by Steven Doyle
This past Monday Luis Padilla and his wife Brittny decided to dine at Angry Dog in Deep Ellum. Luis is enrolled as a first year student at Baylor College of Dentistry and the couple live very near the Deep Ellum burger restaurant located on Commerce. As the couple walked to the front door they were approached by a chronically homeless man named Clint who make makes his home near the Deep Ellum restaurant. He panhandles a bit and seemingly sticks to himself. This day he asked the Padilla’s to feed him. Struck with compassion, the couple invite Clint into the restaurant to join them for a warm meal. Luis had heard about the award winning burgers at Angry Dog and was excited to sample them for himself. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
Most of the barbecue loving public in Dallas knows some of the very best exists in the Dallas Farmers Market where you most often must wait in line for several hours to procure the lush brisket and very meaty ribs. It is time well spent communing with fellow passengers on the path to enlightenment. Pecan Lodge is a religious experience.
Word has spread like wildfire that Pecan Lodge is moving into new digs at 2702 Main Street in Deep Ellum. This has two very far reaching effects. First, you will no longer be waiting in line for barbecue (we assume). The new larger space will house far more than just slices of savory brisket, fried chicken and that giant haunch of pulled pork infused sweet potato, the Hot Mess. You will be allowed a beer or cocktail with your ‘cue, and there will be event space for those unruly holiday parties. And the menu will stretch its culinary legs and offer much more than the standard Pecan Lodge fare. Continue reading
by Jennifer Thomas
Tanoshii Ramen + Bar, which is known for their supple ramen and steamed buns, is now serving a selection of Japanese burgers on their lunch menu. The hambāgā, a classic Japanese hamburger, is made with 100% ground beef and topped with sweet and spicy miso chili, fresh tomato, onions and lettuce.
The teriyaki chicken burger is prepared with a chicken thigh cutlet, marinated and glazed with ginger teriyaki and topped with Japanese mint and onion tartar sauce. The vegetarian korokke burger is prepared with a mixed vegetable croquette coated with panko, fried to a golden crisp and topped with fresh wafu-slaw and homemade tonkatsu sauce. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
BBQ is always a source of consternation. Opinions on the perfect rack of ribs or slice of Texas brisket will always weigh heavy for those that love the smoked meats. There is certainly room for everyone in the BBQ field or we would not see the sad chains that dot the dining landscape. That said, I found a wonderful example of brisket last night in Deep Ellum at Work, which has been in business for the past six months. There I met up with managing partner, Shea Comer and pitmaster Doug Pickering.
For Comer, this is his first restaurant. He previously held posts at various restaurants and taverns, usually behind the bar. Like most in the business, Comer had a hankering for a restaurant of his very own. This is where it gets interesting. Comer met up with his new partners who were just looking to own a bar when he suggested a they do both food and booze. Work was born. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
I had a pretty good conversation with Justin Fourton, co-owner and BBQ Magistrate at Pecan Lodge, last week at the conclusion of Meat Fight. We discussed the possibility of Pecan Lodge moving out of its current location at the Dallas Farmers Market. He asked where I thought he was moving to and I said good money was riding on Deep Ellum. He confirmed off the record, and said that it made the most sense. He wanted a venue where he could host large parties and do more with the brand that just shovel out delicious BBQ.
Today we were sent a release from Diane Fourton (Boss Lady), and the cat is now officially out of the bag. Deep Ellum is indeed where Pecan Lodge will move to, making that section of Dallas even stronger. Don’t forget, these guys also make some of the best fried chicken in the state. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle photos by Claire McCormack
Have you caught the ramen fever in Dallas yet? It is not just North Texas, but rather the Northern Hemisphere that is all uppity about ramen. The delicious bowl of love that takes days to prepare and years to perfect has finally hit Deep Ellum, and just in time for cooler climes.
Tenoshii opens today at 5pm for dinner service. Look for lunches very soon. Continue reading