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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

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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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Cajun Tailgators To Open In Plano

cajunby Steven Doyle

Cajun Tailgators, the Louisiana-inspired food truck is going brick and mortar on us and will open at their  location in downtown Plano at 1112 E 15th Street sometime in November. Owned and operated by Jason Key and Ann Keady,  their menu is revolving, but mainstays include items such as gumbo, jambalaya, and crawfish etouffee.

Specialty items that they are most famous for include favorites such as their crawfish pistolette which is a French roll that is fried and filled with cheese, spices and crawfish,  deep fried boudin balls, and their freshly made Natchitoches meat pies.    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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Green House Market In NorthPark Will Cater to Pescatarians and Ghosts

green houseby Steven Doyle

Photos indicate that the new Green House Market being built in the NorthPark Mall will feature apparitions and specters. The new market will open 8am to 10pm seven days a week and will focus on healthy, local, and organic cuisine accommodating a variety of special needs ranging from Vegan, Vegetarian, and Gluten-Free, as well as food that will make the Pescatarian and Paleo dieters happy.

The food truck turn brick and mortar expects to open November 1, 2013, with our without the ghosts. The soon-to-open market is now hiring a General Manager.


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Mi Piaci Park Cities Is Open

piaci2by Steven Doyle

I just spoke with the PR firm who represents Mi Piaci and they report that the Italian restaurant is now open at the Park Cities location. This is in the old Ocho location on Preston near Northwest Highway.

It was reported early on the Chef Joel Harloff would take on the Mi Piaci job after Ocho closed, but Harloff told us that he was not actually approached. Instead  the executive chef at the Preston location is Elmer Pineda, the same as the original Mi Piaci on Montfort that is currently closed. You will remember that they were locked out due to a rent dispute, and the owners are currently in litigation.   Continue reading

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