Oddfellows Chef Brady Williams on What Dallas Needs and Where He Eats

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Kelsey Foster
In part one of our three-parter with Oddfellows' Brady Williams, we tracked his course from hockey goalie to chef. Today: The Dallas restaurant scene.

What do you like most about the Dallas restaurant scene?
From the industry side, the people I gravitate to are really trying to change the food culture of this city and provide the types of dining experiences that can be found in other, more progressive or developed cities. There's a lot of camaraderie and support among the current generation stemming from the realization that in order for the food culture in this town to really make some positive strides, we need to be supportive of each other, whereas the old guard seemed to be more anti-competition and not celebrate each others' successes. The more successful we can become, the sooner the paradigm will shift and the culture begin to change, which in turn, will ultimately mean a demand for more of these types of places and a consistently higher quality product. It's an exciting time to be a part of the food scene in Dallas.

What do you think about the collective palate of the Dallas restaurant goer?
I think that the mindset and the palate of the average Dallas restaurant goer is beginning to change, especially in places like Oak Cliff. People are becoming more open-minded and willing to try new types of cuisine, which is great. There are a lot of places that are killing it right now that three years ago would have had a tough time making it. Things like craft beer and spirits, local and sustainable sourcing, or even certain cuts of meat were, even only a few years ago, either unappreciated by the mass market or considered a novelty. We still have a long way to go, but we're at the beginning stages of a paradigm shift, which is a positive thing.

What kind of restaurants do you think Dallas needs more of?
I'd love to see some traditional Japanese fare other than sushi, like ramen. Dallas needs more ramen. I'd also like to see more offal.

Favorite Dallas bar?
If I want a cocktail, I'll head to The Cedars Social for a Sazerac. On the craft beer side, I really enjoy Strangeways, a new bar on Fitzhugh in East Dallas. They have a really good selection and Eric, the owner, is really passionate about helping to develop the beer culture in Dallas. Also, the Amsterdam bar in Expo Park is one of my favorites. I'll typically grab a PBR and hang out late on the back patio with friends.

What do you eat when you're not at work?
After being in a kitchen 6 or 7 days a week, I typically don't want to go and sit down at a restaurant on my day off. However, I don't have any food at my house so I'm often forced to go out to eat. So, I like to go to Jimmy's for a Cuban sandwich, or Maple and Motor for a burger. And there's a great place called Tortas Las Tortugas. They're the best-kept secret in Dallas.

Anything else?
I'll do a Muchaco at Taco Bueno. I love Muchacos.

What do you have in your fridge at home?
I have a fairly decent craft beer collection, but not as nearly as extensive as some people I know. My friends and I are pretty nerdy about it all. We have spread sheets documenting our inventory. My family is in Colorado now, and I'm fortunate to have friends who travel frequently, so between them I've been able to acquire quite a few beers that aren't available in Texas. Most of it is Colorado or West Coast stuff. Some of the better, more rare ones include about a dozen bottles of Russian River, including Pliny the Elder, Port Older Viscocity, and some stuff from The Bruery. I rarely drink this stuff by myself, but I'll invite some friends over and we'll crack open a few on the front porch.

Any beer you're particularly excited about?
A bottle of Firestone Walker Parabola, which apparently is one of the better Russian Imperial Stouts out there. It sold out in like 30 minutes in Denver. I'm saving it for the first freeze this winter.

Are you going to eat a Muchaco with it?
No, when I eat Muchacos I drink PBR.


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316 W. 7th St., Dallas, TX

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Borborygmus
Borborygmus

Thank you for giving us zero information on this chef, and why we should care, other than he used to be a hockey goalie. Where the fuck is he from, what the fuck does he have to do with "creditable Dallas food", and why the fuck is he even talking at. all. There is a great deal of uncreditable youth speaking without the depth of knowlege to make a worthwhile statement. Or  the capital to make it happen. Live here a while. Then comment on "what Dalals needs". Thank you.

crzt3
crzt3

Learn how to spell "Dallas." Thank you.

lamesauce
lamesauce

nice! oddfellows coffee and dinner is great..  still need to figure out their service on the weekends

Travis Rex
Travis Rex

Hey Brady..you fix that gravy yet, or does it still taste like alfredo sauce?

Matt
Matt

Seriously. Instead of doing spreadsheets on his beer collection. He should fix oddfellows fantastically inconsistent mess that is there food.

