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Belly And Trumpet’s Brian Zenner Captured The Sea

belly1by Steven Doyle

Chef Brian Zenner is an interesting soul of a chef, and it plays out well on his plates. Born in Thailand, but also lived in Dubai and London, gives this chef a well rounded perspective on how we should be dining. The chef sharpened his skills working in Portland and in Austin before making his way to Dallas where he had a stint at the Mansion on Turtle Creek just before being recruited as Chef de Cuisine at Oak under Jason Maddy. Zenner finally landed his own exec position at Belly and Trumpet. It is at Belly that the man displays his talent, and we are all better for this.

This past weekend Zenner entertained a packed house to a Sea to Table dinner, which consisted of eleven courses, not counting a pastry course by Oak chef Lucia Merino. The night sizzled with excitement as each course was hand delivered; you could hear a strong buzz among the crowd which was suddenly silenced and replaced with the soft clink of forks hitting plates.     Continue reading

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McKinney Ave Sfuzzi Closes Tomorrow

IMG_4749by Steven Doyle

With the new year we will be seeing plenty of new dining options and watering holes spring up, and that is nothing but pure excitement for those of us at craveDFW. But with the good news also comes closures. Yesterday we were sent word that Sfuzzi would be shuttering January 1, 2014 with a hint of a possible return in the very near future. This all amid the discussion of bankruptcy centering around one of the principles, Robert Colombo and parent company, La Reve Consultants. Most of the discussion was hazed with inaccuracies, but what stood out as fact is that Sfuzzi’s last stand is tonight.

What I will personally miss most  is the bacon and egg pizza pictured above.    Continue reading

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Check Out The New Cocktail Menu At Quarter Bar

travis6by Travis Baugh

The Quarter Bar in Uptown on McKinney has a classy atmosphere but still retains a casual feel. Inspired by the owners love for French Quarter of New Orleans, this massive bar is filled with antique couches and lamp shades, restored tables and chandeliers. The walls are lined with old paintings and memories of nights past. Every room in The Quarter inspires feelings of the decadent  saloons of New Orleans in the 19th century with a red felt pool table up stairs and an enclosed patio downstairs, while still being modern with giant connect four and touch screen juke boxes. Even the new cocktail list is reminiscent of New Orleans’s; from the Voodoo Queen to bar manager Stacy Taylor’s favorite the Frozen Cherry Limeade, all the new cocktails are great for summer.     Continue reading

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Booze Pops Are Back At Quarter Bar

booze popby Steven Doyle

The lads and lasses at the Quarter Bar on McKinney Ave in Dallas Uptown know how insanely hot it is about to become. If these early 90 degree weather days aren’t foreshadowing enough, check out the reprise of these massive Booze Pops they create each year.

This is patio lingering material if I have ever seen one.  Buy a handful for your friends for just $6 each. Jump for the flavors.     Continue reading

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First Look: Pozo Mercado

 

DSC07681by Steven Doyle

Tonight Pozo Mercado opens its doors to entertain the dining and sipping set on McKinney Avenue. The new venture from La Reve, the same folks who run Sfuzzi and Standard Pour, has some really nice Mexican food set in the gorgeous old house that was formerly St John’s Wood. And late at night they rock that house with cool tunes and superb cocktails.

When looking to the cocktail menu, think Bryan McCullough from Standard Pour which is situated exactly next door to Pozo. As president of the Bartender’s Guild, he is one of the most respected and talented cocktailers in Dallas. Some amazing drinks are being poured at Pozo, along with a boozy flight of frozen drinks that are every bit as creamy as they are dreamy. Normally we would abstain from frozen drinks due to their inane ability to cause brain breeze, but also for their undesired lack of alcohol. Not the case here. Proceed with caution.   Continue reading

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The Corner Bar Is Adding A Fine Dining Component

DSC06417by Steven Doyle

Steve and Brandy Spence met each other in their fourth year at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. He always knew he wanted to own his own restaurant and went to the CIA to get the total understanding of how restaurants work. Brandy, on the other hand, wanted to be a surgeon and was pre-med at the University of Texas in Austin when the restaurant bug bit her. She went to her father and claimed she wanted to be a chef. Being the good father, he helped her find the best culinary school in the United States.   Continue reading

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Belly & Trumpet Opens Feb 12

SONY DSCby Steven Doyle     photos by Joy Zhang

Been watching the former Bowery space on McKinney Avenue? It is now transitioning into a new restaurant the owners call Belly & Trumpet. Oak owners Richard & Tiffanee Ellman are teaming up once again with John Paul Valverde (who recently opened Outpost American Tavern in Oak Cliff) to create their take on small plates and they are bringing in big guns for the back of the house.

Look for Brian Zenner to take lead role as executive chef. Zenner most recently was chef de cuisine at Oak and worked at the Mansion on Turtle Creek. Zenner is bringing in another young gun from the Mansion, Rudy Mendoza who has been working at the upscale hotel restaurant since the Tesar era.  Continue reading

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