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Flavors of Southern France Permeate New La Madeleine Menu


La Madeleine French Bakery & Café takes guests on a flavor journey through the south of France with its new Provence-inspired menu that celebrates the food and culture of the iconic region during its peak season.  Continue reading

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Eclair Bistro on Historic McKinney Square is a True Gem

Chef_Aaron_Thomas-eclair_bistroby Steven Doyle

First opened in the Cedar Hill area for about five years, French inspired Eclair Bistro moved just off the square in McKinney about six months ago. The restaurant owned by chef Aaron Thomas and his family are excited to be in the area, and are now closer to their family. The new location also gives chef Thomas a fresh perspective on his cooking, and enjoys a new audience for his special brand of plating.

“This is a family run business, and my mother, who is retired, is helping in the kitchen. She is a pitbull of sorts, but does a tremendous job helping with the pastries and such” said Thomas.   Continue reading

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Celebrate Bastille Day at Lavendou July 13-16


Lavendou Bistro Provençal’s culinary creations are presented with gracious service in a setting of warm and charming French countryside décor. Featuring comforting meals to feed the soul with flavor experiences from every region of France, Lavendou’s recipes include classic French and Provençal dishes prepared under the guidance of owner Pascal Cayet and his culinary team, complemented with an extensive list of French and California wines. In addition to lunch and dinner, Lavendou also hosts French High Tea events and offers French cooking classes.  You will also find the very best soufflés’ in Dallas at Lavendou.  Continue reading

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San Antonio Beat: Minnie’s Tavern And Rye House

fritesby Steven Doyle

Yesterday I shared the story of a lovely San Antonio hot spot that is endeared by the locals, Liberty Bar. What I didn’t know at the time was that a tavern I had been to the night before was the previous digs of Liberty and had a rich history you can read about here. The location is now called Minnie’s Tavern and Rye House, and they make some pretty terrific food and cocktails there.

Now owned by Chef Andrew Weissman who began his gastronomic career at the Culinary Institute of America. After graduating at the top of his class, Weissman took his talents to France, where he worked under Chefs Bernard Andrieux and Jacques Thiebeult Andrew. He also worked Restaurant Bernard Andrieux, Hotel de la Poste, and Troisgros in Roanne while making his French tour.

Weissman’s time abroad re-energized his passion for food, which he applied stateside at Manhattan’s Le Cirque 2000. But Weissman’s ultimate food mission brought him back home to San Antonio, where he introduced world-class cuisine to his hometown with the opening of Le Rêve in 2001. With critical acclaim from The New York Times, Forbes Traveler, and Gourmet, along with two James Beard nominations under his belt, Weissman made an indelible mark on the San Antonio culinary scene.     Continue reading


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Chef Ryan Barnett Does Trinity Groves

DSC00097by Steven Doyle

More attention is being heaped on the Trinity Groves area of West Dallas, you know, the future culinary playground on the west side of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. Today Chef Ryan Barnett announced he will be doing one of his signature pop-up dinners at 3015, the first venue to open at Trinity Groves. The pop-up is planned for December 17, 2012 starting at 7:30pm.

Barnett has a passion for French cuisine and has mentioned that he would like to open his own restaurant in Trinity Groves. We will continue to follow the progress there, but for now it is a pop-up bistro he calls Marche.    Continue reading

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First Look: JoJo Eating House and Bar

by Steven Doyle

Being enamored with a restaurant is one of the casualties of what I do. Sometimes it manifests not too unlike a school girl crush. Last night I convinced a group to join me at JoJo Eating House and Bar; it wasn’t a difficult task. After the dining experience I wanted to pull JoJo’s hair and pass her sweet notes with two boxes at the ending: yes or no. She never says no.

This is a First Look post so there is no need to get into all the entanglements, but rest assured JoJo should rate high in any sensible review in the near future.      Continue reading


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JoJo Opens For Biz Nov 19

by Steven Doyle

There has been a little bit of buzz surrounding the soon-to-open restaurant JoJo Eating House & Bar that is being constructed on Howell Street adjacent to the Quadrangle in Dallas. I haven’t seen the menu yet, but it has been described as “approachable Mediterranean menu that represents Spain, Morocco, France and Italy, yet anchored in classic French techniques”.

Chef/Owner Laurent Poupart will open JoJo next Monday, November 19th . By then we should have a proper First ook for you to see the food and new digs.

In a press release sent out today Poupart says that JoJo is a dream come true and that when he arrived in Dallas nearly four years ago he knew this was the city for him.        Continue reading


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