where Empire comes to you.
Jonathon's Oak Cliff From the man who brought us that heart attack on a plate, we can only expect something epic at an event like Iron Fork. Don't worry, we'll have napkins.
International Bakery Cuban Dulceria While we continue to wait for what seems like an eternity for the new location of the International Bakery to open here in Dallas, save yourself a drive to Carrollton and eat a mini Cubano right here.
Local Oak Who knew Spam could taste this good? The guys behind Local Oak are creative, passionate, and they turn out some pretty great bar food. As if you needed another reason to buy that ticket right here.
See you tonight.
Whole Foods Presents the Dallas Observer Iron Fork 2014 Wednesday, May 7, 2014 7-10 p.m. Centennial Hall at Fair Park, 1001 Washington St.
Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.