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San Antonio Beat: Minnie’s Tavern And Rye House

fritesby Steven Doyle

Yesterday I shared the story of a lovely San Antonio hot spot that is endeared by the locals, Liberty Bar. What I didn’t know at the time was that a tavern I had been to the night before was the previous digs of Liberty and had a rich history you can read about here. The location is now called Minnie’s Tavern and Rye House, and they make some pretty terrific food and cocktails there.

Now owned by Chef Andrew Weissman who began his gastronomic career at the Culinary Institute of America. After graduating at the top of his class, Weissman took his talents to France, where he worked under Chefs Bernard Andrieux and Jacques Thiebeult Andrew. He also worked Restaurant Bernard Andrieux, Hotel de la Poste, and Troisgros in Roanne while making his French tour.

Weissman’s time abroad re-energized his passion for food, which he applied stateside at Manhattan’s Le Cirque 2000. But Weissman’s ultimate food mission brought him back home to San Antonio, where he introduced world-class cuisine to his hometown with the opening of Le Rêve in 2001. With critical acclaim from The New York Times, Forbes Traveler, and Gourmet, along with two James Beard nominations under his belt, Weissman made an indelible mark on the San Antonio culinary scene.     Continue reading

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Chef Ryan Barnett Does Trinity Groves

DSC00097by Steven Doyle

More attention is being heaped on the Trinity Groves area of West Dallas, you know, the future culinary playground on the west side of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. Today Chef Ryan Barnett announced he will be doing one of his signature pop-up dinners at 3015, the first venue to open at Trinity Groves. The pop-up is planned for December 17, 2012 starting at 7:30pm.

Barnett has a passion for French cuisine and has mentioned that he would like to open his own restaurant in Trinity Groves. We will continue to follow the progress there, but for now it is a pop-up bistro he calls Marche.    Continue reading

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First Look: JoJo Eating House and Bar

by Steven Doyle

Being enamored with a restaurant is one of the casualties of what I do. Sometimes it manifests not too unlike a school girl crush. Last night I convinced a group to join me at JoJo Eating House and Bar; it wasn’t a difficult task. After the dining experience I wanted to pull JoJo’s hair and pass her sweet notes with two boxes at the ending: yes or no. She never says no.

This is a First Look post so there is no need to get into all the entanglements, but rest assured JoJo should rate high in any sensible review in the near future.      Continue reading

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JoJo Opens For Biz Nov 19

by Steven Doyle

There has been a little bit of buzz surrounding the soon-to-open restaurant JoJo Eating House & Bar that is being constructed on Howell Street adjacent to the Quadrangle in Dallas. I haven’t seen the menu yet, but it has been described as “approachable Mediterranean menu that represents Spain, Morocco, France and Italy, yet anchored in classic French techniques”.

Chef/Owner Laurent Poupart will open JoJo next Monday, November 19th . By then we should have a proper First ook for you to see the food and new digs.

In a press release sent out today Poupart says that JoJo is a dream come true and that when he arrived in Dallas nearly four years ago he knew this was the city for him.        Continue reading

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