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First Look: Amberjax in Trinity Groves

DSC09383by Steven Doyle

Tis the season to open a restaurant in Trinity Groves. If you have not checked out the growing number of restaurants that have recently opened in Trinity Groves, you are missing out on a new treasure in Dallas. The most recent to join that list of openings is Amberjax. Located on the northside of the main building, Amberjax is both a seafood market and restaurant combined into one. Amberjax is owned and operated by Larry Williams and Karen Simmons-Williams. Larry was formerly running the kitchen at Rex’s Seafood Market, and jumped ship to open his own restaurant. Originally he planned to stake claim directly across the street from Rex’s, but that plan was scrubbed and he partnered with Phil Romano and Trinity Groves. 

The restaurant opened this past Saturday to a large reception. The room is long and airy with a genteel southern feel. The interior is bright and inviting, and not overly pretentious much like Larry himself. Amberjax is no doubt occupies the largest space in Trinity Groves so far (sans 3015 the cheffy entertainment venue across the parking lot), and also has the largest and most interesting kitchen which is decked out with every appliance known to chefs.    Continue reading

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Origin Kitchen + Bar Opens Today

DSC09255by Steven Doyle

Origin Kitchen + Bar will officially open today, Tuesday, December 17, 2013, at 4438 McKinney Ave, Ste. 150.  The restaurant concept – created and owned by Russell and Jessica Aldredge – features rustic California-inspired cuisine that will serve dinner, with a bistro-style breakfast, lunch and coffee bar.

“During a trip to Portland last year, we had the meal of our lives at a small French restaurant and knew the style and ambiance was what we wanted to recreate in Dallas,” said Jess and Russell. “We want people to have an experience when they dine with us and feel like they are part of the process.”    Continue reading

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Gemma Opens December 26

Brick chickenby Steven Doyle

Here is the latest restaurant  to open in the Henderson area. This space was formerly Fish City Grill and is a few doors down from Veritas. The press release says it all. Photos courtesy of Kevin Marple.

Dallas’ newest restaurant created by husband and wife duo, Allison Yoder and Stephen Rogers will open December 26th 2013 for dinner.  Located at 2323 Henderson Avenue, Gemma promises to offer a fresh and modern American seasonal menu with ethnic influences in a welcoming and comfortable setting.

Allison Yoder will act as general manager, while her chef husband Stephen Rogers will run the kitchen.  Rogers says his food is “simple, uncomplicated, rustic but refined”. He manipulates recipes from all different regions and countries around the globe to bring a simple yet boldly flavorful experience.  Taking inspiration from Asian, Italian, Mediterranean, French cultures and more, Rogers says, “ I am not trying to reinvent the wheel. I want to showcase the ingredients of my recipes and deliver a product that our guests will crave.”  Rogers purchases his proteins and veggies from small American farmers and producers and works a great deal with vegetables as an accompaniment.    Continue reading

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First Look: Shell Shack For Late Night Crabs

DSC00725by Steven Doyle

Shell Shack is the newest addition to McKinney Avenue and is located where The Stand was at 2916 McKinney, and is owned by the same fellows that operate The Back 9 Bar and Grill in Addison. It is also located next to Pozo and Standard Pour, on the same side of the avenue. The new restaurant is a fantastic late night spot for cocktails, a few well chosen beers and seafood. The stars of the show are the variety of crabs, boiled in bag with a heavy hand on the spice rack for this crazy and delicious flavor that makes you want more. On our visit we did just that.     Continue reading

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First Look: Souk In Trinity Groves

DSC00660by Steven Doyle

Trinity Groves is undeniably the hot spot in Dallas at the moment with new restaurants opening at a pace of every two weeks. This makes for exciting times for those that follow the latest restaurant trends, or those merely looking for a fresh take on dinner or lunch.  Souk opened its doors last week, and is operated by Yaser Khalaf, the genius behind Baboush, Medina, Farnatchi, and Ketchup. And in about 8 months from now Khalaf will premier his own bakery in Uptown Dallas that will feature many European-style pastries and dishes.

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First Look: Trinity Grove’s Local Urban Craft Kitchen (LUCK)

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Trinity Groves is shaping up to be the new restaurant Mecca that it had agreed to be more than a year ago. Weeks ago Kitchen LTO popped open its doors to a sound crowd and early reviews, and yesterday round one chef Norman Grimm served his first lunch crowd. Meanwhile, Souk has had better than expected covers for their dinner service which started last Thursday. The next restaurant to open for business is LUCK, or the Local Urban Craft Kitchen which is very beer focused. We snagged a first look at LUCK last evening during a mock service.

While LUCK is not quite ready for service until Wednesday evening, they are quickly making those few last minute adjustments. As for the food, very little needed adjustment and the service flowed smoothly.  After walking the long road to opening day, LUCK is eager to serve you some interesting food that pairs extremely well with a choice of more than 40 local brews on tap, several choice wines and kambucha for constructing beer cocktails. LUCK is the brain-child of partners Jeff Dietzman, Daniel Pittman and Ned Steel, with Pittman acting as chef even though the three-some are all trained for the job.     Continue reading

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