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Ultra Sneak Peek Into Battuto Italian Kitchen

DSC04918by Steven Doyle

This past weekend I scored an invite to Gene and Julie Gate’s home where they said they were cooking up a few recipes that they will possibly offer at their new restaurant, Battuto Italian Kitchen which opens mid-February in the shopping center at Preston and Frankford.  I broke that story back in September and you can read about that here.

When I arrived I met their opening chef, Gustavo Herrera, who was last seen working at The French Room in Dallas. Gustavo is a man of culinary talents who hails originally from Peru where he met his wife who is a professor at SMU.  In the kitchen Gustavo was busily tossing a pounded chicken breast in a bath of porcini mushroom dust that would eventually be grilled and tossed into a special salad he has concocted. The salad also has grilled Asian pears and strawberries. Delicious.   Continue reading

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Eat Me: Animal Tots At Park Tavern

DSC04731by Steven Doyle

I am a fan of poutine, but Dallas is in short supply of the unofficial Canadian national dish that is made up of house-made fries, fresh squeaky cheese curds and a rich brown gravy. In Canada you will find as many versions of the dish as you might find restaurants. From the best 5-star fine dining establishment to most any fast food chain carry the dish with their own special spin.

Today I discovered a unique version in Dallas at Park Tavern in the Shops at Park Lane across from Bowl and Barrel. One table mate insisted on ordering this for the group and what came out was nothing short of terrific.    Continue reading

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Food Photos From The Homefront

You always see the latest dishes from the pros now let’s see yours!  Show us what’s being served at the table closest to home.

Marzipan Coco Logs by Mikhail Ahi.

Marzipan Cocoa Logs by Mikhail Ahi.

If you’ve got something cooking in the kitchen and like to show it off, send a photo and a brief description to robert@cravedfw.com.

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Celebrate 12/12/12 Day With 12 Dishes We Want In Our Belly

mr-creosote1by Steven Doyle

To celebrate the unique date today, 12/12/12, we wish to bring you our list of twelve fantastic things we want to put in our bellies today. This is a difficult list to procure, and we had to leave off so many we enjoy, but these are of particular joy. The list is in no particular order. Continue reading

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Q&A With Bowl and Barrel’s Owner Kyle Noonan

DSC04336by Steven Doyle

Bowl and Barrel opened wide this past week and has already enjoyed a bit of success. The new restaurant implements a small bowling alley to combine the owners love for food and recreation. This fantastic concept is tucked away in a massive space to the rear of The Shops at Park Lane in North Dallas. Conceived and operated by Josh Sepkowitz and Kyle Noonan, both SMU grads, they decided to leave their steady 9 to 5’s to venture into the world of restaurant management.

The team has already experienced some success with many corporate holiday parties booked, the future for Bowl and Barrel seems bright. The pair have also taken duties at the newly re-opened Sunset Lounge on ross Avenue in Dallas as operating managers. Look for a few new concepts that they have rolling around in their heads, but for now enjoy the 15 world class lanes and the restaurant chef-imagined by Sharon Hage.

For more a more in-depth look at Bowl and Barrel jump further for this week’s Q&A where we sat with Kyle Noonan over a few pretty special hot dogs and cold beer.    Continue reading

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Win This: La Popular Tamale House

tamaleby Steven Doyle

La Popular Tamale House located in the Lakewood area and also in Shed 2 at the Dallas Farmers Market has long been praised on craveDFW as one of the best tamales in Dallas. The family owned business opened in 1984 and has been a valued part of the community since. The restaurant is operated by the father and son tag team Jesse Sr. and Jesse Jr. Moreno who both spend time making tamales and giving back to the community through their valued contributions to the city.       Continue reading

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Boulevardier’s Bountiful Brunch

by Steven Doyle

Boulevardier has enjoyed its first successful quarter as the hot, new French bistro in Bishop Arts. It is the first of several such bistros that will be opening soon, and chef-owner Nathan Tate of Restaurant Ava fame is busily cranking out some fantastic plates of pretty and bountiful bistro fare. We have enjoyed the interesting oysters brought in each week, as well as the hearty plates of lamb’s neck and bouillabaisse. The ration of fantastic starters are refreshing and thoughtful.

We like and enjoy Boulevardier, and now they went and added a Sunday brunch that beckoned us this week. Now we know Tate has mastered the egg.  Continue reading

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