Chef Mike Smith on The Green Room, The Beard House and Rumors of Ghosts

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Chef Mike Smith in front of the James Beard House.
​The Common Table chef Mike Smith has been kind enough to play along with us this week in our Three-Course Meal series. In Part One, he divulged some of his favorite hangouts and dives. In Part Two he imparted knowledge gained after two decades in the restaurant business. And today, in the final part of our interview, we look back at The Green Room, The James Beard House and ownership.

How did The Green Room transform the food scene in Dallas?
In 1994 when the Green Room opened there was possibly nothing like it in the country and definitely not Dallas. It was a music-based fine dining restaurant where on any given night a high-powered attorney would be dining next to a tattooed and pierced local band member. The vision of Whit Meyers redefined what a gourmet dining experience in Dallas could be. Bringing Chris Pyun as chef with his background at Le Cirque and Daniel gave the food instant and deserved credibility. The place spawned untold numbers of chefs, managers and wine people that helped to shape the current culinary scene in Dallas.

I've heard rumors ... do you think The Green Room is haunted?
There were always stories and rumors about bumps in the night after closing, but who knows? I'll say if it wasn't back then, it probably is now!

What do you think about the restaurant scene in Deep Ellum now?
There are a few people trying to resurrect Deep Ellum, but I don't think it's possible to re-create what it once was.

Do you miss owning your own place?
I don't miss ownership very often. It was hard for me to have to answer to someone after so many years when I didn't. But, the ownership at The Common Table is great, and I've gained their trust to know I'll make the right decisions in the kitchen. I definitely do not miss the headaches of day-to-day ownership. It's still my reputation on every plate so I don't approach my duties any differently than when I was an owner.

In 2005 the James Beard Foundation recognized you for your work at your restaurant 2900 and invited you to cook at their Father's Day luncheon. What did that mean to you?
It's an honor most American chefs strive for.

And here is the recipe for the Grilled Boston Salad with Warm Blue Cheese and Bacon Dressing Chef Mike Smith served at Beard House luncheon.


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Chuck G.
Chuck G.

Saw this week where Dallas was voted best sports city in the country. So Lauren, where does it rank among food cities? With all these features on premier chefs and 5-star restaurants on a daily basis, it must be ranked in the top 5 right?

Ponca city pete
Ponca city pete

What the hell is this, what is a Kergo, and this food shit is too uppity for me.  gimme a steak and potatoes, and bolis on the inner thigh

JJ
JJ

ask the chef if he has duct tape for my wife's mouth....POW!

Sturms_Bloody_Rectum
Sturms_Bloody_Rectum

What's the chef think of the Stars this year? Will new Stars ownership loosen up the purse strings and spend some damn money? Does the menu at the AAC need to go upscale and match the atmosphere of all the uptowners that go to the Stars games? 

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

What does the chef think of the state of the Red Sox? Some questiiiions (like that commercial) to ask:

-Is Ells the MVP-Should Tek come back-Is Waker retiring?-Should Salty be replaced-Should pitching depth be addressed by the GM?-Who will be the new GM?-Should Sweet Low Pinella be the new coach?  Larussa?-Should the Sawx make a run at Albert the Great?-Big Papi gone?-Is JDrew going to be a sock next year?-Can Jed Lowery be an everyday SS?

PlanoDave
PlanoDave

Lauren, you should let us help you sculpt the questions you ask the next chef.  For example:

1.  If I bring a date to your place with the intention of getting laid after dinner, what is the best dish to order?2.  If I want to sound like a food snob, what item on your menu should I mention the next time I am sitting on the patio at Ra with my shirt cuffs turned up and my sunglasses on the top of my head at 10:30 at night?3.  I am dating a vegan.  Is there anything on your menu that will kill me immediately to put me out of my misery?

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

FIRST homers, rednecks, metro's, walmart girls, ciggy hags and losers!

JJ
JJ

Kergo is LEGEND!

Twin Creeks Mike
Twin Creeks Mike

Don't forget food snobs, tranny's, laughers, diers, and food truckers.........where's the food truck story for the day?  Like yaaaaaaa!

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

oh yeah.  and don't forget tollway d.bags, tweekers and classic rock dude-replete with mullet and cut off jorts.

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