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Richard Graff Named Exec Chef at Meddlesome Moth

Chef Richard Graff

Meddlesome Moth has named Richard Graff the Executive Chef of the New American gastropub located in Dallas’ Design District. Graff most recently held the position of executive sous chef at Gemma which garnered multiple accolades during his tenure from its inception in 2013.

Following culinary school, Graff worked at George Restaurant before moving to Craft at the W Hotel where he advanced from chef de partie to sous chef and ultimately catering chef. Graff accepted the position of chef de cuisine at Cook Hall in 2012.   Continue reading

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First Look: Sugarbacon Proper Kitchen

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Restaurant veteran Johnny Carros (most recently general manager of Kent Rathbun’s Jasper’s restaurant) and chef Jon Thompson (most recently executive chef for Samar and Stampede 66 by Stephan Pyles) have partnered to create Sugarbacon Proper Kitchen. Located at 216 W. Virginia Street in McKinney’s historic downtown, this casual yet sophisticated restaurant serves lunch and dinner with weekend brunch service following later this summer.

Carros and Thompson explain the concept as upscale casual with fresh, flavorful, uncomplicated food. “The philosophy behind our menu is that simple ingredients, when sourced well, can be elevated by an experienced chef to an unbelievable level of flavor. We are staying away from complex sauces and layers and instead allowing the food itself to shine. The smoked Berkshire pork chop with green chile hominy casserole is a soon-to-be-favorite that signifies this New American menu with Texas undertones,” says Thompson who has worked as a chef in the kitchens of Stephan Pyles and Bradley Ogden.   Continue reading

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The Definitive 2015 List of the Best Hot Dogs in Dallas

hot dogby Steven Doyle

It has been a year since we revised our best hot dog list, and the list changed dramatically. Today we have bigger and better options when it comes to the reliable tube steak. Check out our list of favorites and enjoy all these dogs during National Hot Dog Month:

Luscher’s Red Hots:  You might know Brian Luscher; chef, charcuterie maven, owner of The Grape. A few years back he moved into a new arena when he devised the Post Oak Red Hot. This snappy and delicious rendition is part of a full line up of dog related bites that includes an oak smoked hot dog made with locally raised meats. Just months ago the chef opened Luscher’s Red Hots in Deep Ellum where you not only can find this delicious example of a hot dog, but also one of the best burgers in Dallas, along with a few other treats that include sausages. Luscher also has a line of hand-made accouterments  to devise your own Chi Dog at home including sport peppers, spicy brown mustard and sweet and hot cucumbers.   Continue reading

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Exclusive: Hot Music Venue Lava Cantina to Open in the Colony

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Look for the new 18,000 square foot venue  Lava Cantina to open in The Colony. Plans are to bring high quality Mexican and Creole fusion and live music replete with 1,800 seats. Father and son owners Steve and Ian Vaughn opened a similar venue in Baton Rouge in 2013 and have since enjoyed a raging success.

Steve Vaughn has been in the music industry for 40 years and Ian Vaughn worked for Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers as COO.   Continue reading

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McFadden’s Addison Closed

mcfaddensby Steven Doyle

The Irish Goodbye is truly the best exit strategy. This is where you simply vanish into the night quietly, possibly with a select bottle in hand. No need for long chats of regret and confusing excuses about leaving the iron on or babysitters (we know you have no children).  This is what Addison’s McFadden’s did for us last night as they abruptly shuttered after three and a half years.   Continue reading

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Cedars Social Under New Ownership

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Restaurateur and long-time hospitality industry expert Jeffrey Yarbrough took over The Cedars Social alongside Chad Boyle, his former business partner at Liberty Noodle. The two have brought together an all-star team to run and revitalize the bar including restaurant and night club veterans Michael Morris of 2826 and Martini Ranch, Dirk Kelcher and Mark Kelcher of Ron’s Place and General Manager Jeremy Poyo. Original barman Michael Martensen will remain a founding partner.

This team alongside land developer Jack Matthews of Matthews Southwest feels that as a part of the Southside community, it is their duty to keep one of the most highly-rated cocktail bars and restaurants Dallas has ever seen alive. They look forward to bringing The Cedars Social back to its fullest potential.   Continue reading

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East Dallas Havana Cafe Expanding

DSC08355by Steven Doyle

Dallas is a bit light on Cuban fare, but Ernesto Velez is doing what he can to change that fact. He is the former owner of Havana Social Club on Victory Plaza which specializes in mojitos and cigars, and for the past two and a half years Velez has been feeding the small masses that line up for lunch and dinner at  Havana Café at 1152 Buckner Blvd. in the Casa Linda Plaza.

At Havana Café you will find authentic Cuban cuisine such as Ropa Vieja, a shredded flank steak simmered in special Havana’s criollo sauce, or Lechon Asado, a marinated pork leg with a Cuban mojo.  And, of course, one of the finest examples of a Cuban Sandwich around made with roast pork leg, Swiss cheese and Serrano ham.  Continue reading

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