Clark Food & Wine Chef Randall Warder Is Building a Smoky Empire on Greenville (Interview)

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Randall Warder, chef and business whiz.

The explosion of growth that Greenville Avenue is having when it comes to quality restaurants is really unprecedented. The once neglected street has transformed into a culinary hub, thanks in large part to enterprising and independent chefs with a good eye for the next big thing. One of those chefs is Randall Warder, of Clark Food & Wine.

Warder is as much a businessman as he is a chef, able to spout off food cost statistics and business plans with the same ease as the restaurant's intensive pork rillete recipe. In this new world of restaurants, that's exactly the kind of savvy that is necessary to survive. I sat down to talk with Warder about the opening of Clark Food & Wine, his diverse experience in all facets of the restaurant industry, and his big plans for opening a new restaurant just three short months after launching his first.

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Chef DAT, Dallas' Underground Dining King, Will Open Twenty-Seven in Deep Ellum

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Chef DAT and his beloved torch.

After five years of marauding around Dallas and hosting some of the city's best underground dinners, Chef David Anthony Temple is finally getting a permanent home. David Anthony Temple, known to his loyal diners as Chef DAT, will soon begin showcasing his Louisiana-influenced cusine at Twenty-Seven, a new fine-dining concept scheduled to open this month in Deep Ellum.

According to SideDish, Temple's new establishment will offer two seatings each night, one for a three-course prix-fixe dinner, another for a six-course chef's tasting menu.

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2015: The Year of the Meatball in Dallas

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Meatballs prepared from the recipe of Julian Barsotti's Carbone's
Over the Christmas break I traveled to New York City and Washington D.C., where I ate seven meals a day doing my best to absorb as much as possible in each city. While I wandered around, I discovered a few trends on my own, in restaurants that have opened since I last visited -- ramen shops and Izakayas seemed to point to rapidly expanding Japo-fetishism, for instance -- but I also asked friends and family what they had noticed opening over the last year. Most of them remarked a deluge of Italian restaurants.

Some of the new restaurants focus on regional Italian cooking, some specialize in Italian American cooking in an attempt to recreate a lost age. Trends in larger cities have a way of trickling down to smaller ones, and there is evidence this one has already kicked off here in Dallas.

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Smoke Is Open in Plano, Because You're Not Cool Until You Have a Place in the 'Burbs

Categories: First Look

Photos by Kathryn DeBruler
In 2009, Tim Byres opened Smoke in Dallas. Byres, who once worked as executive chef at Stephen Pyles, billed Smoke as an upscale barbecue restaurant, a place where brisket and wine could be at home on the same menu. Smoke has since settled into a nook of barbecue fandom, garnering praise from critics and patrons alike.

It came, then, as little shock when Byres announced that he would open a second location of Smoke in Plano, where urban restaurateurs are now opening outposts seemingly weekly. The Preston and Park location opened earlier this week, and I stopped by for a look at the space, the menu and, yes, the meat.

See also: Why Dallas Restaurants Are Streaming to Plano

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Dallas Bartenders Kicked Ass At The San Antonio Cocktail Conference

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Amy McCarthy
Even in San Antonio, Dallas is still the best.

Since last Wednesday, I have been punishing my liver with every cocktail known to man in the name of journalism. The annual San Antonio Cocktail Conference, which showcases the work of mixologists throughout the Southwest, is not for the weak of spirit or alcohol tolerance. There is booze everywhere.

Barmen (and women) across the country trekked to San Antonio to showcase their wares, including some of Dallas' favorites. The crew of self-described hooligans from Parliament, Lucky Campbell's fire-hot speakeasy in Uptown, made the drive so that two of their bartenders could compete in the Conference's final event. Eight bartenders from Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and even Louisiana, went head to head to see who could create the best cocktail inspired by the history and culture of San Antonio. Among them were Dallas' own Brad Bowden and Carlo Biddle of Parliament, and Daniel Guillen of La Duni Latin Kitchen.

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A First Look at Henderson Avenue Country Club

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Scott Reitz
The new facade of Henderson Avenue Country Club
A few weeks ago, Henderson Avenue Country Club opened its doors. The space was previously occupied by Nick Badovinus' Tried and True, which closed last year.

The Country Club is brought to you by the same folks that opened nearby Henderson Avenue Taproom, whose customers spilled out onto the patio whenever the weather was agreeable last fall.

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Barter, in Uptown, Has Closed

Kathy Tran
No more drinks at Barter in Uptown.
"This will be our last weekend at Barter," started the Facebook post that announced the second restaurant to close at 3232 McKinney Ave. The address was first home to the much-hyped Private Social, which opened in 2011 and closed two years later. Barter had an even shorter run. The closures are juxtaposed with the success of neighboring Del Frisco's Grille, which opened in 2012 and keeps kicking out steaks.

While Private Social garnered a lot of attention from the press (red carpet opening, four-star reviews), Barter received more timid coverage. Aside from the many blog posts announcing its opening -- most touting chef Tim Love's involvement with the menu -- Barter operated mostly under the radar.

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A Coffee Shop Called The Foyer to Open in Dallas This Spring

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A photo board conveying the look and feel of The Foyer, a coffee shop coming to downtown.
Yet another coffee shop is expected to open in downtown Dallas this spring. The Alto 211 building on N. Ervay Street has been slowly filling with tenants who now could use a place to relax outside their bustling offices, says the Dallas Morning News. The new shop, The Foyer, joins a coming second location of Mudsmith, multiple Starbucks and Sərj, a coffee shop and bookstore that opened late last year.

Nile Tuzun is designing the concept and says she's not the least bit worried about competing coffee shops. Tuzun spends half of her work life in San Francisco, where "there's a coffee shop on every corner."

Still, she sounds ready to engage her coffee neighbors in a battle of the beans. "Our competitive edge will be in quality and the price we charge at that quality." Tuzun says she expects prices to stay on par with Starbucks, but with coffee that is a considerably higher quality.

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Italian Restaurant Americano Will Open In The Space Charlie Palmer Vacated At The Joule

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The Joule, Americano's new home.

Downtown Dallas is notorious when it comes to quality restaurants, or at least it used to be. The introduction of CBD Provisions, San Salvaje and other excellent establishments indicate that the neighborhood is changing, but there are still many gaps to be filled in the area's dining scene. Soon, though, a new concept called Americano will hopefully (finally) give the area some much-needed dining diversity.

The Dallas Morning News reported yesterday that Americano, a concept created by the minds at Tim Headington's restaurant/movie production/building smashing company, would go into the space that The Joule had originally intended for Grasslands. In spring 2014, Grasslands was one of the city's most buzzed-about restaurants -- largely due to some big promises about "never offering commodity beef," and working with local farms to have exclusively grown produce. The restaurant was originally scheduled to open in fall 2014, but it looks as if plans for Grasslands may have been shelved indefinitely.

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Five Best Tortilla Soups in Dallas

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Scott Reitz
The tortilla soup at the Green Door is hearty and rich.
If it weren't the middle of January, I'd be completely souped out. I never thought I'd say such a thing, but for the past week or so I've been slurping tortilla soup nearly every day for lunch, sometimes at more than one restaurant. Now, I just want to feast on something extra chewy like a skirt steak, or maybe a hoagie with a good, sturdy roll. I want to feel like I've digested something substantial.

The bowl pictured above is what kicked off the binge. I was at the Farmers Market one early afternoon, and it was just above freezing. The sky was gray and the wind found its way into every crack of every zipper, every hole of every button, making its way to the core of my soul. I wanted to warm up, so I ducked into the Green Door just because they were nearby and had heat. I stayed for the soup.

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