Big changes are in the works at The Ivy Tavern, as this Dallas favorite debuts a new menu, launches a Sunday dive brunch, and introduces a couple of all-star chefs into the kitchen.
The bar would like to introduce David Rodriguez as its new Executive Chef. Prior to his role at The Ivy Tavern, Chef Rodriguez held a number of Executive Chef positions—most recently at 904’s Kitchen and Cocktails in Denton, and before that, at Oak Cliff’s Urban Acres and Oddfellows. So he’s well-equipped to lead the kitchen team forward as they look to provide an even better dining experience for the bar’s loyal patrons. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle photos by Robert Bostick
Industry Alley opened last evening to a rousing crowd that included the elite of the bartending community, plus plenty of civilian supports wishing to kick off the bar opened by Charlie Papaceno.
We were on the scene to check out the toddling time which included time at the pool tables, dart board and a smattering of retro video games that filled the large back room of Industry Alley. Consider this an adult playground with all the accouterments, including fine cocktails and brews. The new bar does not have a kitchen in house, so takeaway from neighboring restaurants is acceptable. In a show of support Zalat sent out a fleet of pizzas for the crowd to enjoy which was much appreciated. Continue reading
Popular neighborhood bar, The Ivy Tavern kicks-off summer with a fundraiser for local no- kill shelter, Humane Society of Dallas County on Saturday May 16 from 2-6pm. A $10 donation at the door includes your first Deep Eddy Bomb, a tasty cocktail with Deep Eddy Lemon flavored vodka and Yellow Edition Red Bull and two raffle tickets.
Enjoy live music on The Ivy Tavern patio with award-winning Reggae artists Watusi and $5 Deep Eddy Bombs through the duration. To learn more about the Humane Society of Dallas County and to foster, volunteer or adopt, go to their website. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
Chef Brian Zenner has been developing the menu at the next bar to open for the Buffalo and Hare group, which will be On Premise opening soon in Deep Ellum at the former Lemongrass location at 2711 Elm. Zenner will take advantage of the woks and offer Asian street food, which is certainly a popular offering this year. Zenner hired his former Oak sous chef, Ann Marie Romero, who also worked with him at the Mansion on Turtle Creek. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
There is a place, a hidden place, where you can find cold beer, great burgers and incredible live music. This is the place many know as Lee Harvey’s. In its own compound surrounded by barbed wire and a double gate to prevent happy pets from either getting in, or escaping, you will find nothing but great camaraderie and smiles at this hot spot in the Cedars area of Dallas.
The food at Lee Harvey’s is nothing short of splendid, and is made out of a kitchen much smaller than your own at home. The food comes out quickly and perfect every time for a place with such adversity as this small workspace. But that is the only thing small about the bar. The burgers are enormous, clocking in at a half pound and topped with as many ingredients as you might care to savor. The meat is juicy and hand formed, and even though the bun is sturdy the juices make fast play with your ability to manage this monster. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
As of January first the historic, and original sports tavern in North Dallas, the Time Out Tavern (or commonly called The TOT) was sold to Aaron Saginaw from the original owner who is now retired, Kevin McCormack. McCormack purchased the Tavern from the previous owner 26 years ago. The Tavern was originally called the Doll House, which unlike the name might infer was a simple pub owned by Dotty Brown. “It was an old, run down bar with regulars drinking draft beer and a few bottles of whiskey,” said McCormack.
McCormack was originally in the wholesale liquor business, and grew up in the Lovers and Inwood area. He stopped in the bar one afternoon and visited with the owner suggesting that if he threw up some TV’s on the wall and a bit of sports memorabilia, that sport bars would be a big thing in the future. “I said you would have all these people from Highland Park over here,” continue McCormack. The owner of the bar said he didn’t want of those punks from Highland Park coming into the bar. That is when McCormack decided to go into the bar business. 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