Driftwood, Chef Omar Flores' Oak Cliff Seafood Joint, Opens Tuesday. Here's a Sneak Peek.

Categories: First Look

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Lauren Drewes Daniels
It's been a long time coming for Driftwood (642 W. Davis). The seafood spot in Oak Cliff was supposed to open months ago, but electrical and plumbing issues kept setting them back.

Finally, last week, Chef Omar Flores and owner/operator John Baudoin planned a soft opening for family and friends -- a chance to work out the final kinks before the real opening. So with a collective sigh of relief, Tuesday evening they opened their doors. Then, with a room full of guests and food on the stove, the electricity went out.

They finished what they could over gas ranges, using cell phones and flash lights, then called it a night and tried again Wednesday. And the same thing happened. Around 6 p.m., when neighborhood residents got home from work and there was more stress on the system, the transformer blew.

Encore finally made it out and installed a new transformer that can handle the load for the new restaurant and Bolsa Mercado, which was on the same box next door. Barring any other number of disaster, they really should be ready now.

The location, which used to house Con Fusion, has been converted from a dark den into a bright seaside-inspired spot with about 50 seats inside and another 30 on the patio. With walls the color of a swimming pool, driftwood art and seashell décor, the only thing missing are flip flops and a sunburn. Although there is the deck.

The menu is mostly high-end seafood, and Chef Omar Flores, who was at Abacus for five years previous to this gig, receives his bi-coastal fish, oysters and clams several times a week to ensure freshness.

The menu at Driftwood will change seasonally. Some of the items now include Flying Point and "naked cowboy" oysters ($12), little neck clams with a house-made pork sausage in a white wine broth ($13), and Ahi tuna crudo served with English cucumber and avocado ice cream ($10).

Small plates include a Maine lobster roll ($15), Berkshire Pork Rillettes ($10), oven roasted bone marrow covered in peekytoe crab and a garlic confit ($14) and a few salads.

Big plates start with an Ugly Pug beer-battered merluzza, pan-roasted diver scallops, gulf shrimp, grilled octopus and Wyoming golden trout. Non-seafood dishes include Fran's chicken and bacon-wrapped rabbit loin and confit leg.

Driftwood is open, transformer willing, Tuesday through Saturday for dinner, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. (11:00 pm on Friday and Saturday nights). Reservations are suggested, but walk-ins are welcome. There's an indoor and outdoor bar and the vibe is Oak Cliff upscale-casual (which is yet to really be defined, but I'm sure will be cool).

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Lauren Drewes Daniels
Indoor and outdoor bar.

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Lauren Drewes Daniels

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Lauren Drewes Daniels

Location Info

Driftwood

642 W. Davis St., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant


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Marmorocco
Marmorocco

I work at Driftwood, and must say..... That Chef Omar is a genius! Come try, and you will be sold!

Connie Andrews
Connie Andrews

 When did rabbits become "seafood?" There are upwards from 2 to 4 million rabbits kept as pets in this country. House rabbits are becoming very common in urban areas with rabbits kept in the family home just like a cat or dog. They are the third most popular mammalian pet in the U.S., UK and Canada. Domesticated rabbits can be litter box trained like a cat, learn their names and other words just like any dog or cat, learn tricks like dogs (clicker training), are very affectionate, and bond for life with people, other pets and other rabbit.

Those who raise, prepare and cook bunnies have denigrate this post as someone with an “Easter Bunny Syndrome,” or a “Bambi Complex.” Those derisive labels seem to be an easy tactic to brush off a point of view as a psychological problem. When did respect for the lives of animals become an eccentric personality defect?

Of course, people have a right to eat a bunny. People will eat anything. In some parts of Asia dogs and cats are regularly consumed. However, as pet ownership of these animals is on the rise the resistance to eating them has increased.  If tradition and cultural preferences were reasonable arguments against braising a bunny, then why do the majority of people (pet owners or not) in the U.S. find it shocking people are still poaching puppies and boiling cats in some parts of the world. Cats, dogs and rabbits provide companionship, warned their owners in house fire/medical emergencies and comfort people as therapy animals nationwide. Yet, one is still considered a trendy "farm to table" dinner entree.

The breeds considered so called "meat rabbits" are the same breeds who make the best pets like the Dutch, New Zealand, Californians, etc. There is no difference between a meat rabbit and a pet rabbit. Recently, a Gorilla from a zoo in Erie PA, Samantha, was awarded certificate recognizing her "great compassion as a responsible rabbit caregiver and friend." Samantha lives in her enclosure with a Dutch bunny, a breed routinely sold as meat and ironically, pets, too. But, apparently even a 400 lb. gorilla knows that rabbits are best suited as friends not food and what does that make us?

Daily Reader
Daily Reader

I believe the electric company is Oncor.

primi timpano
primi timpano

Can't tell with certainty about the hat, especially with all the non-traditional color schemes out there, but I think it is. How about that turnaround against the Rays.  Can't believe the Sox were shut out to prevent the sweep.  Can't wait for next weekend's series, though I have bummer thoughts about Ellsbury being out for so long.

Lmfp
Lmfp

Good grief.  REALLY?  "Non-seafood dishes include Fran's chicken and bacon-wrapped rabbit loin and confit leg."  NON SEAFOOD.  Helew.  I agree with K1S, I was out after 2 words as well.

Jhnnyblze
Jhnnyblze

I agree with you.  We should be eating more cats, dogs and Gorillas.

Guest
Guest

You're that crazy old woman who dresses your rabbit in clothes and wheels it around the Galleria in a stroller aren't you?

donovan acree
donovan acree

It makes us smarter than gorillas. Rabbits are a sustainable, healthy, and tasty protein choice and they have been since the dawn of time. We are talking about a prey animal here. Tasty tasty prey.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

F+ck, I was out after 2 effing words.....too long, toots. 

ps-Is this Mary the Cat lady?  

LaurenDrewesDaniels
LaurenDrewesDaniels

It is. Dang it! I even fixed that in my draft -- must not have saved it correctly. But, now, I live with my shame.... 

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

I will miss Ells.....but hopefully the Youka will be inspired by Bobby V saying he's lazy.   Ahhhh, "Bahston spahhhhts",  shite could implode ANY minute!

Mary the Cat Biotch!
Mary the Cat Biotch!

what ...test, FUCK........ nana?  CONTROL....test? 

ps-this is what happens when the apparatus rules the machine. 

Gay Queer Ron
Gay Queer Ron

Kerg's,      We have engaged the controls for the Bunny's.....THEY WILL be ok!

Connie Andrews
Connie Andrews

I have the controls ridiculed, and laird towards the vortex of the heart of sun.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

This is why a young girl shouldn't take MMDA, or Acid.......no matter how fun it seems, or how cool yer 98 pound boyfriend is. 

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