Coconut’s Fish Cafe Surfs Into Dallas

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Coconut’s Fish Cafe, founded in Kihei, Hawaii in April of 2009 is coming to Dallas with its new franchisee, Desert Streams Restaurant Group. The first restaurant is opening in Texas this December.

The concept, as defined by Coconut’s founder Michael Phillips, delivers the highest quality food, made with original and family recipes while providing guests with healthy options. For Hawaii residents and visitors to the South-side of Maui, Coconut’s has become a local favorite and a visitor destination in the last five years.   Continue reading

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Scardello Announces New Cheese Classes For January

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Our favorite cheesemonger just announced some exciting news, and it could possibly be your answer for that last minute gift for the holidays. Scardello has a new line up of classes for January. These classes sell out quickly, so you will want to act fast. A few of these are very limited.

If you are unfamiliar with Scardello, they are located on the northwest corner of Oak Lawn and Lemmon in Dallas. Scardello is the place for interesting cheeses, all of which you may sample before purchase. They carry a hefty supply of local artisan cheeses, and have a wall of wine to pair with your cheese of choice. Also look for gift boxes and a cheese of the month club that can be shipped anywhere. Check them out onlineContinue reading

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Feast of Seven Fishes at Spoon Dec 24th

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Chef John Tesar’s Spoon Bar & Kitchen (8220 Westchester Dr.) will celebrate the Feast of Seven Fishes with a 10-course tasting menu on Christmas Eve during dinner service 5-10 p.m. Guests will enjoy many varieties of shellfish and seafood with the finest catches of the season including Arctic char and swordfish.  Continue reading

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Smoke’s Plano Location Opens End of December

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Restaurateurs Christopher Zielke, Christopher Jeffers and Executive Chef Tim Byres will join the Plano hospitality community the last week of December. The group, who has received national acclaim for their Oak Cliff neighborhood restaurants and bars (SMOKE, Bar Belmont in The Belmont Hotel, Chicken Scratch and The Foundry), will open an extension of SMOKE, their flagship restaurant the last week of December.

The original SMOKE opened in 2009 on the campus of The Belmont Hotel. Located in the Preston Towne Crossing development at the former Snuffer’s Restaurant & Bar location, SMOKE in Plano will initially open for dinner only, Sunday – Thursday 5 p.m. until 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Now finished with summer-long renovations, the 5,800 square-foot building boasts four private dining areas, a heavily-landscaped outdoor patio, a large sit-down bar and an insulated patio off of the main dining room for year-round use. The interior embodies the same atmosphere and vibe of the original, with a small fireplace, campy-yet-nostalgic Texas artwork and raw, reclaimed wood throughout. Diners have a clear view into the kitchen, with nothing separating them from the action but a low countertop, crafted out of maple planking that once served as a roller rink in Seagoville, Texas. Behind the counter is the crown jewel of the restaurant, a 10-foot custom-designed hearth.   Continue reading

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Mia Dia For Bright And Fresh Mex-Mex

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Hunkered down in the mess of construction rests a simple village of restaurants that includes a Bob’s Steakhouse outpost, a Fireside Pies, and something fairly tasty called Winewood Grill, all tucked away just off the bow of that nightmarish road rework alongside Grapevine, Texas. Also joining in the square is a newish anchor that has been running strong since October 2011, Mia Dia From Scratch.

Mia Dia is cheffed by Gabriel DeLeon sho you may remember from La Margarita in Irving, and  Masaryk Modern Mexican Kitchen in Addison which no longer exists. The chef might have been a foreshadowing of the scene to come and joins well executed Mex-Mex in the area like Abraham Salum’s Komali in Uptown and Mesa Veracruz in Oak Cliff as prime examples of how technique, use of fresh imaginative ingredients and the love for proper Mexican cookery should be plated.                Continue reading

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Bombay Chowpatty For A Delicious Chaat

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You may have seen the word ‘chaat’ before, and if you are familiar with the Indian term, then you know you are blessed. Chaat refers to the little snacks often served roadside in stalls or food carts. Typically a vendor will specialize in one type of chaat, often starting with pieces of dough and vegetables. Almost all certainly vegetarian or vegan in nature. One of the more popular places in India to find chaat is along the boardwalk at Chowpatty beach in Mumbai, India. Here you will find many many shrines to the Hindu gods, and is the place of one of the largest Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations. There are also plenty of chaat stalls to be found. Think of chaat as more of recreation and celebration than of fine dining.   Continue reading

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Take Flight to El Tesoro del Inca

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Peru is the epicenter for much that we enjoy today. The simple potato has its origins to the Andes and nearly every potato found worldwide can be traced back to Peru. The humble peanut made its way to Africa via the Spaniards, and vast variety of corn stems from the region. One variety of corn is an inedible purple kernel that the natives to Peru make into a sweet drink called chicha morada which can be found at a local restaurant, El Tesoro del Inca.

We stopped into El Tesoro recently after being tipped off to its whereabouts. It sounds so secretive, but when you check the restaurant out you will see what we mean. It is a bit hidden in a small shopping center off Beltline in Irving. If you are not paying much attention you will miss the spot altogether.       Continue reading

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