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Stephan Pyles’ Stampede 66 Tastes Like Texas

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photo by Robert Bostick

by Steven Doyle

There are few restaurants in the Dallas area that speak to its Texas roots as Stephan Pyle’s restaurant Stampede 66 located in its sprawling digs as big as Texas itself in the tony base of the Park 17 on the southern most cusp of Uptown. Here you will witness a sultry West Texas big sky as you dine on refined vittles under the moonlit caricature Pyles has created. Nothing is business as usual in the Pyles world; instead things are larger than life as honorably displayed on large platters of fried chicken oozing honey, or v-shelved tacos filled with rich and meaty brisket or delicately fried Gulf oysters.

Stampede is where locals and tourists alike get to play JR Ewing to a fanciful version of chicken fried steak. Executive Chef Jon Thompson calls this menu “Modern Texan, but we call it dinner. Things are kicked up a few levels at Stampede as evidenced by the shrimp and grits dotted with a largish sphere of condensed shrimp broth that is to be macerated in the bowl to create this explosive flavor bomb. An unusual touch that begs for another bite.    Continue reading

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James Beard House Announces Semi-Finalists And Dallas Makes The List

stephan headshotby Steven Doyle

The 2013 James Beard Award semi-finalist nominations were announced today and DFW restaurants had some nods this year. Check out the list below:

Outstanding Chef: Stephan Pyles, Stephan Pyles Restaurant

Best Chef Southwest: Teiichi Sakurai, Tei-An and Jason Maddy, Oak

Outstanding Wine Program: Café on the Green at Four Seasons Resort and Club

Outstanding Service: The French Room at the Adolphus

Outstanding Restaurateur: Nick Badovinus – Flavor Hook, Off-Site Kitchen, Tried and True, Neighborhood Services

Outstanding Bar Program: The Cedars Social

Congratulaitons to our fine restaurateurs in the Dallas area.

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Pyles Freshens Up New Stampede 66

pyles2by Steven Doyle

Just a few months after opening his latest venture, Stephan Pyles is already tweaking Stampede 66. The homage to his hometown roots integrates cuisine from across the great state of Texas. Now Pyles is rethinking the idea of  so much in one menu.

“My initial intent was to give diners a sampling of Texas foods cut from a broad cloth. In retrospect, I have come to realize the menu is perhaps too broad and tries to encompass too much. Streamlining the menu a bit will help the kitchen focus more intently on each of the items that remain,” said Pyles.   Continue reading

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Maharaja’s Feast At Samar Jan 23

samar1by Steven Doyle

Stephan Pyle’s Samar is one of my very favorite restaurants. It reflects on how I dine, or like to dine. I do not normally sit down in front of a giant haunch of beef, in fact the last steakhouse I went to I appreciated the fish of the day.  How I do like to dine is with a group of friends surrounded by more than a few plates of food, paired with fantastic drinks or a good bottle of wine.           Continue reading

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Start Your Summer With A Bengali BBQ At Samar

by Steven Doyle

Jon Thompson, the executive chef at Stephan Pyle’s  Samar, will be hosting a special Bengali BBQ on Wednesday June 20, 2012. Thompson will feature five meats including a spiced rubbed buffalo brisket and glazed lamb ribs. Included in the dinner will be an array of side dishes, breads and sauces.             Continue reading

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Check Out The Line Up For Next Chefs For Farmers

by Steven Doyle

If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet for the upcoming Chefs for Farmers event May 6, 2012, you best skedaddle. This will be one of the hottest events of the year with an amazing amount of chefs hosted by Dallas legend Stephan Pyles who is the head chair for the outdoor event. Dean Fearing and Kent Rathbun are also being honored.   Continue reading

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