by Steven Doyle
Each week we ask the question, “What’s Eating Your Phone”? This is where we all can join in on the foodie fun and send in your latest dining photo that has you all jazzed. These are not necessarily limited to dining out, it can be from that last dinner party. And don’t think we discriminate against libations. Send in your favorite cocktail photo, too.
To be included in a future edition of What’s Eating Your Phone, send those photos to me at email@example.com. A brief description and location would be super helpful. Here are this week’s selections: Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
The Free Man celebrates its third anniversary tonight in grand style. The notorious house band, the Freeloaders will play from 7 to 10pm, followed by Roomsounds from 10pm until 2am. John Jay Myers just updated his menu a bit adding some interesting plays on his usual family Cajun recipes.
Standouts on the new menu items include several extremely tasty pasta dishes with one very exceptional vegetarian version, a sandwich with slow cooked brisket and a surprise fried egg center, and these amazing brisket sliders set atop the very best cornbread you will ever taste. Then there is the new dessert. Cheesecake can seem a bit boring, but not at the Free Man where it is homemade, creamy and light, and given the bacon and caramel treatment for one kicked up happy ending. If you try nothing else, go to Free Man for the cheesecake. And those sliders. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
The beloved Bishop Arts icon El Padrino in has remained closed now since 2012, but is being resurrected as a Cuban restaurant, C Senor. Still waiting for signage, the grand opening is just weeks away, but you can already get a foreshadowing of the tasty sandwiches that will b served from the tiny building at 330 West Davis. Continue reading
by Jennifer Thomas
Brick House Tavern + Tap, the elevated tavern, opened its first Fort Worth location on 6300 North Freeway near I-35 at Fossil Creek. The new spot features a seasonal, chef-inspired menu, craft beers and hand-crafted cocktails made by Brick House bar experts – making it the best place in town to come together, hang out and watch the game. This is the eighth location in Texas, and second in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.
Brick House Tavern + Tap is perfect for football fans and non-fans alike. The 8,600-square-foot location is equipped with more than 30 flat-screen TVs that can be viewed from soft leather recliners, a seat at the bar or a communal table for the whole party. From Aug. 4 through Sept. 3, guests can call and reserve their seat for their fantasy draft parties and receive group specials and more. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
Now in its eighth year, Bombay Sapphire and GQ Magazine’s “Most Imaginative Bartender” program traveled to over 40 US cities and welcomed more than 3,500 participating bartenders in 2014. With the aim of advancing best-practice bartending, cultivating mixologists’ skills and encouraging their creativity, the “Most Inspired Bartender” program has played a pivotal role in recognizing up-and-coming cocktail cities, as well as strong holds such as New York and Portland.
The local contest which sends the winner on to compete nationally was held this week in Dallas, and the winner of the competition was Bonnie Wilson, the beverage program manager for Frontburner’s Fork It Over Restaurants (The Ranch at Las Colinas, Mexican Sugar, Whiskey Cake, Velvet Taco). As good fortune would have it, we spoke to Ms. Wilson recently and had a spirited conversation in this Q&A. Continue reading
by Andrew Chalk
LYFE (Love Your Food Everyday) is a concept in a growing segment: healthy, tasty food with a conscious nod towards localism, environmentalism and some notion of social responsibility. After establishing 10 locations in California, Nevada, Colorado and Illinois they have finally arrived in Texas, and are hitting the Dallas area first. There will initially be locations in Plano (at Preston and Park), Preston Center and Uptown (West Village). Last night they held the grand opening of the Uptown location to a packed crowd of foodies, friends, family, media and local dignitaries. Poor Mi Cocina next door looked rather lonely by comparison.
Although we sampled only a small subset of the menu, the boisterous event gave me an idea of what makes LYFE tick. Think of True Food Kitchen and Seasons 52 as similar in concept and also in menu construction. LYFE is more casual and at a lower price point than Seasons and stresses that it is open breakfast (unlike the others), lunch and dinner. In Uptown’s densely populated area the breakfast option is likely to prove popular. Continue reading
This weekend, cancel all your plans. Better yet, make plans to spend your weekend at the Truck Yard. Because all the cool kids will be drinking cocktails from coconuts, and you clearly don’t want to miss out on that. It’s all going down on Friday, August 1 and Saturday, August 2 from 5 p.m. until the coconuts run out, where mixologist extraordinaire Jason Kosmas created a trio of special cocktails served inside actual coconuts. Continue reading