First Look: Stephan Pyles San Salvaje

DSC01316by Steven Doyle

The Peruvian dish, tacu-tacu is this amazing staple that was brought to South America via African slaves. It is a humbled dish that has survived generations and is made of rice and beans prepared with a side of fried plantains, or fried eggs. At the new Stephan Pyles restaurant, San Salvaje, tacu-tacu is served with a caramelized banana and a thick slab of seared foie gras. It is earthy, supple and delicious, all at once.

San Salvaje replaces the beautiful but tiny Samar at 2100 Ross Avenue in downtown Dallas, and celebrates cuisine found anywhere south of Harligen, according to Pyles. This could mean most anything, from Mexico, across to Cuba, and definitely Peru where you could find tacu-tacu on any plate on any given day.   Continue reading

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Plan to Head To San Antonio in May for Culinaria

img11-400x468by Andrew Chalk

You might describe it as “Savor San Antonio“ or the “San Antonio Wine and Food Festival”. Whatever term you choose, Culinaria is five days of wine, spirits, beer and the best restaurants the city has to offer, all set around the most vibrant downtown in Texas. And don’t overlook how much San Antonio’s gourmet scene has improved in recent years. As well as national quality restaurants, there is one of the country’s best cocktail conferences and cocktail bar scenes. Culinaria is simply where that all comes together.

The events, which benefit culinary students and food-related aid organizations, run every day from Tuesday 14th through Sunday 18th with the biggest concentration at the weekend. Wine dinners take place all over town on Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th May. The 15th also sees the HEB sponsored food truck event.   Continue reading

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Kenny’s Burger Joint Opening Second Location In Plano

Kenny10by Mark Demming

When business partners Kenny Bowers, Bob Stegall and Mike Hutchinson opened his Kenny’s Burger Joint in Frisco five years ago, they brought together the relaxed nature of the nation’s best burger houses  with spectacular full service, great bar and more.  The restaurant has become a regional favorite, drawing guests who enjoy the signature wood-grilled burgers, ample sides and amazing sandwiches.  Bowers and his partners have now announced plans to open a second Kenny’s Burger Joint in Plano’s LakeSide Market.

Bowers opened his first Plano restaurant, Kenny’s Smoke House, in the Shops of Legacy a year ago.  The new Kenny’s Burger Joint is scheduled for an August 2014 opening.    Continue reading

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Mad Men Inspired Table 13 Opened Last Night In Addison

dean-martin-frank-sinatra-pocket-squaresby Steven Doyle

Table 13 is located at Belt Line and Inwood Road in the restaurant mecca of Addison. Consider Table 13 a throwback to the stylized Vegas days when the Rat Pack ruled, and the order of the day was a strong drink and a steak.

“This unique concept is the result of many late night brainstorming sessions and a lot of careful planning,” said restaurateur Mike McRae, whose vision for Table 13 grabbed the attention of Gabe Nicolella, longtime business partner. Together, McRae and Nicolella have more than 70 years combined experienced in the industry, successfully operating upscale establishments like Daddy’s Money, e’lan, Nostomo, Rio Room and Studebakers.    Continue reading

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Scissor-Tails and Cocktails Benefits Trinity River Audubon Center May 8

texas great horned owlsby Steven Doyle Trinity River Audubon Center’s signature event, Scissor-tails & Cocktails, presented by the Omni Dallas, is the party to support outdoor education for North Texas children.  With tasty treats from celebrity chefs, s’mores around the campfire, birds of prey, live music from the Dallas Family Band, a silent auction and so much more, it’s a fun and festive celebration benefiting Trinity River Audubon Center’s outdoor educational programs for kids. Ben Jones, Trinity’s Center Director, says “At Audubon Texas, we’re passionate about connecting kids to nature and building a foundation for conservation stewardship. Kids from Pleasant Grove to Preston Hollow from Lakewood to Lake Highlands and Oak Cliff to East Dallas – kids from every background and stripe; we believe every child deserves a proper introduction to the outdoors – No child left inside!”   Continue reading

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Mico Rodriguez To Headline Oral Fixation For Cinco de Mayo

Mico-Rodriguezby Steven Doyle

Two weeks from tonight, on Cinco de Mayo, Dallas’ live storytelling series Oral Fixation will complete its overwhelmingly popular 3rd season at AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Wyly Theatre with a dynamic and diverse evening of outrageously juicy true tales on the theme “The Whole Enchilada.”  It’s been an amazing season and they plan on going out with a bang.
The biggest catch of this cast is undoubtedly Mico Rodriguez of “Mr Mesero” (and of course founder of Mi Cocina) fame who will come out of the shadows to share his fascinating tale of success and struggle in the Tex Mex biz.  Mico is this fantastic storyteller, who often conjures these intricate back stories for his restaurants. Also noteworthy are a Dallas Observer writer’s raunchy play-by-play at a recent enchilada-eating contest and a woman’s remarkable journey through evangelism and sexuality conversion therapy to accepting herself as she is.

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TJ’s Seafood Market Moving Forest Location To Preston Royal

TJs_JonAlexis_349_3by Steven Doyle

TJ’s Seafood Market is one of our favorite spots in Dallas to find fresh seafood. Th location at Preston and Forest has been servicing Dallas for 25 years, and has been a fantastic spot for unusual species of seafood with exemplary quality. We also enjoy the location on Oak Lawn that allows us to select our seafood fresh from the cold case and dine on location. Today we learned that TJ’s will be moving their flagship store at Preston-Forest to a new location at Preston and Royal in the North East shopping center, the former Purple Cow restaurant.   Continue reading

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