Chicken Fried Snake
Chicken Fried Snake

lol. And for such an avid beer fan... weird he's stocks only 3 not particularly interesting beers at his joint, jussayin.

lamesauce
lamesauce

probably because its a coffee bar - if you want more drinks after your dinner just head to eno's  (...same owner... more beer... )

Chicken Fried Snake
Chicken Fried Snake

Right... a coffee bar. Replete with a full service 38 item dinner menu. 

primi timpano
primi timpano

"So, I like to go to Jimmy's for a Cuban sandwich, or Maple and Motor for a burger. And there's a great place called Tortas Las Tortugas. They're the best-kept secret in Dallas,:

Scott's schedule for tomorrow.

Iamtherealkergo
Iamtherealkergo

"Paradigm," twice. Somebody learned a new word! I'll tell you what Dallas needs: less chefs.

NewsDog
NewsDog

I'd like to go back in time and kill the person who invented the phrase 'paradigm shift'.

Nick R.
Nick R.

THAT's who you'd kill? Your priorities need a paradigm shift

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

I gregee greggo!  Paradigm today...... Igneous tomorrow!  We need more celebrity teachers or firemen, or heck, even a celebrity volunteer.  We suck; we put the wrong people on pedestals.  We have false idols-or atleast meaningless idols!   Heck, look at that flaccid turd they call the Food Network; I'd rather watch frickin' paint dry.  Hunter S. Thompson was right, we left the American Dream in the middle of nowhere; so, somewhere you can see (probably in the dessert) the crest of the wave, and where the dream subsided.  Kergie out.

amandalbs
amandalbs

I believe Jason Roberts might be count as a (local) celebrity volunteer. Amy Cowan, too. Nevermind they are both part owners of Oddfellows.

Wanda 561
Wanda 561

What about loren jonston. vic tewods. al scondio, tepid mike, vondo from the condo......and what the fuck is an Oddfellows; you yuppies think everyone knows everything about crappy bullshit!  Listen here, we ain't all in the know.....and out in Hunt County, we don't fucking care-we jus trin' to live.  Novel concept? 

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Ask the chef what he thinks about Theo going to the Cubs?  Do you think the Sawx will extend an offer to Papi?  Is the dissension in the clubhouse Youkie's or  Beckett's fault?  Can the Pat's  win a Super Bowl with that defense?  is Wes going to run all over the Cowboys secondary?  Also, ask the chef what he thinks of the new kickoff rule in the NFL.  Finally, what is the best answer for watery backdoor refuse......I had Pancho's last night.  Uggggggg!

My fridge:-Shiner-Bud Light-Fajita meat from 2 weeksago-a slab of parm for "chesse shots" or a nice topper-fresh garlic-a rotten head of lettuce-horseradish creme' Cole Slaw w/7 spice and diced Anaheim peppers-baby new potatoes w/fat free butter, turkey bacon bits and shredded jack cheese (and lemon sea salt)-HOMEMADE!-baby food-wine -St. Louis style pork ribs with a Louisiana hot sauce rub and plum BBQ sauce (homemade)-Wilted Italian salad (made like Pa made it.........1/2 oil, 1/2 vinegar, a bit of sugar)-chicken parmesan (homemade)... rememberto pound it out, and don't deep fry it you crazy rednecks!....and finally, herbal rice with fat free butter and fresh veggies (corn, carrots, broc., etc.)

startled reader
startled reader

after reading your post i'm more concerned with what might be in your medicine cabinet.lie down immediately and dial 911

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

I called 991, and they brought over a bunch of skanky hookers, and cheap beer....I called 911 to F$cking shoot them!  Bad idea SR.

BBQ Master
BBQ Master

Methinks Kergo is more of a chef than that dude!

Sporto up?

primi timpano
primi timpano

Nah, too much fat free butter.  If I were the Sox I would clean out the pitching staff and start over.  Drinking beer in the clubhouse during the game--not baseball, and you can't teach that stuff this late in a career.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

The Sawx are an eff'ing wreck.  Wiping out the pitching staff is a good idea.  Starting over with Ells, Youk, Pedi and Lowry.....a better idea. Scrap it john Henry!

Nick R.
Nick R.

Holy shit, Dallas DOES need more ramen.

primi timpano
primi timpano

Does Dallas have any ramen not in a grocery store?

therrick
therrick

I too enjoy the Muchaco, because its kind of like a sandwich AND kind of like a taco.

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