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Getting “Lost” in Maine – One of the hardest reservations to score in the world

Pic 1By Alan Stewart       Photos by Joey Stewart

In early April a reminder on my phone popped up saying “Lost Kitchen.” It was time to send a postcard to the restaurant located in the tiny town of Freedom, Maine, in hopes of getting one of the hardest reservations to score in the world.

Erin French’s highly acclaimed restaurant receives over 20,000 postcards for only a few slots, and all must arrive within a two-week period. No Opentable, phone calls, emails, texts, Facebook or any other ways of requesting a reservation. Snail mail only. The rumor is they’ve singlehandedly kept the local post office afloat. Continue reading

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A New Direction by Up on Knox’s New Chef

Chef Wesby Joey Stewart       photos by Joey Stewart

A month ago we reported that Up On Knox has a new chef, Texas native Chef Wes Whitsell. Wes spent the last fifteen years in fine establishments in New York and LA, but restaurateur Stephan Courseau lured him back to his home state where he instituted a new menu and vision for the bustling hot spot.

Last night we had the opportunity to dine there, and the new dishes are exciting and full of fresh ideas. The menu still offers plenty of seafood, along with salads, pork, and beef, but Chef Wes now sources a large percentage of it from Texas suppliers. Continue reading

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Temaki Fun at Sushi de Handroll

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by Joey Stewart

While not to the extent of the poke craze, handroll bars are becoming quite the thing on the Dallas culinary world. Riding the wave of Namo and Nori Handroll Bar comes a third introduction, Sushi De Handroll, which recently opened at The Hill at Walnut Hill and 75. The restaurant is tucked away from the street, slightly hidden in the beautiful interior courtyard on the backside of Nazca and Snooze.

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The space is brightly lit, especially before sunset when the sunlight can penetrate the large windows that face the courtyard. The eight-seat bar and six tables are built into and around the handroll bar, allowing the chef to deliver them immediately as they are finished to diners surrounding the bar. Continue reading

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Dallas Fish Market Adds Raw Bar

Triptow 1 Editedby Steven Doyle   photos by Joey Stewart

It’s no secret that we are fans of Dallas Fish Market and chef Richard Triptow. He is a master in the kitchen and his dishes are pure art. His culinary experience had him working under three chefs at The Mansion: Dean Fearing, John Tesar, and Bruno Davaillon.

“The kitchen under Fearing was a very competitive environment, and most of what I learned about seafood came from Tesar. He took me under his wing and really taught me the styles and techniques that I still use today. Bruno definitely passed along his French influence to me,” Triptow told us. Continue reading

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Scenes from Cochon555

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by Steven Doyle                                             photos by Joey Stewart

After an epic afternoon feasting on over 1,500 pounds of heritage breed pork raised on family farms, almost 600 guests, including chefs, somms, barkeeps, and notable judges, gathered at Cochon555 Dallas presented by Citi with full glasses to toast the Dallas “Prince of Pork” Chef Bruno Davaillon. Chef Davaillon and his team presented 6 magnificent dishes utilizing 1 whole Hereford-Mangalitsa Cross raised by Chubby Dog Farm. Cochon555 founder, Brady Lowe, bestowed the winning chef with the regional title. Chef Davaillon will represent Dallas at Grand Cochon, the national finale on September 15, 2019 in Chicago. Alongside Chef Davaillon, Stephen Garcia, the head bartender at Bullion, took home the trophy for Punch Kings, Cochon555’s spirit competition. Continue reading

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2018 Chefs for Farmers Success!

Scotsby Steven Doyle    photos by Joey Stewart

If you missed Chefs for Farmers this weekend you missed out on the best food and wine event in Texas. Dozens of chefs are paired up with farmers to help promote their products. And if that is not enough they are also paired with equally as many wineries. But that is not all, you would have found local breweries and distilleries at hand sampling out to your heart’s content. Continue reading

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First Look: Pizzeria Testa Now Open On Greenville AVenue

Bar 1by Steven Doyle

You recall Kirby’s steakhouse across from the Granada on Greenville Avenue, and more recently Wayward Sons the Graham Dodds resto which closed in February of 2017. It is a massive space yet the new tenant moved in a year after a major remodel and plans on being the best pizza inside the loop. I believe you will enjoy this Neapolitan pie. Some of you have tasted it year ago when we chatted about the Frisco location. It is good.

DFW has a smattering of pretty fantastic Neapolitan pizzerias including the the Frisco based  Pizzeria Testa Napoletana Restaurant which is owned by Rod Schaefer. Schaefer’s mother comes from a long line of Italian pizza makers. In fact the Testa family was once considered the royal pizza makers for the King of Naples.   Continue reading

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