A New TV Show Will Spotlight John Tesar, "One of the Most Controversial Chefs Working Today"

Categories: Food News

Catherine Downes
Even John wonders if he's really all that controversial.
Today, John Tesar joins a small but growing contingent of people who are inking book deals and television contracts based on their ability to raise rabble on Twitter. Sure, Tesar has been working in kitchens for decades and is currently operating two wildly successful restaurants, but there's no doubt that his late-night "fuck you," the tweet heard 'round the world, has much to do with Tesar's undeniable rise in the national food media's consciousness.

The show, alliteratively titled Restaurant Revolution, is set to premiere on Esquire TV next month. Tesar, of course, is no stranger to reality TV shows, but this time he won't be fighting it out amongst a group of young chefs. Instead, Tesar will be profiled alongside some of the most respected chefs in the country, including Wolfgang Puck and Tom Colicchio. Unlike Puck and Colicchio, though, it sounds like Tesar's "most controversial chef in the country" status will be up for discussion, at least more prominently than his food.

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And Now, the Uber of Restaurant Reservations

Categories: Food News

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Lori Bandi
How diners get access to plates like this charcuterie board at Lucia could be changing in the future.
Since Lucia first opened, the Oak Cliff Italian restaurant has been honing its reputation as Dallas' toughest reservation. Diners who want the opportunity to twirl a forkful of David Uygur's cacio e pepe have to call the restaurant a month in advance to book a table. Prime slots are consistently gobbled up fast, and if you wait too long your hot Friday night date might become a tepid Tuesday reservation at 5:45 -- dating, grandparents-style.

But according to The New York Times, Lucia is actually being charitable with its monthly old-school telephone reservation system. Urged by apps like Uber, which raise and lower prices dynamically based on customer demand, restaurants in New York City and San Francisco have begun tapping ways to turn all of that pent up demand into cash money. Now, if you want a previously impossible reservation at Peter Luger Steakhouse, Killer Rezzy, an online booking service based in New York, is all too happy to charge you $25 to make your dining dreams a reality.

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The Best Sausages in Dallas

Categories: Best Of Dallas

Photos by Scott Mitchell
Though the finicky weather of North Texas denies it, winter is approaching. And whether that winter lasts a month or three, you're going to need to be prepared to make the seasonal food and drink switch. That means transitioning away from that iced coffee into something a little more hot and seeking out those foods which help you to gain that insulating layer of winter fat.

As far as filling, hearty foods go for those of the carnivorous inclination, a well made sausage is hard to beat. Something about a sheath of animal casing stuffed to bursting with a ground up amalgamation of meat cooked to perfection has a way of getting you to that food-coma breaking point so vital during the coming winter months.

Luckily, quite a few restaurants around Dallas have the sausage-making thing down. And even more luckily, we went out and ate these sausages to give you a list of best damned sausages in Dallas.

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Nine Band Brewing Co.: A New Craft Brewer Coming Soon to Allen and a Tap Near You

Categories: Beer

The guys behind Nine Band Brewing Co. in Allen.
Every couple days this summer, people pulled into an unfinished parking lot near Prestige Circle in Allen and asked whoever would listen when construction would finally be finished.

"The city of Allen is behind us," says Keith Ashley, owner of the Nine Band Brewing, soon to be Allen's first craft brewer. "We want to be their local craft beer."

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Which Beers You'll Be Drinking Too Much of at Untapped Festival in Dallas This Weekend

Categories: Events, Food News

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This could be you on Saturday, but you don't have an Untapped ticket.
Generally, we leave talking about music to our friends at DC9, but the food and booze this weekend's Untapped Festival at Gilley's may actually be more interesting than the music. Sure, Cake will be there, and Polyphonic Spree is going to show up in their robes, but that should only be a fleeting concern as you think about exactly how you're going to drink more than 300 beers without dying or getting arrested.

Untapped Fest travels around Texas with their bands and booze, and this weekend's stop in Dallas looks to be much larger than their Houston and Fort Worth shows when it comes to both. Breweries from all over the world, including Austin's 512 Brewing Company, Brooklyn Brewery, and Blanche De Bruxelles, will each have samples of their beers for the tasting, including some that aren't available to the general public.

