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Kookie Haven is Cookie Heaven

image2 (21)by Steven Doyle

When sisters Nita Briggs, Kim Haynes and Darla McCuen sat down to decide what business they would open it became vastly clear they needed to resurrect their mother’s recipes and open the bakery that it now at 337 West Jefferson in Dallas. Kookie Haven is often confused for just a cookie shop because of the name, but that was actually their mother’s name, and although she is in heaven now it is a haven for those that love great pastries.

We sat down with sister Nita today because we needed to find out why people were flocking to this shop located next to Cultivar. Continue reading

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Encina Opens Oct 9th

Encina – a warm and inviting neighborhood restaurant offering New American cuisine will open to the public on Friday, October 9 for 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.

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Celebrate Chicken Fried Steak Day With Fried Elk (Recipe)

l (2).jpgby Steven Doyle                       Jonathon’s CFS

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

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Gravy Up at Jonathon’s

jon1.jpgby Steven Doyle

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


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Dodds Leaves Mayor’s House Project Due To Delays


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


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Victor Hugo Opening in Richardson This Winter


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

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