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Dallas Chop House Aging Well

Surf & Turfby Steven Doyle  photos by Joey Stewart

Opening in 2010, the Dallas Chop House patio and restaurant have been a wonderful catalyst for growth and revitalization, bringing fresh and continued exciting energy to the street level at St. Paul and Main.

The wall of cedar in the restaurant features branding of local civic, business and community charitable leadership who have enjoyed special events at Dallas Chop House.    Continue reading

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Eat Me: Soft Shell Crab at Stock and Barrel

SONY DSCby Steven Doyle

We are still in full swing soft shell crab season, and this is a good thing. Better restaurants and seafood hubs are flying in fresh, live soft shells ready for frying. Blue crabs are most common. The tender beasts shed their shells this time of year and make ready for a newer, larger shell leaving them vulnerable for my plate. Fortunately, the season can last as late as September.

If you find soft shells at one of your favorite fishmongers, and please avoid department stores which might offer a mealy previously frozen version, they should already be prepped for frying. Generally we enjoy a simple toss in seasoned flour and they are ready to be pan fried. Deep fried is acceptable but the pan version seems to carry more flavor.   Continue reading

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Chef Graham Dodds at Urbano Cafe for One Evening

28_2013_04_Crave_Radio_Dodds-3830by Steven Doyle

We had a chance to chat with chef Graham Dodds recently who is taking a breather after closing Wayward Sons on Greenville. Dodds is taking this time to consult and do some fun pop-up dinners which can always be an exciting way for any chef to express themselves on the plate.

We wanted you to know about another fun event coming up at Urbano Cafe on their lovely space located outside in the back of the restaurant. Graham Dodds will serve his signature farm-to-table fare as our guest chef on Monday, June 5 at 7 p.m.   Continue reading

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Lovers Seafood Chef Aaron Staudenmaier Popping Up at Texas Ale Project


Food and beer fans, rejoice. On May 31, Lovers Seafood and Market is popping up at Texas Ale Project for a special one-night dinner. Executive Chef Aaron Staudenmaier will be cooking up four delicious  courses, while the beer wizards at Texas Ale Project select the perfect pairing for each. Served in the brewery’s tap room, it will be a fun night—perfect for groups of friends, casual dates and anyone looking to enjoy the final hours of May.   Continue reading

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Eat Me: The Whole Fish at Top Knot

top4by Steven Doyle

A visit to Top Knot reaped plenty of dining rewards. This is a fantastic casual and more playful version of its downstairs sister restaurant, Uchi. The menu is fun, with stunning presentations from chef Angela Hernandez.

Hernandez has a Korean mother and Mexican father, so it was not uncommon for frijoles and kimchi to share space at her childhood dinner table, thus laying the groundwork for a love of the blend of cultural influences in food.     Continue reading

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Five Sixty Hosted A Beautiful Vintage Champagne Dinner

DSC01042by Steven Doyle

Last evening Wolfgang Puck’s Five Sixty hosted the most fabulous evening at their vintage champagne dinner which feature some exclusive bottles from Lanson Champagne.

We particularly enjoyed pairings that played well by Five Sixty wine director Ian Kostrzewski with dishes from both executive chef Jacob Williamson and executive sushi chef Hiroyuki Fujino.  Continue reading

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An Evening Under The Stars At Urbano

DSC00984by Steven Doyle

Keeping up with chef Misti Norris can be a full time career with all her pop-ups , appearances and consulting work she seems to be getting, and this is all a good thing. Last evening we caught up with the young and talented chef behind what used to be Tom Spicer’s garden and now is a playground for the owners of Urbano Cafe, Kristen and Mitch Kauffman.

The Kauffman’s run an extremely fun and interesting restaurant that is Urbano. It is there you dine in close quarters in what has become the best BYOB restaurant in Dallas. The food is ever changing and seasonal, which is always delicious. And the atmosphere makes for interesting conversation and often meeting new friends. With this comes the sharing of wine, laughter and one beautiful evening of wining and dining that is often overlooked in our city.   Continue reading


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