Tag Archives: John Tesar

It’s A Bad Week To Be A Reality Chef And A Critic

Pepinby Steven Doyle

This might be a bad week to be a chef, or a chef’s critic, depending on which side of the kitchen stadium you are sitting.  The week began with a column penned by Jacques Pepin where he took a major chunk of reality chefs to task. Although not mentioned directly, much of the hullabaloo seemingly took Gordon Ramsay, king of the F-Bomb, to task.

The information that Pepin laid out was lined with a heart-felt indignation over the fact that on these programs chefs demoralize their staff, something that is hardly done in reality. Pepin went on to say in his article, “For the good of his or her restaurant, the chef should be a role model, an educator who probes and advises his cooks”.    Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Steven Doyle

Lobster Sunday Starts On Mother’s Day At Spoon

lobsterby Steven Doyle

Starting Mother’s Day, John Tesar at Spoon will be kicking off a weekly lobster bake featuring and 1.5 pound lobster served with steamer clams with broth and drawn butter, heirloom creamer potatoes, house made kielbasa and tomato salad. Desserts from Executive Pastry Chef David Collier will change weekly and seasonally.

Lobster Sunday will continue each week at a cost o $55 per person plus tax and gratuity. Wine is not including, but pairings will be available from Spoon’s sommelier.   Continue reading


Filed under Steven Doyle

Tesar Gives You A Knuckle Sandwich For Lunch

IMG_2915by Steven Doyle

I know we recently chatted up the lunch service at Spoon Bar and Kitchen, but after a visit this afternoon just before the rains drifted in and out of the area I relished with a few friends at the beautiful little restaurant in Preston Center.

There were a few items I needed to taste, and one I wolf a full portion. The last time I was in was for a media tasting and one of my table mates ordered the ramen, so I went in a different direction. As we discussed at our table today, there can be no wrong orders since everything is perfectly delicious. But I wanted a whole bowl of that ramen. Continue reading


Filed under John Tesar, Lunch Bunch

Chef Tesar in Gotham This Weekend For James Beard Dinner

tesarby Steven Doyle

Chef John Tesar is taking his breath-taking restaurant, Spoon Bar and Kitchen on the road this week. For those fortunate enough to be in New York tonight, you have an opportunity to dine with Tesar at the James Beard House where he has planned a hella good menu which samples much of his Spoon menu coupled with plenty of champagne.

For more information, check out the James Beard House webby. Check out the food and pairings for tonight.   Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under James Beard House, Steven Doyle

This Week on craveRADIO: May 5

05_2013_05_Crave_Radio_Tesar-8928by Steven Doyle     photos by Robert Bostick

This week on craveRADIO we hosted Top Chef and owner of Spoon Bar and Kitchen  in Dallas, John Tesar. Tesar always makes for a good guest as he is never short on conversation. This proved for a lively first hour before he had to run off to his cheffing gig at the restaurant.

Tesar talked about his early days in New York, which of course included plenty of Bourdain spills, along with how he made the journey to Texas.   Continue reading

1 Comment

Filed under Chef Interview, craveRADIO, Steven Doyle

Tesar Rolls Out Lunch And Brunch At Spoon And It Is Breathtaking

tesarby Steven Doyle

Chef John Tesar will debut lunch and brunch service at his four-star seafood restaurant in Dallas’ Preston Center, Spoon Bar & Kitchen, on Sunday, May 12th. Kicking off with a special Mother’s Day brunch menu, Spoon will open for weekday lunch and Sunday brunch. Earlier this week Tesar opened his doors at noon for a special media tasting, and we have some good news: Spoon is just as good during the day as it is in the evening.

For brunch, expect to see dishes that highlighting fresh, sustainable seafood such as smoked salmon and caviar omelet, soft shell crab BLT, and orange dusted lobster and olive oil-poached artichokes.  The lineup will also include some non-fish dishes such as eggs royal, steak and eggs, and hazelnut brioche French toast with Irish bacon and Vermont maple syrup.   Continue reading


Filed under restaurant news, Steven Doyle

Tesar: Clean And Balanced

AZDSC00943by Melissa Robert    photos by Joey Stewart

Even on a Tuesday night, Spoon Bar and Kitchen is packed with patrons enjoying one of the most anticipated restaurants to open in Dallas last year. The sustainable seafood eatery in Preston Center has the perfect location to compliment the intimate dining experience you’ll feel once you are seated. The lights are dim, the pale aqua tones of the interior are calming and the bar is surprisingly large for the space. Ipads are distributed to assist diners in navigating the wine list but the staff is great at providing suggestions to anyone that is on the fence.

The dining room seats about 60 and I’m quite sure I had the best seat in the house, the bar top facing the kitchen. The Spoon kitchen operates seamlessly. John Tesar, Executive Chef, is nothing short of a conductor leading his orchestra to a symphony of plated perfection. The menu reminds me of being in a candy store as a child; there are enticing items I’ve never had before and I want to try everything.          Continue reading


Filed under chefs, Crave, Joey Stewart, Melissa Robert, Seafood