by Steven Doyle
Standard Pour has fast become one of the best cocktail bars in the city of Dallas. Under the guidance of barman and general manager Brian McCullough the McKinney Avenue hotspot attracts locals and industry people nightly. They are looking for well-crafted cocktails without the fuss that can be displayed at other bars. The steady hand of the bar staff is quite evident as they concoct every drink imaginable in split seconds, enabling the staff to move through lines of thirsty guests in a matter of minutes.
Pretty much everyone who reports on cocktails in Dallas agrees that Standard Pour is the standard pour, but there is more awaiting past that bright patina of libations. That is where the able bodied Chef Peja Krstic steps up to the mound offering his version of genius bar fare. Continue reading
by Melissa Robert
Being known as a food lover amongst your peers means that you are regularly asked where to dine in Dallas. Last week I had the pleasure of enjoying a meal with friends at Acme F&B and I can safely say this is one restaurant you don’t want to miss.
Upon entering the large front doors I was immediately greeted not only by the hostess, but also by a wonderful and enticing aroma that filled the air. I made my way to the bar in the back, enjoying the thoughtful and warm décor anchored by a large fireplace in the middle of an open dining room. The patio area is also very spacious, this night I opted for the cozy grouping of armchairs near the fireplace. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle and Jason Kosmas
I stopped in Tate’s Craft Cocktails located on McKinney Avenue last week when I was tooling around town with cocktail maven Jason Kosmas and we met the new manager and chief barman, JW Tate. JW is the son of the owner and comes to Dallas from Winston-Salem, North Carolina where the original bar is located.
You may recall Tate’s opened in Dallas back in December with Matt Ceneviva at the helm. I spoke with Matt about JW and he said, “I worked with JW when he first started bartending and the grasshopper has actually outreached the master.” Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
Standard Pour is set to open its doors officially April 1, 2012. Until then they will host a series of soft openings and friends-and-family nights so small crowds will be able to stop in and check out the crafty cocktails produced by bar manager Brian McCullough and the dining options from chef Peja Krstic.
The main dining room and bar area has been totally reworked erasing all traces of the former tenant, Lotus Bar. In its place you are thrown back into a rough hewn era of undeterminable age. Along with the iron work and rustic bar, there are furnishings that melds with the red plum exterior. Continue reading
by Katie Minchew
Sambuca. It’s rumored to be Oprah’s humble hangout when in Dallas, so it’s gotta be classy, right? Right. Sambuca is really “top drawer,” despite the long list of occasional less than classy drink names. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
Merritt Martin, former Observer alumni now editor at Eater Dallas, reports that Lumi on McKinney is shuttered. This is yet another of what will most likely be more than a few local restaurants taking a bow after a fairly harsh year and economy. Continue reading