The heart of the home, the place where everyone gathers – we all know it as the kitchen. On November 1, that evolves into Kitchen, a new mini food hall and takeout market concept from Dallas restaurateur Scott Jones. While concepts may rotate from time to time, Kitchen launches with Jack’s Modern Southern Kitchen and Dallas Meatball Kitchen as its first two featured menus. Kitchen is located at 6041 Oram in East Dallas and offers dining, takeout and delivery options for those who crave the taste of homemade.
“We want people to come in and congregate, and enjoy a variety of things,” said Jones, who is well known for creating acclaimed concepts such as Screen Door, Gourmet a Go-Go and the reboot of the beloved Dallas Italian restaurant, Café Italia. “This has all the warm feelings of being in your mom’s kitchen, but no one is offended if you just eat and run.”
Upon opening, Kitchen will include Jack’s Modern Southern Kitchen, featuring classics from the southern fast casual menu that was such a big hit from its former location on Greenville Ave. The deliciousness is back, starting with Chicken in a Dumplin’, Jack’s signature biscuit dough rolled out and stuffed with roasted chicken and veggies, browned and finished in a chicken jus, served with more roasted chicken, braised carrots and green peas. There will also be southern classics Jones is known for such as Shrimp & Grits, Roasted Chicken Pot Pie, Sunday Pot Roast as well as a full Mac & Cheese menu. And then there are the biscuits that made Jack’s famous: jalapeno bacon and cheddar, classic buttermilk, sundried tomato, basil and mozzarella, cheddar and chive, and slathered in your choice of gravies: black pepper cream, truffle mushroom, brisket gravy or Jimmy’s Italian sausage gravy. Top it with a fried egg and start or end your day in the most perfect way.
The second concept within Kitchen is Dallas Meatball Kitchen, a meatball-centric concept that pays full homage to this Italian staple. There will be classics, such as the all-beef meatball, as well as unique culinary treats like smoked chicken meatball with a cilantro poblano cream sauce on a Tuscan white bean ragu. Other meatballs to tempt your palate and tickle your tastebuds are buffalo chicken meatballs over polenta fries, topped with spicy giardiniera and blue cheese; turkey meatballs in a bourbon marsala mushroom sauce over creamy cheese grits; and Thanksgiving meatballs, turkey meatballs wrapped in cornbread dressing, rolled in panko and deep-fried, then served over buttermilk mashed potatoes alongside jalapeno cranberry sauce. Pasta creations, baked dishes and other soul-satisfying creationssuch as Brisket Lasagna and Sweet Potato Lasagna.
Diners will love the mid-century modern aesthetic of Kitchen. Wide wood plank black and white flooring, natural wood accents, cool lighting and pops of yellow make for a bright and welcoming space. Guests order from the counter, where they will find menus for both Jack’s Modern Southern Kitchen and Dallas Meatball Kitchen. To complement the tasty fare, Kitchen will offer aqua frescas and mocktails, in addition to watermelon punch, fresh-squeezed lemonade and iced tea with flavored simple syrups.
Kitchen will have a takeout market featuring creations from the food hall concepts. Prepared entrees, casseroles, sides, dips and soups, as well as fresh, inventive salads, make dinner a snap. Have a little one in tow? Complimentary afternoon snacks for the kiddos allow mom or dad to easily shop for dinner. If you need a little something else to take home, Kitchen’s market will stock dried goods such as biscuit mixes, crackers, cookies, biscotti, granola and granola bars, soups sauces, sides and entrees, including casseroles.
Want to feature Kitchen in your own kitchen? A full catering menu makes it easy to put together a party of any size. From a full appetizer menu to hot buffets, you can simply place your order and the rest is taken care of by Kitchen’s culinary team.
Kitchen opens Oct. 30 at 6041 Oram in Dallas. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 am. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Connect with Kitchen online.