Lovin' That Tesar Spoonful

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Lori Bandi
I kind of wanted to hate John Tesar for putting his fine-dining seafood restaurant in the middle of the Preston Center. While the people that live nearby are no doubt grateful, I don't like driving that far to park near a DSW and look out the window at a guy running on a treadmill while I'm slurping down oysters with a stunning Sancerre.


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I thought about Driftwood, Oak, Lucia and FT-33. These places stick out for their quirky locations. Spoon sits caddy-corner to a Chipotle.

When I interviewed the chef though, and he told me about the lease and it's terms I started to feel a whole lot better about things. Tesar called it a "deal of a lifetime." He told me about all the creative freedom the space had granted him and that he signed an eight-year lease.

I hope both John Tesar and Spoon sit right there in Preston Center for at least that long. It's the first Top Chef restaurant I've patronized in Dallas that's compelled me to return.

Location Info

Spoon Bar & Kitchen

8220 Westchester Drive, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant


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18 comments
CitizenKane
CitizenKane

I will give Spoon a try next time I have guests in town;  went to 20 Feet and indulged in several platters of oysters.....blue points.  They were delicious.  At $1.50 each they are priced right, especially considering you can BYOB.....

Mervis
Mervis

"While the people that live nearby are no doubt grateful, I don't like driving that far to park near a DSW and look out the window at a guy running on a treadmill while I'm slurping down oysters with a stunning Sancerre."

Seriously????? It must suck to limit yourself geographically around here or to let it alter your perception of a business. This ain't the northeast. It's a big place with alot to offer if you are not afraid to venture out into unknown territory. Just sayin.

Mee2
Mee2

Spoon is not serving Gulf oysters, big difference

notallofeastdallasislakewood
notallofeastdallasislakewood

Spoon is one of only a handful of restaurants in Dallas operating on another level.  It is a treat to have a gem like Spoon in town, and not have to hop on a plane to have this type of culinary experience.

Twinwillow
Twinwillow

Texas gulf oysters are $5.95 a dozen at Pappadeaux this week.

wescx
wescx

I went here for my birthday a few weeks ago, and it was one of the best meals I've had in Dallas. The only dish that disappointed was the dessert, but the tuna tartare, diver scallop, monkfish, and turbot were all basically perfect.

CitizneKane
CitizneKane

So would your recommendation be Spoon or 20-Feet for oysters (restaurant aesthetics not considered) ?

wescx
wescx

The tuna tartare I'm talking about was the curried tartare served as an amuse-bouche that night. I also had the clam chowder and geoduck crudo which were good but didn't stand out quite as much.

gabe48
gabe48

@CitizneKane 

Freshest oysters in Dallas are at T.J.'s seafood.  But don't miss T.J.'s lobster roll.  Also very fresh oysters at Sea Breeze in Plano.

scott.reitz
scott.reitz moderator

@CitizneKane They are such wildly different experiences I'm not sure I can pick one. I can't afford to eat oysters at Spoon the way I like to. Three dozen would cost ~100 bucks. It's nice a nice service, but not really sustainable for my wallet. Still, something to try.


20 Feet on the other hand... I can eat them by the hundreds.   And plan to.


ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@scott.reitz @CitizneKane forgive me for asking, this may be dumb but why the hell does 3 dozen oysters cost you ~100 bucks at spoon and not at 20 Feet?  Are they special oysters or is just because the restaurant is considered high end?

wynnedutch
wynnedutch

@ScottsMerkin @scott.reitz @CitizneKane  

a lot of what drives menu pricing since food costs are relatively comparable (28-33%) actually is the cost of the real estate.  you want to keep your real estate costs to about 10% +/- of gross sales.  so if tesar's space in preston center is $20/sf and the space over at peavy & garland road is $15/sf he's got to make that difference up in order to make a profit (which people typically forget is the purpose of owning a restaurant).  


but i would suspect Tesar is selling oysters flown in from the pacific northwest and 20-feet is selling Texas gulf oysters that cost less as well.  

both are factors.


*disclaimer - i am in both the real estate business & restaurant business.

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