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Javier’s Is Still El Jefe

by Steven Doyle

There are certain spots in Dallas that belong in a category that is beyond critique. These institutions are engrained in every lifelong Dallasite and should be revered much like that wise, elderly uncle who spins wise about his first love. Every city has such restaurants, and we have ours in North Texas that are enveloped in a flag of taste memories.

The first bite into a postage stamp-sized slice of Campisi’s pizza can fulfill such a memory for many. Forget the fact the mushrooms are not from Tom Spicer and the sausage wasn’t made at Jimmy’s Food Store. You won’t find lithe slivers of handmade charcuterie on the pizza, and that is okay.   This is the classic stuff made famous by the likes of Jack Ruby. Who are we to argue? Continue reading

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A Short Trip To Spain With Si Tapas

by Steven Doyle

We love our tapas, and probably a bit disappointed that the term is becoming a bit diluted with the use for anything small. Small plates does not equal tapas. Tapas are these marvelous plated dishes from Spain and basically snacks and appetizers. Since dinner can be served as late as midnight in this country, you might find yourself bar hopping and sampling a few items from probably a dozen different tapas the bar has on hand that evening.

Most likely you will be served several styles of olives, breads, a bit of slow cooked beef, battered squid, sausages or a tortilla de patatas . Actually the more you drink the better the tapas become.    Continue reading

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We Checked Out Primebar’s $5 Burger Wednesday

by Steven Doyle

The love affair in Dallas continues with one of its favorite mistresses, the burger. Sure, Dallas is still seeing others like the taco. But Dallas dismissed FroYo and that little sweetheart, cupcake. Fickle and faddish sure, but Dallas’ main squeeze is still the gorgeous burger.

There are plenty of burger options rolling through Dallas. Some of our favorites can cost just a few dollars, and  some of the best are in excess of ten bucks. Last week we heard about a special burger at Primebar and we promised to investigate. But the story was not just that Primebar had a delicious burger, but that on Wednesdays the burger cost just five dollars all day. This past Wednesday we ate every one they had to offer.        Continue reading

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All Change at The Second Floor

Executive Chef at The Second Floor, Andrea Maricich

by Andrew Chalk

Make careful note of this name: Andrea Maricich. She is the person Scott Gottlich chose to be executive chef at The Second Floor by Scott Gottlich at the Westin Galleria Dallas. She started in June and has had a ‘soft introduction’ in 2014. However, I predict that 2015 could be ‘The Year of The Andrea’ if she continues on her current trajectory. She trained in New York and San Francisco before she and her husband ran a restaurant in Boise, Idaho, for 17 years. The economic downturn prompted the move to Dallas to take the position of chef de cuisine at Hotel ZaZa. From there she came to The Second Floor. Continue reading

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The Rustic Opens October 16

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Free Range Concepts partners, Josh Sepkowitz and Kyle Noonan announce their newest project – The Rustic – will open Wednesday, October 16th for dinner service (lunch hours planned for later in the month).  Located in Uptown at the prime corner lot of Lemmon Avenue and North Central Expressway in the West Village area, The Rustic promises to be a vibrant Texas-inspired addition to Dallas’ restaurant/bar scene with great food and drink.

Sepkowitz and Noonan, the team behind Bowl & Barrel, Mutts and the new television series Local Fare, have partnered with Grammy nominated singer/songwriter, Pat Green and local businessman Brian Manion to open a full service restaurant and bar that will showcase kitchen and bar menus with roots reaching deep into the Texas soil.  Beef, poultry and game from local ranchers and produce from local farmers are an important foundation of the menu.  Local purveyors include the likes of Barking Cat Farms (Heath, TX), Comeback Creek (Pittsburgh, TX), Vital Farms (Austin, TX), Wagyu Excelente (Dallas,TX), Broken Arrow Ranch (Ingram, TX), Caprino Royale (Waco, TX), Eagle Mountain Cheese (Granbury, TX), Veldhuizen Cheese (Dublin, TX), Spiceman’s FM 1410 (Dallas, TX) and more.    The bar will feature all the best Texas has to offer including 40 beers on draft, cocktails and a notable wine list.    Continue reading

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Dallas Is Experiencing A Hospitality Labor Shortage

waitressby Steven Doyle

We are deluged with messages about various venues needing hospitality workers. The Rustic is set to open soon and have requested at least 50 people to wait tables. Yesterday we spoke with Parigi owner Janice Provost who is looking for a few people to wait tables. If you are a host or hostess it is a seller’s market. There are numerous positions for chefs throughout the city. The need seems to be a growing concern for area restaurateurs. Where will they find the capable hands to open these new restaurants?     Continue reading

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Look For A Steak And Ale Opening Near You, But Not Real Soon

couponby Steven Doyle

The first time I ever slammed against a salad bar was at Steak and Ale as a young lad. The thought of the stack of the cold plates chilling to near iceberg levels only to be met with a layer of salad greens and the very first sampling of blue cheese ever still brings a slight moistening to the side of my lips.

I am not sure the last time I ran through that salad bar, or any salad bar for that matter, but it had to be at least five years ago because that was when the very last Steak and Ale closed its doors.

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