Food News

Interview with Mike Babb of Babb Bros. BBQ & Blues on Lessons from Phil Romano, Slow Smoked Ribs and Incubators

Driving over the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge and across the west bank of the Trinity River, one quickly enters the Trinity Groves Project. If you're not heads-up about it, you could easily miss the sign announcing it. But, most likely you'll sense a revival in a part of Dallas that has been left to its own devices for several decades. It's amazing what a few coats of bright paint can do.

The word "incubator" has been attached to the real estate venture, created by Phil Romano, Stuart Fitts and Butch McGregor. It's supposed to serve as a safe warm nest for burgeoning cooks and hopeful restaurateurs. This group of successful businessmen wants to create a truly unique Dallas experience brought to you by the people of Dallas who otherwise might not have the resources to start their own business.

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Lauren Drewes Daniels is the Dallas Observer's food editor. She started writing about local restaurants, chefs, beer and kouign-amanns in 2011. She's driven through two dirt devils and is certain they were both some type of cosmic force.