by Mike Marrero photos by Karey Drew
This column is intended to provide you with upscale and unique dates that do not break the bank and prevent date night monotony. This evolving topic will vary weekly to accommodate foodies, drinkers, music lovers, and more. There will also be casual suggestions like dive bars, brunch, comedy shows, festivals, picnics, and wine tastings too. This week’s installment has you starting off and focusing your budget at Origin Kitchen and Bar near McKinney Avenue and Knox Street.
Origin Kitchen and Bar excels in serving healthy food that tastes great! Origin sources locally as much as possible and the sources many times change weekly. Often they use greens from Tassione Farms, Windy Meadows Farm chicken, Vital Farm eggs, Village Bakery, and cheeses from Paula Lambert’s Mozzarella Company in Deep Ellum. Even when working with distributors, Chef Scott Tobey is a big fan of using Farm to Table distribution, and the Go Texan partner program. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
By now I trust you all have checked in at Origin Kitchen + Bar. The new hot spot opened back in December, and features some pretty amazing menu choices both in food and cocktails. The restaurant is quaint, which is always nice. The restaurant serves great food, and that is definitely is a good thing. And the restaurant has fantastic cocktails, which is fabulous. We were alerted by a dedicated Origin regular that the new cocktail menu was released yesterday, so I hightailed it over to McKinney Avenue for a taste test.
The unique craft cocktail menu, developed by Bar Manager Jacob Boger, features house-made infusions, syrups, juices, vermouth and salt. Yes, he infuses salt. I had heard of flavored salts where herbs and other flavors are mixed into a batch of salt, but never where a sturdy salt is actually bathed in another liquefied flavor to pass on subtle notes that allow the salt to break down in your mouth with levels of sweetness to shades of saltiness. Pure genius.
by Steven Doyle
Origin Kitchen + Bar will officially open today, Tuesday, December 17, 2013, at 4438 McKinney Ave, Ste. 150. The restaurant concept – created and owned by Russell and Jessica Aldredge – features rustic California-inspired cuisine that will serve dinner, with a bistro-style breakfast, lunch and coffee bar.
“During a trip to Portland last year, we had the meal of our lives at a small French restaurant and knew the style and ambiance was what we wanted to recreate in Dallas,” said Jess and Russell. “We want people to have an experience when they dine with us and feel like they are part of the process.” Continue reading