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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via Henry's Majestic
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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The Park Cities' Front Room Tavern Has a New Look, Chef and Menu, but Will It Stick?

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Kevin Marple
Wood fixtures evoke that casual, laid-back tavern vibe.
The change has been a long time coming. The Front Room first opened in 2012 in Hotel Lumen, with Scott Townend serving as executive chef. Back then, the restaurant was branded as a Park Cities diner, with a dressed up but casual menu that seemed well suited to the Park Cities.

But the soups, salads, fried chicken sandwiches and other menus didn't seem to capture anyone's attention. After a few first looks and a mediocre review in the Dallas Morning News, not much was said about the restaurant.

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First Look at Cake Bar at Trinity Groves

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It's cake!
If you haven't paid a visit to Trinity Groves in a while, and you're into such things, you might want to head back. A number of restaurants have opened recently as the back side of the main building continues to fill with incubating restaurant concepts.

The latest is Cake Bar, and if you can't figure out what they offer you're probably having a blood-sugar crash. You should think about letting someone else drive you there.

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TJ's Seafood Market Has a New Home, a Bigger Menu, and More Booze

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Joey Stewart
Oysters that will make you be shellfish.

TJ's Seafood isn't exactly new to Dallas. It started in 1989 at Preston and Forest, serving up seafood out of a fish case. A few years ago, they expanded to the Oak Lawn area and added a dine-in restaurant component to their business. Now, they've shuttered the original TJ's Seafood and opened up the brand new TJ's Seafood Market and Grill in the Preston Royal Shopping Center.

It's beautiful:


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Denton Loves its New Hypnotic Donuts-Cultivar Coffee Shop, Judging by the Line

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Photos by Kathryn DeBruler

Living up to its name, Hypnotic Donuts seems to have cast a spell on the people of Denton. During my visit on Saturday -- four days after the Lakewood shop opened its newest location in Denton's town square -- a line stretched out the door. Parents, their gazes eerily transfixed on the soft glow emanating from the donut case, waited for half an hour to place orders while children tried in vain to get their attention. No mere donut could inspire such devotion.

A donut with bacon on top? Yep, that might do the trick.


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Checking Out Cold Beer Company (CBC), Now Open (and Burger-Free!) in Deep Ellum

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Welcome to CBC
CBC (Cold Beer Company) opened in Deep Ellum over the weekend, serving up a mix of casual pub grub and (of course) plenty of cold beer. Keeping a good mix of local craft beers on tap is hardly a differentiator in Dallas these days, but CBC does have some change-ups that make the space worth a look.

You can start with the patio. Exposition Avenue, Main Street and La France Street all converge to form a triangle around CBC, and every side but the back is wrapped with patio seating, some of which is covered. When the temperatures begin to fall later this year, it's hard not to imagine most of these seats full.

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