Fork It Over Restaurants will open its newest concept, Ida Claire, an eclectic and unconventional new restaurant that will marry southern classics with influences from around the globe, next month at 5001 Belt Line in Addison.
Ida Claire’s menu will showcase traditional southern dishes, served in an untraditional way with subtle global influences. Blackened Sea Trout will feature ras al hanout, a spice mix from North Africa heavily used in Moroccan cuisine, while the Cast Iron Okra is finished with ponzu, a citrus-based sauce from Japan. A feature item on Ida Claire’s menu will be the biscuit sandwiches, where ingredients are served on top of an enormous buttermilk biscuit. The menu will also boast a selection of sweet treats like the Front Porch Cake, a combination of sweet tea cake, honey mint buttercream and lemon meringue. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
This past January the Apheleia Restaurant Group who owns Oak located in the Dallas Design District announced its partnership with Chef John Tesar. Tesar, of course, owns Knife, the undisputed king of beef in Dallas. A three-time James Beard “Best Southwest Chef” semifinalist and “Top Chef” contestant, Tesar is a restaurateur and chef known for his stylish, modern American cuisine prepared with classic European techniques. His innovative culinary perspective and no-nonsense personality have garnered much acclaim throughout his 20+ years in the restaurant industry.
Oak is renowned for delivering clean and elegant American cuisine. Opened by the Apheleia Restaurant Group in December 2011, Oak has earned rave reviews and was named one of Bon Appétit’s Top 50 Best New Restaurants in 2012. The restaurant is definitely one of the shining gems of the ever growing Dallas culinary scene. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
This week we checked in at Bolsa to visit with the new executive chef Joel Harrington who just returned from a three year gig as kitchen director at Red Rooster in New York. You may recall Harrington from his Dallas past where he served as chef de cuisine at Fearing’s, and exec chef at Stephan Pyles and Charlie Palmer’s. Bringing Harrington back from New York was a major coup for Bolsa as the chef has some major skills as evidenced by his new menu at the Oak Cliff restaurant. Continue reading
Steve Shin, with his sister and brother-in-law, chefs Sandy (a private chef for ten years) and Greg Bussey (most recently executive chef at The Joule Hotel and Victor Tangos), announce the Lowest Greenville Avenue location of bbbop Seoul Kitchen will open to the public on Monday, April 20th . Located at 2023 Greenville Avenue and Bell Street – this second location is the result of Shin and Bussey’s evolved concept with new, elevated recipes as well as design.
Bbbop, derived from the word bibimbap (a Korean dish literally meaning mixed up rice), is a fast-casual concept that offers Korean comfort foods and inspired dishes in a casual and comfortable setting. The inspiration for the new restaurant design was a Korean peasant kitchen. It is a modern rustic design with several different types of wood and textures, repurposed iron pipes, industrial lighting made of stone bowls and kimchii jars, metal, concrete and more. The wood tables were handcrafted by Martin Hironaga, a friend of the owners – no two tables are alike. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
For more than a few years David Anthony Temple, or Chef DAT as he is sportingly known, has been the undisputed king of the underground dinner party. The chef has been mixing up long weekends of these intimate dining excursions featuring only what is local and fresh to the huzzahs of an ever-growing following. More recently DAT has taken that concept and formed it into a more permanent restaurant in the very digs where he often dabbled. Twenty-Seven is a culmination of those years of development, and I am personally pleased with what we found this past weekend. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
In the world of appetizers it takes quite a bit to excite me. Beyond the typical fare you might see on the top side of the menu such as calamari, deviled eggs and a plethora of hackneyed charcuterie plates, I am always happy to set sites on a fantastic bit of foie torchon after having actually attempted to create my own in the past. I can appreciate the labor intensive subtleties of a great torchon and will go out of my way to order one when spotted.
That said, it is difficult to find an exemplary set of appetizers on a menu. This is not a blanket indictment of every menu found in Dallas, just a slight generalization. You see, it is often times I am not in for a full meal deal, but rather a glass of beer or wine and a few starters while perched at a restaurant’s bar. So you can imagine my happiness when I first gazed upon Jon Stevens’ menu at Stock and Barrel in the Bishop Arts District for the first time. There was a bit of elation, actually. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle photos by Joey Stewart
Our roving contributing photographer, Joey Stewart has been busier than ever hitting up the area’s finest sushi digs in Dallas. Today we visit Tei Tei Robata Bar on Henderson which is definitely one of our favorites.
Tei Tei was opened in 1998 by Teiichi Sakurai who is also the owner of Tei-An. Both are highly praised by local critics as Teiichi is the best at his craft. Teeich sold Tei Tei more recently to his chef, Katsutoshi Sakamoto, but you can spot the former owner sitting at the robata bar on any given night. Continue reading