Archive for February, 2012

Mockingbird Station Leap Crawl

Posted by    |    February 27th, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Mockingbird Station, in cooperation with, a Website that connects people with great local businesses, will host The Station Leap Crawl from 6 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at The People’s Last Stand (Suite 210), Trinity Hall (Suite 250) and Urban Taco (Suite 125).

In honor of Yelp Drinks Week, a city-wide chance for residents to sample half-off cocktails at the places locals love on Feb. 27 – March 4, the Station will offer Yelp subscribers the chance to win $20 gift cards to three participating hot spots.

Simply become a Yelp subscriber and fill out a punch card at participating Yelp Drinks Week restaurants including The People’s Last Stand, Trinity Hall and Urban Taco. Order one of the three specialty Yelp cocktails and get your card punched at each location. You can only receive one punch per location. When your punch card is full, return it to any of the three eateries for a $20 gift card to that restaurant. There will only be ten gift cards available at each location, so come early and start sampling those tasty Yelp beverages!

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Stephan Pyles to Host Fundraiser to Support Chefs Move to Schools

Posted by    |    February 24th, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Lunch Break for Schools” is coming to Dallas on February 28 & 29!  Stephan Pyles will be hosting a Lunch Break for Schools fundraiser to raise money to support the Chefs Move to Schools program’s efforts to encourage healthier eating by kids – including eating more vegetables. Inspired by the recent news of the updated White House recommended school lunch menu and the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, the fundraising event will raise funds to promote healthy eating habits and proper nutrition amongst children.

The lunchtime fundraiser will be hosted in his restaurant on February 28 & 29 and will be open to the public. Chef has prepared a special prix fixe lunch to help support nutrition education in schools.

Celery Root Bisque with Barbecued Pork Belly & Minted Green Apple
Smoked Chicken Tostada with Ranch Dressing & Cranberry Mojo
Dark Chocolate Panna Cotta with Marasca Cherries & Lemon Empanada


Sissy’s Southern Kitchen Opens on Henderson

Posted by    |    February 23rd, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Chef Lisa Garza, a former contestant on The Next Food Network Star and owner of Lisa Garza Taste Studio, is opening Sissy’s Southern Kitchen & Bar on Monday, February 27,2012. The restaurant will feature authentic Southern cuisine, cocktails and décor.

“The concept is inspired by my Southern roots. I was born in Memphis and raised by an old-school Southern daddy,” Garza says. “I have worked in and around the fine dining scene for almost 20 years—Sissy’s will be a slight departure. I want to build a fun place that feels like home in the South with great food, awesome drinks and friendly service.”

After perfecting the overall concept and menu, Garza hand-selected Chef Jeffery Hobbs, her dear friend and partner at Suze for seven years, to execute her culinary vision. The menu highlight, of course, is Sissy’s fried chicken: a choice of white or dark meat prepared in a house-blended brine and soaked in buttermilk. Expect other Southern staples like corn fritters with whipped honey butter (MY FAVORITE), whole fried okra, shrimp and white cheddar-green onion grits (DON’T PASS THIS UP) and gumbo.

Sissy’s Southern Kitchen and Bar will be open for dinner Monday through Wednesday from 5 p.m. to midnight, and Thursday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. They have a great patio to enjoy a jalapeño margarita or a secluded private space called The Parlor – perfect for meetings, parties and a quiet place to enjoy some “Southern comfort.” Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by calling 214.827.9900.

Outside the Bubble: Southern Fried Chicken By Smoke

Posted by    |    February 20th, 2012 at 9:42 am

Led by an HP hottie, a former rock star (from 80′s outfit War Minister, who wore mascara and all that goes with that), and the humble servant dared to venture across the Trinity River to taste some mighty fine fried chicken at Smoke in Oak Cliff.

We like Smoke for three reasons:

1. The fireplace at night

2. The chicken  (although we  really like just about everything on the menu)

3. The unpretentious atmosphere, unlike what we experience daily inside the bubble

We learned that one of our favorites, pork jowl bacon and pickles, is no longer on the menu. Guess it’s time to update our video.

Sea Breeze Fish Market Offers Cooking Classes

Posted by    |    February 16th, 2012 at 6:36 pm

Sea Breeze Fish Market & Grill is beginning to host a monthly cooking classes featuring both common and exotic seafood.

“This is something we have always wanted to do, we have just never had the time or the space in the past to pull it off,” said Rick Oruch, the Sea Breeze fish specialist. “The classes are fun. Everybody wants to learn.”

The first class will be on Sunday, February 19 from 3-4:30. Guests will learn how to prepare four great dishes, and then will sample those dishes along with wine! The class will include recipes for mussels, scallops, sole, and redfish. Class size is limited – $35/person. Classes will continue monthly!

“We just want people to learn how to cook fish,” Oruch said. “A lot of people are afraid of seafood because they probably not raised on it unless they grew up on the coast. Seafood is easy to cook. We are going to introduce very simple recipes with a quality product that people can do at home.”

Mark Alterman, who opened Sea Breeze in 2007, said with top-quality ingredients, there is no need to add a lot of spices and sauces. Alterman said as long as the fish is not overcooked, a simple relish that compliment the natural flavor is the key.

To reserve a spot, call the restaurant at 972-473-2722.

