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

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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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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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A First Look at Remedy, a Top Chef's New Restaurant and Bar on Lower Greenville

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Alyson Sheppard
Remedy's Kentucky Highball and Better Lemon Cocktail.
The soda fountain-ish restaurant Remedy opened Friday night on Lower Greenville. The eatery and bar is the creation of Elias Pope, founder of the paleo-friendly HG Sply Co., located two doors down.

Remedy doesn't look like any bubbly soda fountain you've ever seen: Everything is sleek and gray, from the waiters' uniforms to the stripe on the drinking straw to the tufted booths that appear to have been ordered from a Restoration Hardware catalog. The soundtrack is hip-hop, not doo-wop.

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Lonestar Taps and Caps in Lewisville is Open and Filling Crowlers (Yes, Crowlers)

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All photos by Kelly Dearmore
The tap wall at Lonestar Taps and Caps with its motto painted at the top.
Since 2006, a Father-Son duo has helped give the suburbs north of Dallas a true beer-nerd clubhouse in the form of Lonestar Beverages in Carrollton. But as of the past week, Sam and Rick Ali have added a seductive new element to craft-beer loving here in the Dallas-area as Lonestar Taps and Caps, a long-time dream of the Ali's is now open and already hopping. Until the soft-opening back on December 5, possessors of empty growlers had to choose between a well-meaning but meager selection from Whole Foods in Addison, or trek down to Lakewood Growler or Craft and Growler in Expo Park to fill up on to-go, draft-style sexiness.

Sitting on the Southeast corner of the Sam Rayburn Tollway/State Highway 121 and Josey Lane, just inside Lewisville's city limits, bordering Carrollton and The Colony, the 1,800 square foot Taps and Caps is quite the destination for hop-heads, stout-snobs, and porter-pickers.

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Eureka, an Uptown Bar and Grill Devoted to Meat and Whiskey, Is Now Open

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Cody Neathery
The Bison Burger
When Henderson Avenue's Tried and True closed last year, its departure further reduced the stock of restaurants or bars with dedicated menus for whiskey. Scotch and Sausage has helped fill the void, but the need for whiskey-friendly joints is still in demand.

Hello, California-based Eureka.

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A First Look at Clark Food and Wine, an Enticing New Restaurant on Lower Greenville

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Greenville Avenue continues to add new restaurants, now with Clark Food and Wine.
Greenville Avenue continues to add restaurants after the city widened sidewalks, added parking and generally increased the number of potential customers walking around the neighborhood. The latest to open, Clark Food and Wine, began serving customers last Thursday.

See also: Bohemian Cafe, the New Kolache Restaurant on Lower Greenville, Is Now Open

The restaurant drew a lot of buzz because the chef and owner, Randall Warder, previously worked at The Mansion under Dean Fearing, but don't expect foie gras torchons and caviar here. The menu actually resembles that of a barbecue restaurant.

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Henry's Majestic, Chef "Roe" DiLeo's New Restaurant on McKinney, Is Now Open

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This burger, dude. Good enough to be served with a stupid salad.
After well-received stints at two Dallas institutions and her currently-airing appearance on Gordon Ramsay's Hell's Kitchen, Rosanne "Roe" DiLeo is seemingly up for anything. This time, Chef Roe won't be dodging pans slung by a cursing Englishman or setting a new standard for bar food at The Libertine. Instead, she'll be working on creating a "new oasis for Dallas' diners and drinkers" in Uptown.

Tonight, Chef Roe will debut her fancy-but-approachable new dinner menu at Henry's Majestic on McKinney Ave. The restaurant is the brainchild of the owners of another highly successful Uptown institution, Bread Winners. Henry's Majestic won't focus on making baked goods and brunch like its sister restaurant, but there will be brunch, and while mostly traditional, it does not look disappointing. Even a simple avocado toast, pictured below, is enough to make you want to sleep until Saturday.

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Bet the House, Denton's Newish BBQ Spot, Is Selling Out Fast, and for Good Reason

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Photos by Kathryn DeBruler

The Five Commandmeats Lesson #1: "sold out" signs at BBQ restaurants are what distinguish the truly hungry from the peckish.

Bet the House BBQ is sold out. The sign on the front window says so in clear, authoritative lettering. Having never let a sign deter me before (stop signs? more like, what signs?), I try the door. It's unlocked. Inside there are a few tables that run along the long counter where brisket is sliced and fixins get fixed. Behind the counter stands a woman who informs me that she has to get started on preparations for the next day, but that there's just enough BBQ left for a small order.

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Barnlight Eatery in Frisco Promised Not to be So Frisco-y, and It's Not!

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Kathryn Cavanaugh
I am in Frisco. I am in a strip mall. I am in a strip mall anchored by a CiCi's pizza and Kroger. I am where culture goes to die. No, wait, I am where culture goes to live when its kid hits kindergarten.

I go into this experience with an open mind because I need it to work: I venture north to Frisco often to visit family, and the options are ... limited. Earlier this summer, though, we caught wind of a new restaurant that was going to be locally owned with a more sophisticated menu than the common chain.

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Bohemian Cafe, the New Kolache Restaurant on Lower Greenville, Is Now Open

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Press your nose against the glass and choose your kolache.
The first thing that becomes immediately apparent when walking through the front door of the Bohemian Cafe is that every employee, all the way down to the dishwasher, is exceptionally nice. Customers are greeted with warm, genuine thank-you-for-comings, guided to the Kolache counter and coddled until they walk out the door. This is a nice place to be -- especially if you have a disproportionate obsession with consuming soft, pillowy dough stuffed with all manner of fillings.

The Bohemian Cafe opened earlier this week in the Lower Greenville Avenue spot that used to house Jack's Southern Comfort Food before it housed Jo 24, a quirky diner that closed as soon as it opened. The remodel seems somewhat minimal, with the counter in the center of the restaurant along the wall, and a long narrow dining room. There are a few things that have changed, though.

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