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 pets 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 and 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
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
by Steven Doyle
There are chefs that go on quietly about their business, executing great menus and revealing their talents, passion and a certain playfulness in their kitchens. Rodman Shields is such a chef. Recently, Shields accepted the position as executive chef and general manager of The Common Table in Uptown Dallas. This is the hot spot that serves up an superior selection of beer from around the world, and has always offered an excellent meal as a supplement.
Originally from Orlando, Executive Chef Rodman Shields was lured into the culinary world when his passion for this industry and for food was recognized at an early age watching his grandmother, a great cook of southern cuisine. Prior to college, Shields apprenticed at Interlachen under William Wolf, member of the 1994 Gold Medal winning Culinary World Cup in Luxembourg. Shields went on to study the culinary arts at Johnson & Wales University in Charleston, South Carolina, one of the more respected halls for learned chefs. Continue reading
by Andrew Chalk
In 1964, Joe Jansen bought a 15 by 20 foot Greenville Avenue liquor store named Goo Goo and changed its name to Goody Goody (in order to save the cost of buying a new sign). This month, Goody Goody is celebrating the company’s 50th anniversary at each of its 21 locations throughout Dallas, Houston and Longview. It is the oldest liquor store chain still owned and run by the founder, and has grown to annual revenue of $250 million. In the Dallas market, Goody Goody (including its wholesale business) is the largest liquor store chain.
I have bought a lot of wine at Goody Goody and always regarded them as a great source of bargains. At the same time, I have also found the company idiosyncratic. For example, look at its web site. What a sorry excuse for an e-commerce channel. Or consider the sea change of Dallas (1,3m people), Plano (275,000 people), Lewisville (101,000 people) and Arlington (380,000 people) all going “wet” in the past four years. Why no flurry of new stores? Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
As NTX Beer week continues, last night was definitely a gem in its hat as two beloved breweries came together and made magic happen along with the boys at LUCK in Trinity Groves.
The dinner was nothing short of breath taking, as LUCK understands beer and pairings extremely well. Each course met with a different beer, culminating to a collaborative brew of both Rahr and Lakewoods making. The meeting of beer minds is nothing particularly new to this industry, but it is always a little special when two local breweries, this time one from Dallas the other Fort Worth, come together and make a special kind of love. This particular brew is a Belgian-style dubbel. Balanced, smooth and malty sweet with a hint of spice from the Belgian yeast. Continue reading
Do local Texas craft beers match up to or even surpass the classic beer styles of the world? Guests will have the opportunity to answer this question on the evening of Friday, October 24 at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse during the “Texas vs. the World” Beer Dinner as they sample local favorites and compare them to national and international brews. Special guest Melissa Monosoff, Beer expert and Master Sommelier, will guide guests through this epic showdown between the Lone Star State and the rest of the world. Continue reading
Brewery Ommegang brings its national food and beer pairing competition – HopChef – for the first time to Dallas on November 3rd, 6:30pm – 9:00pm at 3015 at Trinity Groves. HopChef competitions, which have been wildly popular in Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Miami, and Washington DC. for the last several years, is part of the Ommegang’s Great Beer Deserves Great Food program – a national initiative dedicated to the idea that fine beer deserves its rightful place at the table with fine foods.
HopChef Dallas, the kick-off event for 2014 North Texas Beer Week, will bring together Dallas’s top beer-forward chefs under one roof to pair dishes with a variety of Ommegang’s ales and compete for the title of HopChef Dallas 2014. Six beer-forward restaurants and their chefs were selected to participate: Blind Butcher (Oliver Sitrin), Common Table (Rodman Shields), Libertine (Ashley Yancey), Meddlesome Moth (David McMillan), FM Smokehouse (Rick Stewart) and Whiskey Cake (Stan Rodrigues). Continue reading