A Visit To Cafe Izmir

izmirby Steven Doyle

Cafe Izmir, the tiny restaurant packed with loads of flavor and spirit, is located on Greenville Avenue where diners have enjoyed romantic get-a-ways for decades. The new locations in Plano, downtown and even at the airport still bring in the flavors, but it is the original location that continuously brings me joy.   Continue reading

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Blue Sushi Sake Opening in Dallas Uptown 2017

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Flagship Restaurant Group, based in Omaha, Nebraska, today announced confirmed plans to open its newest Dallas location of Blue Sushi Sake Grill, fall 2017. Located in the Uptown neighborhood at 3230 McKinney Avenue, the restaurant will mark the group’s third Blue location in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area.

Flagship Restaurant Group chief executive officer, Nick Hogan, says the restaurant group has had its sights set on Uptown for a while. “I have no doubt Blue’s lively bar scene and variety of sushi will position Blue as an ideal happy hour and late-night spot for Uptown residents.”   Continue reading

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Chef Gorji Debuts No-Tipping Fine Dining

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The “no-tipping” trend is rapidly taking hold in culinary centers around the country, most notably New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Portland.

The success of No-Tipping lies in its equity for both front and back of the house, says Gorji. Instead of servers relying on the largesse of their customers to compensate for below minimum-wage salaries, servers now know that they will be compensated fairly every night—not just on those busy weekends or feel that they have to upsell items to increase their tips at the end of the night. And no longer will those behind the scenes who are essential in preparing and providing the culinary experience be compensated less than those who serve it.   Continue reading

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Chili CookOff November 20th at Truck Yard

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Mark your calendar for Sunday, November 20th (11:30am – 3pm) and consider skipping breakfast that morning, because Truck Yard is hosting its second annual Chili Cookoff. For three and a half glorious hours, interested parties can stroll about, sampling chili from five of Dallas’s best chefs, drinking beer (a ticket grants you chili samples and two Shiners) and enjoying the conviviality that comes with both.  Continue reading

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University Park Gem New York Sub Alive Again and Going Strong

nys2by Steven Doyle

Sitting in the sub shop for several hours chatting with owner Andrew Kelley in between the many customers who filed in yesterday I was able to glean that this place wasn’t necessarily about  a truly good sandwich.  True, when chef Kelley took over the shop several months ago after it had sat idle for two years he gave the building a facelift ala sledgehammer and ingenuity, but he also took a hard cheffy look at the ingredients it took to build a better sandwich.  But many see New York Sub as a comfortable neighborhood hangout, and a place to meet. Continue reading

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Seafood Shack Still Full of Surprises

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Seafood Shack on Webbs Chapel very near Forest Lane has been a long tradition for lunch, with big flavors that are fairly easy on the wallet. So is true for the newer and prettier version located on Northwest Highway and Marsh Lane. The latter offers a full bar, an airy patio and many more seats.

A recent visit for dinner netted some great finds included what they called fried octopus, which gave us odd visions of a heavy battered fish. Instead, we found the dish to be light with a crispy sautee, punctuated with chunks of onion and tomato. This dish fell supreme on our palate.   Continue reading

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STIRRing Up The Love In Deep Ellum

stirrby Steven Doyle

Deep Ellum is fast becoming a hotbed of  culinary fashion with the advent of new openings that seem to be increasing in speed. The latest opening that gives us cause for a bit of reverie is STIRR located on Main in the space formerly known as Club Clearview. 

Cheffed by Chad Bowden, who made a transition from Culpepper in Rockwall, fits into this concept which implements fire as a component in his cookery. There are some familiar flavors that many in Dallas have never sampled but was part of his arsenal in Rockwall. Having Bowden on this side of the bridge is as welcome as plum pudding on a Christmas morning. For those that have never met chef Bowden, you are in for a playful treat.    Continue reading

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