Do-Nut Be Afraid

Posted by    |    February 16th, 2012 at 11:54 am

Hypnotic Donuts photo courtesy "Dallas Foodie"

Hypnotic Donuts, Photo courtesy “Dallas Foodie”

Do you ever wake up ready to take on the world, or maybe a Hell-Fire? Careful before you answer that. The Hell-Fire is a creation by Hypnotic Donuts that consists of a glazed donut topped with vanilla frosting, fresh jalapenos, habaneras and Serrano’s. Yeah, you read that right.

Hypnotic Donuts is the James Franco of donut shops. Owned by locals and run with a “hyppie” frame of mind based on passion before profit, the shop offers one-of-a-kind breakfast options that know no boundaries. Want a donut covered in cheese? Done. Topped with goodies that will make you reminisce childhood campfire days? Comin’ right up.

If you’re not quite prepared to dive mouth-first into one of Hypnotic’s revolutionary donuts, they do have some average Joe options that don’t require a leap of faith. Sometimes your taste buds need a glazed donut warm-up before Canadian Healthcare, a donut with gooey maple frosting and enough bacon to kick-start a heart attack.

Located near White Rock Lake, you’re already in a perfect place to run (okay, walk) off the yummy calories you just nommed. Hypnotic Donuts is open seven days a week with a constantly changing menu.

I dare you to make an adventure out of your breakfast.

Mixin’ It Up at Lee Park

Posted by    |    February 15th, 2012 at 11:27 am

“Almost sold out?!” MIXIN’ IT UP ON THE BOULEVARD is the one of the hottest food events in Dallas that you don’t want to miss! It’s an outdoor food, wine and spirits festival coming to Lee Park on May 6, 2012 hosted by Chefs For Farmers. The celebration will bring local farmers, chefs and purveyors together  in Dallas, Texas. From 1PM to 5PM, patrons will enjoy bites by more than 30 of the area’s most talented chefs, sip on great wines and cocktails and listen to tracks spun by local DJs. In addition, event goers can visit and a pop-up farmers’ market featuring products by local artisans.

Some of the hottest chefs in town participating are Greg Bussey (Victor Tangos), Bruno Davillion (The Mansion on Turtle Creek), Dean Fearing (Fearing’s), Scott Gottlich & J Chastain (Bijoux and Second Floor),  Dan Landsberg (Hotel ZaZa), Brian Luscher (The Grape), Matt McCallister (Co-Founder of Chefs for Farmers), Andre Natare (The Fairmont), Andrew Ormsby (Andrew Ormsby Catering and Southern Comforts), Stephan Pyles (Stephan Pyles and Samar), Kent Rathbun (Abacus, Jasper’s, Rathbun Blue Plate) Scott Romano, Abraham Salum (Salum and Komali), Blaine Staniford (Grace), John Tesar (The Commissary), Tre Wilcox (Marquee Grill) and more.

Tickets for MIXIN’ IT UP ON THE BOULEVARD are $100 for two tickets through February 21 and $60 per person after Feb. 21 at ALL of the Whole Foods Market locations in DFW or here. 100% of the proceeds from MIXIN’ IT UP ON THE BOULEVARD benefit Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County and Water for Chizavane.

“Pours from Portugal” Wine Dinner at The Grape

Posted by    |    February 14th, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Chef/Owner Brian C. Luscher and wife Courtney of The Grape host their monthly chef’s Come-As-You-Are wine dinner on Wednesday, February 29, 2012, showcasing “Pours from Portugal”. Chef Luscher will create a 3-course bistro-style menu to complement the hand-selected Portuguese wines of the evening. Special guest host for this event is Ashley LeGrow with Glazers Domaine & Estates.

The Grape‘s monthly wine dinner provides a fun, casual setting, that allows the guest to “come-as-they-are” and dine at their own pace, allowing for a more festive one-on-one format with the wine experts. Themes include a wine expert/host for the evening who speaks to each individual table about the wines selected.

Reservations are recommended for this event and available from 5:30PM-9PM. Cost is $48/person. The Grape is located at 2808 Greenville Avenue. For reservations, call 214-828-1981. Complimentary valet parking always provided.

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West Village – MALAI Thai-Vietnamese Kitchen

Posted by    |    February 10th, 2012 at 3:45 pm

We had a quick shoot today at the West Village so we decided to eat there beforehand.  We walked out of the parking garage discussing which restaurant to choose from.  At first, we were deciding between Grimaldi’s and Village Burger, but there stood in front of us was MALAI.  We all raised our hand to vote for the Thai-Vietnamese restaurant and so we went in. (more…)

Deep Sushi in Deep Ellum

Posted by    |    February 1st, 2012 at 12:00 pm

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I love all things sushi, and I’m always looking for new places that are fresh and tasty.

It is really a shame that I had been alive for over two decades before I was introduced to Deep Sushi. Thank goodness someone had the good sense to take me to the holy grail of sushi on Elm Street.

Cleverly named Deep Sushi, the hole-in-the-wall restaurant is tucked away in Deep Ellum, and has been a hit since 1996. It has hosted the likes of Chris Farley and Troy Aikman as well as maintaining a super-loyal following amongst Dallas locals.

I often experiment by trying different combinations of rolls every time I place my order, but there is one constant that I insist I must have every time, no exceptions. This particular must-have comes in the form of the Best Roll. I’m not kidding, it really is called the Best Roll, and it is called that for a reason. In the Best Roll, your palate experiences a magical combination of shrimp tempura, spicy tuna, avocado and cucumber all snuggled together in a light soybean wrap.