by Steven Doyle
There is a place, a hidden place, where you can find cold beer, great burgers and incredible live music. This is the place many know as Lee Harvey’s. In its own compound surrounded by barbed wire and a double gate to prevent happy pet from either getting in, or escaping, you will find nothing but great camaraderie and smiles at this hot spot in the Cedars area of Dallas.
The food at Lee Harvey’s is nothing short of splendid, and is made out of a kitchen much smaller than your own at home. The food comes out quickly an perfect every time for a place with such adversity as this small workspace. But that is the only thing small about the bar. The burgers are enormous, clocking in at a half pound and topped with as many ingredients as you might care to savor. The meat is juicy and hand formed, and even though the bun is sturdy the juices make fast play with your ability to manage this monster. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
Class is almost in session at the West Village’s newest gastropub, Public School 214, which will be opening doors to the public on Thursday, January 29th at 11 AM. In additional this opening news, they have announced Public School 972, which is headed to the Addison area in fall 2015. This past weekend we had a chance to sample much of the fare at PS 214 at a pre-opening dining event hich gave us some perspective in what you have waiting for you when you come in to try the new restaurant, and you will want to come in for a tasting.
The menu at Public School exploits only the hottest trends in food and booze. So you can be sure to find a crazy good version of chicken and waffles, with their tower high plateful secured by several waffles made in house using a cornbread batter, with bits of corn, cheese and green chiles. This was served with a side of red-eye gravy for an extra kick. Continue reading
Bijoux, one of the few restaurants in Dallas to earn “five stars” twice, and one of the “10 Hottest New Restaurants in America” by Bon Appétit (2007) will be dishing a final bow on February 28.
Scott and Gina Gottlich, Bijoux’s chef/sommelier ownership duo, have decided to close after eight and a half successful years in business. “Bijoux’s run has exceeded all of our expectations and wildest dreams. We feel now is the right time to close, on a high note, so we can stay focused on our other restaurant, The Second Floor at the Westin Galleria, and take time consider future projects,” said Scott Gottlich. Continue reading
The Austin-based kebap chain, Vertskebap, will open its latest restaurant in Dallas proper in Preston Hollow Village tomorrow with a grand opening event Saturday, January 31st featuring one free full sized entrée per guest, so Dallas area residents can try the unique food concept risk free.
“We are very excited to introduce our authentic kebaps to the Dallas market,” says co-CEO, Michael Heyne. “Dallas is the place to be for modern upbeat food concepts. Almost all successful new food concepts are in the market. If we can become successful in Dallas, we will be able to take our concept elsewhere in the U.S.” Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
As of January first the historic, and original sports tavern in North Dallas, the Time Out Tavern (or commonly called The TOT) was sold to Aaron Saginaw from the original owner who is now retired, Kevin McCormack. McCormack purchased the Tavern from the previous owner 26 years ago. The Tavern was originally called the Doll House, which unlike the name might infer was a simple pub owned by Dotty Brown. “It was an old, run down bar with regulars drinking draft beer and a few bottles of whiskey,” said McCormack.
McCormack was originally in the wholesale liquor business, and grew up in the Lovers and Inwood area. He stopped in the bar one afternoon and visited with the owner suggesting that if he threw up some TV’s on the wall and a bit of sports memorabilia, that sport bars would be a big thing in the future. “I said you would have all these people from Highland Park over here,” continue McCormack. The owner of the bar said he didn’t want of those punks from Highland Park coming into the bar. That is when McCormack decided to go into the bar business. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
We checked in at the fairly new Deep Ellum Taproom located inside the brewery of the same name, and was pleasantly surprised to find what resembles a pretty cool looking pub found on the outskirts of Deep Ellum. You can often find beers that the brewery produces that might not be served elsewhere, such as the new Four Swords Cabernet Barrel Aged brew released today in bottles. If you go today when they open their doors, you might be able to find a few snifters left of this unique beer. Otherwise you will need to scout out a bottle or two at your favorite high-end beer retailer. The supply is horrendously limited at about 45 cases.
We chatted up Deep Ellum Brewery owner John Reardon for the low down on this special beer and he said it was the Four Swords quad that has been barrel aged in casks they purchased from Ben Calais over a year ago when Calais winery was still located in Deep Ellum, If you recall, Calais has since moved to their new vineyard in the hill country of Hye, Texas. Continue reading