by Steven Doyle
If you’re in the mood for a pizza quickie, look no further than Project Pie, which debuted its first Dallas-area location September 29. Project Pie, known for everyday artisan pizza custom-built by you, will offer a build-your-own-pizza experience with the newest restaurant located at 6030 Luther Lane in Dallas.
Project Pie does the pizza quickie well – every custom-built pizza is cooked in two minutes in a high-temperature, stone-hearth oven and served to guests in less than five minutes from the time of their order. Step inside Project Pie and guests will find a wide variety of toppings to build their own pizza. Each creation is the same price, whether it includes two toppings or 26. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
Genaro Silva’s namesake restaurant Genaro’s closed yesterday. The restaurateur delivered pretty terrific food dating back to the 1980’s with such restaurants as Genaro’s Tropical, Moctezuma’s and Garmo’s . His latest restaurant served up insanely delicious seafood and Tex Mex with a bent on Yucatan-style food. Continue reading
If you like smoked meats and smokin’ tunes, get ready for Smoked Dallas. This is the first of what is promised to be an annual event for Dallas which will feature “deliciously curated music and BBQ festival” and will take place on October 4, 2014 at Main St. Gardens in downtown Dallas, TX.
“More than meats the eye,” Smoked Dallas is “a unique barbeque and music festival,” says event coordinator Tami Thomsen. “It’s meant to take the best of traditional BBQ fests but add a twist, the inclusion of celebrated area chefs and restaurants doing their take on BBQ in the heart of downtown Dallas.”
Smoked’s edible offerings will be prepared by 15 traditional pitmasters and celebrated chefs doing their take on barbeque. Among the participating BBQ joints are Lockhart’s Smokehouse (Dallas,TX,) Black’s Barbecue (Lockhart, TX), Cousin’s Bar-B-Q (Fort Worth, TX), Hutchins BBQ (McKinney, TX), Schmidt Family Barbecue (Bee Cave, TX), and Stanley’s Famous Pit Bar-B-Q (Tyler, TX). If that list reads like a who’s who among Texas barbeque joints, it’s because it is – the above mentioned pitmasters are all ranked barbecue champions. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
Last month Uptown’s Ketchup Burger Bar took on a new patina replete with a name and menu revamp. The popular burger haunt located at 3208 N Hall, just off McKinney Avenue, now has a sleek sexy atmosphere along with a fun bar menu made up of burgers and wings, along with the new name The Sir. The restaurant is still owned by Yaser Khalaf (Souk, Baboush), and is now joined in partnership with brothers Niko and J.D. Ybañez and their friend Ben Scott, a recent contestant on television’s “Bachelor in Paradise”.
The consulting chef is Souk’s Norman Grimm who was looking for a great product at a very affordable price point. The burgers range from a simple cheeseburger, loaded with some pretty terrific bread and butter pickles, to a more outrageous PB&J version with peanut butter and jelly along with bacon and jalapenos. Sounds a bit out there, but excellent in its execution. There is also a loaded burger with a fried egg, and seriously eggs are the perfect burger condiment, apple smoked bacon and fried onion rings. Continue reading
by Jon Daniel
The Southside Music Hall is part of the Gilly’s entertainment complex on Lamar Street just southeast of downtown Dallas. It’s a 15 minute walk (about a ½ mile) from the Omni Hotel, and 23 miles from DFW Airport. Despite what the Gilley’s website says, it is not “three blocks” from the Omni. The venue also includes The Loft which is a smaller venue. I’ll review The Loft at a later date. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
The Common Table recently hired a new exec chef who brings plenty of expertise and enthusiasm to the kitchen. Rodman Shields plans to continue showcasing beer and food pairings with an emphasis on creating quality, contemporary, approachable dishes.
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. Continue reading
by Andrew Chalk
This week the 2014 Texas State Fair gets into full swing and one of the attractions is the Wine Garden Presented By Go Texan and Texas Monthly. The web site informs visitors that this “…is a great way to explore Texas-made wines”. I was excited that Texas wines would get such a prominent stage in front of so many potential customers. However, before writing about it, I e-mailed the state fair organizers to confirm that I fully understood the criteria for a wine to be considered a “Texas wine” for this event — the Texas State Fair. Per Federal law, a Texas wine is a wine that is made at least 75% from Texas grapes
The results amazed me. Not only may a wine have 0% Texas grapes to qualify as ‘Texas Made’ for the state fair wine garden, it does not even have to be made in Texas. Someone could buy finished wine on the California bulk market and ship it here in a tanker truck. Then, bottle and label it in Texas (probably with a label that makes it look as though it comes from Texas – cowboys, flags, etc.) and that would meet the criteria for it to be served at the Texas State Fair Wine Garden as a Texas made wine. As long as the seller has a Texas address, it would qualify. These bulk imports with misleading labels damage Texas grape growers and Texas wineries making wine from Texas grapes, as well as misleading consumers. Continue reading