In just a matter of two weeks Dallas will see a new restaurant on the scene located just to the west of Preston on Frankford that will serve breakfast, brunch and lunch called Coffee House Café. You may have seen the construction over the past few moths at the large building that was formerly a series of Tex Mex restaurants, and the new owner is happily setting up her happy kingdom that should rule the for a long time to come.
Single mom Carrie Kelleher is new to the restaurant industry but she has gone to extreme lengths to ensure her success. First, she bought the building. Then Kelleher went to industry leaders to develop menus and learn the business from the back of the house perspective. We actually met her while testing dishes at the Milestone Culinary Center many months ago.
Her background is impressive, working in corporate America and in the non-profit sector as well as an adjunct professor at UTD but has always had a desire to be in hospitality.
Wanting a large focus on coffee Kelleher will use a post roast blend from three continents that is an organic and fair trade bean and is extremely difficult to find.
“It’s time to bring coffee up to our century and there is a large disparity with farmers and child labor with America’s favorite beverage, so our goal to donate a percentage to Coffee Kids that builds schools in these third world farming communities. The system is not perfect, but at least it moves the bar in the right direction,” said Kelleher as she made me a perfect latte.
More recently Kelleher hired executive chef Rockow who could be found at Rex’s Seafood Market for the past five years. Together the pair have been working to put together a stellar kitchen, ordering some of the best equipment which also includes the La Marzocco Strada and the Victoria Adonis by Nuova Simonelli , two rare handmade Italian espresso machines that would bring any self-respecting barista to tears.
Being green and earth-friendly is fantastic, but the daily business will ultimately fall into the hands of the menu itself, and Rockow was kind enough to make a few surprise dishes for us yesterday afternoon following our tour of the nearly constructed building.
One of the interesting aspects to the menu will be the variety of food available. I was told there would be numerous Benedicts including this Chicken Apple Sausage Hash with its perfectly Poached Egg and Chipotle Hollandaise. Available in full and half orders for the lighter diner, or you may mix and match half orders for larger tastes.
The Baja Seared Fish Tacos with a spicy Remoulade were some of the best fish tacos I have sampled outside of California, and I didn’t get sand between my toes.
Other dishes that Rockow plans to offer Dallas diners is a really great burger made with Akaushi beef. If you are not familiar with the product, think Wagyu or Kobe, but even more pronouned in flavor and rarity.
The restaurant also has a cool (as in temperature) covered patio that is functional year-round and sports a fireplace. We visited in the heat of the afternoon when it was over 100 degrees outside, but the patio was a welcome relief to the blaze that hit us outside.
Look for a great breakfast, lunches with a promise of deliveries and a destination brunch with live music for the city from these ambitious people at the Coffee House Cafe. They are also developing a cocktail menu, working with local cocktail experts to make sure they are up with all the latest bar tricks, but Rockow will also have a hand in the development.
We will be following up on the opening and more menu items very soon.Coffee House Cafe 6150 Frankford Rd, Dallas 469-248-0554