Newcomer Chef Brooke Egger's First Four Dallas Dining Destinations

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Chef Brooke Egger orders you to eat at Bolsa. For your own good.

Moving across the country to take an executive chef position at one of the country's only permanent pop-up restaurants doesn't exactly leave a lot of time for leisure. When chef Brooke Egger of Kitchen LTO made the trek from California to Texas, she had no idea what to expect about the city, its diners, or most important, the restaurants she'd be competing with.

Despite her chaotic schedule in the kitchen, Egger has still managed to cover some pretty good ground in the Dallas restaurant scene in the month that she's been here. Take a few tips from someone who's cooked at and eaten at great restaurants all over the world and check out these four spots.

Bolsa
Critics have been raving about what chef Andrew Bell has been able to do at Bolsa (pictured above) in Bishop Arts, and Egger only had nice things to say about the menu there. Her memory was a little hazy -- she went to Bolsa after Margarita Meltdown -- but she did remember a smoked fish served in a jar that she described as "amazing."

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Blind Butcher
When you're moving to Dallas, gorging yourself on all of the various meats the city has to offer is pretty much a requirement. Lower Greenville's "meat Mecca" Blind Butcher is an obvious first stop. After chowing down on the duck and foie gras sausage at Blind Butcher, Egger wanted to work with chef Oliver Sitrin to create a boar sausage for a stuffed quail dish on the menu at Kitchen LTO. Unfortunately, the restaurant just isn't set up for mass production.

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Fortunately, they are better at food than wall art.

Luck
Out of all the dining options at Trinity Groves, Egger has only been to Luck, the craft-beer inspired spot two doors down. Even if you do need to just wind down with a few beers and an order of bierocks -- delicious little pocket pastries stuffed with meat, cheese and jus -- Luck is definitely worth a drive over the bridge.

Popeye's
After working and living in health-conscious California, Egger says that the best thing about Dallas is "eating fried chicken whenever I want." Popeye's is fine for someone with such a busy schedule, but hopefully Egger will have time to make it out to Carrollton or Roanoke for a legit pile of fried chicken at Babe's Chicken Dinner House.

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txmalita
txmalita

Buba's across frm SMU.....nmm best chkn and brother if Babe's

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

Amy, Babe's SUX, and their veggies are canned.  GROSS, you've utterly discredited yourself.

frank9464
frank9464

Go in the back of Bolsa and then decide if you want to eat there. 100% of Dallas so called "fine dining" is illegal mexicans cooking food for people they hate. Cook at home.

erasethesun
erasethesun

How is Popeye's not legit? According to the Dallas Observer in 2010 it was the best fried chicken in Dallas.


"Popeyes is so widely admired by food industry folks that it's perfectly acceptable to ask, upon hearing of a new upscale fried chicken venture, 'Yes, but is it as good as Popeyes?'" As for us—a box of Popeyes' spicy, a couple of biscuits, a little of this to drink and a little of that to smoke, and we're in bliss."

davirez101
davirez101

@frank9464  - All dining is Texas, (Fast food to fine dining) and many other states in USA - Does consist of staff made up of immigrants (documented or not) - but where you are wrong. The Mexicans that happen to be undocumented do not Hate. It is classic 'Projection' on your part. Your actions and words are full of 'HATE'

Twinwillow
Twinwillow

@erasethesun Popeye's is my go to fried chicken too.

The worst fast food counter help anywhere, though.

At least at the Ross Avenue location. 

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@erasethesun I prefer Church's spicy.  Church's chicken is bigger too.  What's funny is I think they're the same company.  Better than all that commercial chicken is Henderson's, even Williams, Pope's...

J_A_
J_A_

I love Popeyes

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