Eat Me: The Snookies Burger

DSC07438by Steven Doyle

In 1989 when Gene Street Jr. and Dace Street opened Snookies on Oak Lawn they most likely had no idea what an institution the bar would become. To this day they serve up one of the better chicken fried steaks in the old family Street tradition.

Checking in at Snookies recently with a hankering for one of their fine chicken fried steaks, a true plate hanger with a smooth and creamy gravy dotted with the appropriate amount of cracked black pepper, I was diverted by one of the long time staffers, Caroline Belfour who insisted I try out the burger. She waxed gingerly how the hand formed meat patty and all the accouterments were made in house. This included a special spicy sauce that should be doused into the catsup for an extra tang with the hand-cut fries. Continue reading

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Meet Master Sushi Chef Hiroyuki Fujino From Five Sixty

by Steven Doyle

What are great qualities of a sushi chef? Amiable, imaginative and raw talent are a few things that come to mind. Certainly these words all hold true when describing Master Sushi Chef Hiroyuki “Fuji” Fujino.  We might toss in charming for good measure, and perhaps when we sup on the omakase at Five Sixty atop the tower at the Hyatt downtown the master might toss an extra morsel of the good stuff our way.

Omakase is when you trust your sushi chef to plan your meal for you in place of ordering ala carte. You will find the chef more giving in his rarer stock with more visits when the chef starts trusting your palate as much as you trust that he will prepare something hopefully more rare than those around you. This is a tasting menu with few rules.             Continue reading

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Edoko Sushi & Robata and Tom+Chee Opening in Richardson’s CityLine

citylineby Steven Doyle

Richardson’s CityLine development is  in full construction mode, and so far will include an Aloft hotel; LOOK Cinemas; Whole Foods Market; Jaspers; CoalVines; 935 apartments; a wellness office building anchored by Texas Health Resources and Children’s Health; and a health and fitness facility adjacent to a 3.5-acre park with trails. By September 2015, CityLine is expected to have a daytime population of 10,000 people. At full build-out, the CityLine project will contain approximately six million square feet of office space, two hotels, 3,925 multi-family residential units, 300,000 square feet of grocery, restaurant, entertainment and retail space, and three parks

Developers KDC announced two new restaurants that plan on making CityLine their home. Look for both Edoko Sushi & Robata and Tom+Chee.

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Patina Green on Historic McKinney Square Adds Dinner Options

PG Dinner -5by Mandy Davis

After nearly 5 years in the lunch business, 2015 brings exciting changes to Patina Green Home and Market as they introduce a dinner menu on Friday and Saturday evenings each week, lunch on Sunday, and wine and beer offerings.

Moving beyond the sandwich in the evening hours, Patina Green offers refined food and beverage in an intentionally designed, relaxed space that compliments the uniqueness of the menu. The dining room has been remodeled to accommodate more seating and create unique gathering spaces that elevate and complete the individual dining experience while simultaneously fostering a sense of community in shared spaces.   Continue reading

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The Ivy Tavern Kicks Off Summer With A Party That Benefits Humane Society

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Popular neighborhood bar, The Ivy Tavern kicks-off summer with a fundraiser for local no- kill shelter, Humane Society of Dallas County on Saturday May 16 from 2-6pm. A $10 donation at the door includes your first Deep Eddy Bomb, a tasty cocktail with Deep Eddy Lemon flavored vodka and Yellow Edition Red Bull and two raffle tickets.

Enjoy live music on The Ivy Tavern patio with award-winning Reggae artists Watusi and $5 Deep Eddy Bombs through the duration. To learn more about the Humane Society of Dallas County and to foster, volunteer or adopt, go to their websiteContinue reading

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Tesar And Tila Pair Up For One Delicious Night

East Meets West Dinner

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This should be one very exciting dinner, hosted by two talented chefs, John Tesar and Jet Tila. Make your reservations for May 21, 2015 when these chefs will go toe-to-toe in the Oak kitchen for one super amazing evening. The 5-course meal is $125, and reservations will fill quickly.

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On Premise in Deep Ellum Opening Soon

on premise1by Steven Doyle

Chef Brian Zenner has been developing the menu at the next bar to open for the Buffalo and Hare group, which will be On Premise opening soon in Deep Ellum at the former Lemongrass location at 2711 Elm. Zenner will take advantage of the woks and offer Asian street food, which is certainly a popular offering this year. Zenner hired his former Oak sous chef, Ann Marie Romero, who also worked with him at the Mansion on Turtle Creek.   Continue reading

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