Regulars at Teppo Yakitori & Sushi Bar know Tomoaki Nishigaya as “Tommy”, the likeable avid Rangers fan who creates some of the best sushi and Japanese dishes in the DFW area. Many reserve the seats directly in front of him to take advantage of his daily specials or Omakase, but most don’t know much about him or how he became the head sushi chef at Teppo. We sat down with him recently to get the skinny. Continue reading
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All good things are worth the wait, and for seafood lovers in East Dallas this never rang truer than for 20 Feet Seafood Joint owned and operated by Marc Cassel and his lovely chef-partner Susan Fries, to whom he is engaged. The tiny restaurant located next to two East Dallas sweethearts, Good 2 Go Taco and Goodfriend Beer Garden and Burger House has already made quite the splash with local residents and foodmongers. There is a good reason why, the food is delicious and very affordable. Continue reading
Ever since opening his Oak Lawn location in 2012, TJ’s Fresh Seafood Market has been hosting specialty dinners that feature seafood prepared in worldly ways and paired with wines of that region. Tuesday evening owner and purveyor Jon Alexis threw a French Style seven-course dinner to an excited and eager full house.
For each course Jon described the wine pairing, while Executive Chef Scott Hoffner discussed the ingredients and execution of the dish. A main supplier of TJ’s, whose Red Grouper was featured in the 3rd course, was on site to tell the diners how Jon decides what fish to select (Jon can be quite picky), the state of sustainability in our oceans today, and the unique fish that often get thrown away in the U.S. while it is considered a delicacy (and pricey!) overseas. Continue reading
A gluttonous weekend of food, fun, and information at the inaugural event of Coastal Flavors in Rockport, Texas.
The backyard patio party started off with live music and an assortment of drinks, including bubbly, wine, and a choice of specialty cocktails. A team of oyster shuckers arrived, and after a few short minutes, the trays of ice beds were full of the tasty bivalves. The local oysters had just been harvested from the waters less than 5 hours before. What a great way to introduce the event. Continue reading
The scene was a Japanese food lover’s dream last Sunday evening at Yutaka as the Chef/Owner presented a seven-course menu for guests, each of whom donated $200 to benefit the victims of Hurricane Sandy. The menu was created and executed by the host and three of the top sushi chefs in the U.S. as shortlisted by Travel + Leisure magazine in 2012.
The rock star chefs in attendance were Ken Namba of Kiriko in Los Angeles, Taichi Kitamura of Sushi Kappo Yamura in Seattle, and Hiroki Fujiyama, the executive chef of Morimoto in Philadelphia. Continue reading
Even on a Tuesday night, Spoon Bar and Kitchen is packed with patrons enjoying one of the most anticipated restaurants to open in Dallas last year. The sustainable seafood eatery in Preston Center has the perfect location to compliment the intimate dining experience you’ll feel once you are seated. The lights are dim, the pale aqua tones of the interior are calming and the bar is surprisingly large for the space. Ipads are distributed to assist diners in navigating the wine list but the staff is great at providing suggestions to anyone that is on the fence.
The dining room seats about 60 and I’m quite sure I had the best seat in the house, the bar top facing the kitchen. The Spoon kitchen operates seamlessly. John Tesar, Executive Chef, is nothing short of a conductor leading his orchestra to a symphony of plated perfection. The menu reminds me of being in a candy store as a child; there are enticing items I’ve never had before and I want to try everything. Continue reading