The heart of the home, the place where everyone gathers – we all know it as the kitchen. On November 1, that evolves into Kitchen, a new mini food hall and takeout market concept from Dallas restaurateur Scott Jones. While concepts may rotate from time to time, Kitchen launches with Jack’s Modern Southern Kitchen and Dallas Meatball Kitchen as its first two featured menus. Kitchen is located at 6041 Oram in East Dallas and offers dining, takeout and delivery options for those who crave the taste of homemade.
“We want people to come in and congregate, and enjoy a variety of things,” said Jones, who is well known for creating acclaimed concepts such as Screen Door, Gourmet a Go-Go and the reboot of the beloved Dallas Italian restaurant, Café Italia. “This has all the warm feelings of being in your mom’s kitchen, but no one is offended if you just eat and run.” Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
This new hot dog craze is really catchy. If you are able to make a fantastic and snappy wiener made from an all-natural casing, a fresh baked roll and plenty of interesting topping, you will make a success of this whole doggery thing. Jerry’s Wood-Fired Dogs did just that. This is an unpretentious hot dog Mecca that is light on the wallet and high on truly good flavors.
The menu can be a bit overwhelming, so perhaps it is best to stick to the basics on first pass. Oh, once you have gone there will be multiple laps, your fascination for the wood-fired dog won’t allow anything but just that. Continue reading
Unleavened Fresh Kitchen, an upscale fast casual restaurant with a focus on wraps and salads, will open Tuesday, September 22nd for breakfast, lunch and dinner and is located at the Lakewood Shopping Center at 1900 Abrams Parkway.
Offering lunch and dinner options such as the Unleavened (chicken salad, currants, golden raisins, celery, chia, leaf lettuce, shaved carrot, garden sprouts and tomato) or the Weekender (buttermilk fried chicken, pepper bacon, leaf lettuce, tomato, shaved carrot, green onion, Boursin spread and ranch dressing) are available as a wrap or salad. And, breakfast items including the Dagwood (pepper bacon, egg, potato, arugula, shaved cheddar) or the Market Offer (veggie sausage, egg, garden sprouts, tomato, spicy avocado) can be ordered as a wrap or in a bowl on potato hash accompanied by fruit. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle photo by Robert Bostick
As the Lakewood community continues its growth a few new and familiar Dallas area restaurants have staked claim on some highly visible real estate. Interesting enough the new restaurants are being careful to keep things interesting enough for the neighborhood, and even giving the new spots a warm enough feel that will give an impression that the restaurants have always belonged to their new digs.
There are two particular burger outlets that will give pause to the local fan. Liberty Burger should be open very soon and co-owner Mariel Street is staying clear of any semblance of being a chain. Even though there are currently only two of the burger restaurants, we know there are plenty on the way including the Dallas Farmers Market. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
2012 was a fantastic year for the Dallas craft brew scene. So many up and coming brewers took to the streets replacing taps across North Texas and beyond. Now I know the electric thrill that must have been buzzing during the great space race to see which country might land on the moon. In the beer world we all end up being winners.
This week Lakewood Brewing Company shipped their first ration of bottles to area stores and met with great success. We created a buying guide for those wanting to sample a few bottles this weekend. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
La Popular Tamale House located in the Lakewood area and also in Shed 2 at the Dallas Farmers Market has long been praised on craveDFW as one of the best tamales in Dallas. The family owned business opened in 1984 and has been a valued part of the community since. The restaurant is operated by the father and son tag team Jesse Sr. and Jesse Jr. Moreno who both spend time making tamales and giving back to the community through their valued contributions to the city. Continue reading
by Judy Chamberlain
More than two decades ago, Dallas resident Tommy Stanco, an avid gourmet cook and former professional children’s entertainer, combined his love of hospitality and music to create an aura that would transform Lakewood’s Balcony Club from a simple piano bar to a haven for live music and Texas-sized camaraderie featuring as many as 70 bands each month.
Stanco – who went to work at The Balcony Club as a bartender on Valentine’s Day 1990 and bought the place from original owners Burke and Jo Barr – has been its sole owner for over twenty years. Recently, he added his own band to the roster of regulars on the club’s calendar. Continue reading