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Smoke’s Plano Location Opens End of December

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Restaurateurs Christopher Zielke, Christopher Jeffers and Executive Chef Tim Byres will join the Plano hospitality community the last week of December. The group, who has received national acclaim for their Oak Cliff neighborhood restaurants and bars (SMOKE, Bar Belmont in The Belmont Hotel, Chicken Scratch and The Foundry), will open an extension of SMOKE, their flagship restaurant the last week of December.

The original SMOKE opened in 2009 on the campus of The Belmont Hotel. Located in the Preston Towne Crossing development at the former Snuffer’s Restaurant & Bar location, SMOKE in Plano will initially open for dinner only, Sunday – Thursday 5 p.m. until 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Now finished with summer-long renovations, the 5,800 square-foot building boasts four private dining areas, a heavily-landscaped outdoor patio, a large sit-down bar and an insulated patio off of the main dining room for year-round use. The interior embodies the same atmosphere and vibe of the original, with a small fireplace, campy-yet-nostalgic Texas artwork and raw, reclaimed wood throughout. Diners have a clear view into the kitchen, with nothing separating them from the action but a low countertop, crafted out of maple planking that once served as a roller rink in Seagoville, Texas. Behind the counter is the crown jewel of the restaurant, a 10-foot custom-designed hearth.   Continue reading

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Chino Chinatown Opens Dec 30

uno and adrianby Steven Doyle

Chef Uno made her long awaited announcement today that she and partner Adrian Verdin plan to open the doors to Chino Chinatown in Trinity Groves December 30th. Determined to open in 2013, Uno has some pretty terrific tastes awaiting her guests. I have personally sampled many of her dishes and you should be prepared to be blown away. Her ramen will curl your toes (think spicy bone marrow butter) and the duck fat fried rice is ridiculously good. There are some very special plans for Sunday dim sum service as well.

Here is the press release sent out this morning.   Continue reading

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Casa Rubia In Trinity Groves Serves Up A Slice Of Spain

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There are a few tapas restaurants in Dallas, but none hold true to the flavor of Spain as much as the new Casa Rubia does in Trinity Groves. The beautiful new restaurant cheffed by Omar Flores with Cody Sharp as sous is cranking out delicious and beautiful plates of authentic flavor.  A recent visit revealed a heavenly paella served in the large paellera that easily serves a hungry gathering of four. Flores now makes what is possibly the best charcuterie board in the city, balanced perfectly on a rough-hewn wedge of wood.

On the menu is a version of Flores’ pulpa, as delicious but different that his octopus at Driftwood. The chef has the dish down pat and is a must order.    Continue reading

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First Look: Battuto Italian Kitchen

DSC06231by Steven Doyle

The Gene and Julie Gates restaurant, Battuto Italian Kitchen, is days away from opening and last night we were invited guests to check out the menu and to soak up the ambiance of the new North Dallas restaurant, and what we found you are going to fall in love with.

We were offered a small variety from the menu which includes house-made pastas, stone-fired pizzas, a variety of interesting salads and one particular entree that you will not care to miss.    Continue reading

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Belly & Trumpet Opens Feb 12

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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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Peak And Elm Update: Opens Feb 8

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Tonight I will be checking out the menu at Peak and Elm Cocina, the new restaurant which is about to open in East Dallas. We broke the story many months ago so perhaps you do not recall all the fun details, you can read that story here. Basically, it is Jesse Moreno Jr opening his first restaurant outside the La Popular concept which is also in east Dallas and sports an outpost in the Dallas Farmers Market.      Continue reading

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Ultra Sneak Peek Into Battuto Italian Kitchen

DSC04918by Steven Doyle

This past weekend I scored an invite to Gene and Julie Gate’s home where they said they were cooking up a few recipes that they will possibly offer at their new restaurant, Battuto Italian Kitchen which opens mid-February in the shopping center at Preston and Frankford.  I broke that story back in September and you can read about that here.

When I arrived I met their opening chef, Gustavo Herrera, who was last seen working at The French Room in Dallas. Gustavo is a man of culinary talents who hails originally from Peru where he met his wife who is a professor at SMU.  In the kitchen Gustavo was busily tossing a pounded chicken breast in a bath of porcini mushroom dust that would eventually be grilled and tossed into a special salad he has concocted. The salad also has grilled Asian pears and strawberries. Delicious.   Continue reading

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