by Steven Doyle
Class is almost in session at the West Village’s newest gastropub, Public School 214, which will be opening doors to the public on Thursday, January 29th at 11 AM. In additional this opening news, they have announced Public School 972, which is headed to the Addison area in fall 2015. This past weekend we had a chance to sample much of the fare at PS 214 at a pre-opening dining event hich gave us some perspective in what you have waiting for you when you come in to try the new restaurant, and you will want to come in for a tasting.
The menu at Public School exploits only the hottest trends in food and booze. So you can be sure to find a crazy good version of chicken and waffles, with their tower high plateful secured by several waffles made in house using a cornbread batter, with bits of corn, cheese and green chiles. This was served with a side of red-eye gravy for an extra kick. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
Chef Roe DiLeo has this amazing talent for not only cooking, but making her patrons extremely happy. This is what she is doing as not only the chef at the new Henry’s Majestic in Uptown Dallas, but also as the general manager. This melding of front and back of the house is not entirely common, but DiLeo seems to manage with grace. It is the same grace we witnessed on her recent television gig when she appeared on the current season of Hell’s Kitchen (season 13) where she made it to the top five of all the chefs.
While filming Hell’s Kitchen there was a particular task of making a steak dish, which was judged by Chef Ramsay, along with guests Bruce Simon and Todd Simon, the owners of Omaha Steaks. Each dish would be judged by its appearance, and eaten only if they felt the dish looked favorable. DiLeo’s dish passed the appearance test, and eventually she won the contest with not one, but two steaks she had plated. Never challenge a chef from Dallas when it comes to beef. Continue reading
by Andrew Chalk
So said Archimedes, apparently while in the bath, although it is not generally considered to be an anatomical reference. In the modern context, Eureka! is a new eatery, open only about a month, in the new Uptown development 3700M (so named because of its address on McKinney Avenue).
It occupies the highly visible slanted corner facing busy Blackburn and McKinney so we expected it to be discovered quickly. Shrewdly, our media event had been planned for what turned out to be the coldest night thus far in 2015, 28℉, which made concurrent temperatures in Stockholm (37℉) look OK and London, at 52℉, positively balmy. Plus, it was a Wednesday, so we figured we would have our pick of plum tables. Fat chance! The place was packed, and there was even a line. Twenty and thirty somethings had braved the cold to down the food that we were about to discover. Additional customers appeared every few minutes to pick up takeout orders (a bravery award to the bearded guy in the blue t-shirt). Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
Nestled on the corner Travis and Knox, Little Katana quietly serves up sushi and Korean dishes to neighborhood patrons who pack the house all through the week. Monday is the perfect day to acquaint yourself with this little gem as it is half price sushi rolls and bottles of wine and sake. For the uninitiated, you may wish to start your dinner with the sampler platter which includes Crab Tempura, Seared Ahi Tuna, Shrimp and Lump Crab Cake and Coconut Shrimp Tempura served with an Asian Slaw.
Particularly enjoyable on the appetizer side of the men are several hot rocks where the guest becomes the cook, sizzling bits of Kobe steak or thin slices of Maine lobster. Both are served with a spread of delicious sauces. Other apps you may wish to check out are the Shumai which are steamed and packed with flavor. Often you will find these dumplings rubbery, but Katana’s version are soft and supple. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
Henry’s Majestic has a funny, quirky name, but starting tomorrow guests will enjoy some serious eats and drinks from this new restaurant that will be cheffed and managed by Roe DiLeo. This New Jersey native created a name for herself locally as the chef at The Libertine Bar and was most recently at Boulevardier in Bishop Arts, and also is currently appearing as a contestant on TV’s Hell’s Kitchen.
The rustic interior gives off a relaxing feel, much like it has in its past incarnations at 4900 McKinney Avenue. But this is a fresh start for the building with some pretty amazing talent that has been assembled to operate the restaurant including Alex Fletcher who is managing the bar program. Fletcher is a recognizable name on the Dallas craft cocktail scene and his work at Victor Tango’s earned him the reputation as one of the best bartenders in Dallas. Fletcher also crafted his skills at The People’s Last Stand.
Just sample his Headless Manhattan made up of pumpkin infused whiskey, amaro, bitters and pumpkin seed. You will be convinced. Fletcher also offers a very well rounded brew selection.
Hundreds of party guests celebrated the grand opening on 3700M’s resort-inspired rooftop pool terrace, with unobstructed views of the downtown Dallas skyline. Models rotated between platforms, previewing fashions from West Village clothing retailers Rye 51, Banana Republic, Epic Apparel, Q Clothier, LF and Abi Ferrin. Mixologists from Parliament created artisanal cocktails, while Houndstooth Coffee played barista. Gourmet eats were provided by Baboush and Sushi Zushi, and DJ Sober played music throughout the evening, completed by a surprise fireworks finale. Private tours of 3700M apartments and amenities were available for all guests.
“West Village is in the heart of Uptown, one of the most popular areas of Dallas,” said Neal Sleeper, president of Cityplace Company. “We’ve seen a high interest in the retail space developing on the ground floor of 3700M, and we expect to fill up retail by late spring 2015.” Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
Last month Uptown’s Ketchup Burger Bar took on a new patina replete with a name and menu revamp. The popular burger haunt located at 3208 N Hall, just off McKinney Avenue, now has a sleek sexy atmosphere along with a fun bar menu made up of burgers and wings, along with the new name The Sir. The restaurant is still owned by Yaser Khalaf (Souk, Baboush), and is now joined in partnership with brothers Niko and J.D. Ybañez and their friend Ben Scott, a recent contestant on television’s “Bachelor in Paradise”.
The consulting chef is Souk’s Norman Grimm who was looking for a great product at a very affordable price point. The burgers range from a simple cheeseburger, loaded with some pretty terrific bread and butter pickles, to a more outrageous PB&J version with peanut butter and jelly along with bacon and jalapenos. Sounds a bit out there, but excellent in its execution. There is also a loaded burger with a fried egg, and seriously eggs are the perfect burger condiment, apple smoked bacon and fried onion rings. Continue reading