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The Happy Hour at Joyce and Gigi's Is Killer, and So is Dessert

Categories: Happy Endings

Chocolate cheesecake with a cayenne kick. Pow! Right in the kisser!
It's 9 on Wednesday night when I drag my friend out to Joyce and Gigi's in East Dallas. She's in nursing school and should be writing a paper that's due the next day, but fortunately one of us has her priorities straight: half-priced drinks and dessert to share. The restaurant's two-year anniversary is coming up in December, but this will be our first visit. The South American bistro has garnered high praise for its desserts, so I'm eager to give it a go.

Like a beacon on the otherwise dark and deserted-looking Hall Street, the glow from their windows invites us in. We're greeted warmly and take our places at the bar, resting on two bright-red tractor seat stools. As we peruse the drink menu, the sultry voice of Astrud Gilberto sets the tone for a relaxed night out that feels like a world away from Dallas. I land on the Sour Joyce, a foamy pisco sour laced with papaya juice, and it's everything I want it to be -- bright, tangy, citrus flavors with the added theatrics of the cocktail shaker.

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Where Chef Danyele McPherson, of Grape and Remedy and Top Chef Fame, Eats In Dallas

Categories: Interviews

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These dumplings are probably made from magic.
When she's not busy planning her new restaurant, Remedy, Chef Danyele McPherson likes to focus on the parts of her life that aren't just in the kitchen. "Food is my passion," says McPherson, "but I also like to do other things, too. I like to ride bikes around Dallas and have beers with my friends like everyone else." Of course, even a busy chef has to eat, especially at restaurants that are not their own.

McPherson's own dining style is cozy and casual. You won't find her beating down the door for a reservation at FT33 every night or rushing around to the city's hottest restaurants. Instead, you can dine like this chef at these six casual restaurants that won't make you feel underdressed in jeans and a hoodie.

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The Best New French Fries in Dallas

Categories: Eat This

Catherine Downes
Scotch and Sausage should change its name to Fries, Fries and Fries
A few days ago, something disturbing happened to me. The image is seared deep into the folds of my brain: I ordered a salad as a side of my burger.

It was trumpet bright, fresh with good olive oil, full of radishes, and still light years from being as awesome as a huge pile of fries. It hurts a little. There's a deep, unwieldy satisfaction that accompanies not having a crispy, spice-dusted potato with a burger. A burger without fries is a half measure.

Good news: Dallas has a number of new, batshit-good fried potato options. Some of these aren't just French fries. These spots have found a way to make your burger accompaniment good enough to forget the burger.

No more half measures. Here are the potato sides in Dallas that you need:

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How the Slow Bone Smokes its Sausage

Categories: Barbecue

Slow Bone
What a sausage fest.
In "Shigging," we ask barbecue experts to give us some specifics about how they smoke their meats. In the spirit of barbecue secretiveness and competitiveness, they're allowed to lie once.

This week, for Shigging, we're switching meats. For the moment, we're moving on from brisket, and we'll be asking Jeffery C. Hobbs of The Slow Bone about his sausage. Sausages. We hear the joke and we don't care.

What kinds of sausage do you offer at Slow Bone?

Old Time: fine grind, spicy, toothsome with a great snap. Smoked Cilantro: coarse grind, herby and juicy.

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Seven of Dallas' Best Chefs Will Cook Under the Same Roof for Charity on Sunday

Categories: Events, Food News

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Matt McCallister is among the name chefs bashing oysters.
Since 2009, some of Dallas' best chefs have come together a few times a year to host dinners that showcase the bounty produced by local farmers. Organized by FT33 chef Matt McCallister (duh) and his wife, Iris, Chefs For Farmers dinners over the past few years have raised money for local charitable organizations like the North Texas Food Bank, they've also resulted in some pretty damn incredible food to be eaten.

This year's inaugural Oyster Bash, hosted at the Dallas Farmers Market, is the second event this year for Chefs For Farmers. In August, McCallister hosted a sold-out family-style meal with Pecan Lodge, and the Oyster Bash seems to indicate that the McCallisters are ready to take their farm-to-table philosophy to the next level with a year-round calendar of events that focuses on local food and the chefs who cook it.

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