Encina – a warm and inviting neighborhood restaurant offering New American cuisine will open to the public on Friday, October 9for happy hour and dinner Monday through Saturday (with Saturday/Sunday brunch service in coming weeks).
Located at 614 W. Davis Street in the beloved neighborhood of Oak Cliff in Dallas, Encina was created by chef/co-owner, Matt Balke (formerly Executive Chef of Bolsa) along with co-owner Corey McCombs (formerly front of house at Stephan Pyles, FT33, Flora Street and SMOKE) to offer an uncomplicated yet adventurous menu with influences from Texas, California and the South. With a very deliberate and thoughtful focus on seasonality and fresh ingredients, the name Encina is Spanish for Holm Oak – which is not only a type of tree but also the original name of Balke’s hometown of Uvalde, Texas. This is where his appreciation of quality, authentic ingredients and locally sourced produce and protein were born.
As we celebrate Texas Chicken Fried Steak Day (see history here), Texas all across the great state raise their tongs as they pay homage to this fine example of Texan ingenuity and deliciousness. Continue reading →
Separated by a small stretch of road Jonathon and Christine Erdeljac have set up their gravy kingdom in Oak Cliff where they reign as King and Queen of Gravy. Not a bad title if indeed you plan on selling plates of chicken fried steak and giant biscuits. And they do sell enough of these comforting dishes at both of their restaurants, Jonathon’s and Jonathon’s Diner. Continue reading →
The Mayor’s House, the much-anticipated restaurant set to open in Oak Cliff, will be launching this year without the culinary leadership of Chef Graham Dodds. The two will be parting ways due to construction delays and a timing conflict. The restaurant, co-owned by husband-and-wife team A.J. Gilbert and Martha Madison, continues to move forward with opening plans for 4th quarter, just in time for holiday season, and the new chef will be announced in the coming weeks. Continue reading →
Victor Hugo’s, a comfortable-cozy Oak Cliff neighborhood favorite, lauded for its New American bistro-style cuisine, is expanding to Richardson with a satellite location to be located in a redeveloping center, popular with tech-friendly, mobile-office entrepreneurs. Continue reading →