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

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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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A Bar Named On Premise Is Coming to Deep Ellum, Like Your Liver Needs That

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Fifty bucks says they ditch the table cloths.
Lemongrass, the Deep Ellum Vietnamese restaurant that survived for years at 2711 Elm despite no one you know ever eating there, is closing. It will be replaced by a bar with the last remaining clever bar name, On Premise. All future bars will simply be numbered ("Bar 1," "Bar 2," etc.), like New York public schools and firehouses. Wait, no: Firehouse 37 is actually a cool name for a firehouse-themed bar with flaming cocktails and fire hoses for bar taps and a pole behind the bar for the bar backs. Someone do that, then we'll start numbering them.

Anyway, On Premise. It's brought to you by the guys behind The Mitchell, which is a cleverly named bar taking over the former home of The Chesterfield, which was a cleverly named bar downtown. One of the On Premisers, Chris Beardon, also owns Truth & Alibi, a cleverly named nightclub that looks like a cleverly named candy shop.

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Some of Dallas' Best Chefs Will Pair Their Food with Beer at the HopChef Competition

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Chefs + beer = what could go wrong?
Craft beer is more popular than ever, which means that chefs have been as interested in creating dishes that pair beautifully with an IPA or witbier as they were previously in cooking to suit fine wines. Local gastropubs and fine-dining restaurants alike are bulking up their beer selections, and the industry's taking notice. Dallas-brewed beers made a strong showing at the Great American Beer Festival this year, and a highly-respected national brewery has also started to take notice of what chefs are doing in Dallas.

New York-based Brewery Ommegang is known for its solid lineup of traditional Belgian-style beers, and it's challenged chefs across the country to cook dishes that complement the flavors of these brews. Previous stops of the HopChef competition have been in Philadelphia, Miami, and Boston, and the brewery is bringing its challenge to five of Dallas' brightest chefs on November 3rd at 3015 Trinity Groves.

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Dallas' Burger Boom Is Over, Thank God

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Is the age of the burger coming to a close?
I've been poring over local-restaurant news while trying to lay out my restaurant-review plan for the rest of the year, and the list I've compiled is strangely void of burger restaurants. I couldn't be happier.

Don't get me wrong. I love burgers. (Especially this one.) But there are only so many feelings one can have, so many words one can use to describe a charred hunk of ground beef tucked inside a white-bread bun.

See also: How I Picked the Best Burger in Dallas

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Five Awesome Food Events in Dallas This Weekend, October 16-19

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Every Thursday, the Dallas Farmers Market -- newly renovated and bustling with vendors -- stays open late. For vegetable lovers, these extended hours represent a rare opportunity to get their late-night-produce-groove on, while others see the combination of food trucks, an open-air market and beer and wine vendors as prime "milling" territory. So whether you need some fresh tomatoes for your sauce or you just want to get saucy with some tomatoes, Market After Dark is just the event for you.

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Knife Is One of America's "Best New Restaurants"

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This guy is really good with meat.
For all of the fit-throwing, cursing, and discussion about food critics in Dallas, we've kind of lost sight of the fact that John Tesar is actually an incredible chef. The controversy surrounding you-know-who's three-star review of Tesar's second Dallas restaurant Knife may have died down, but the hype for his "modern steakhouse" has only just begun.

Yesterday, Esquire held its annual Best New Restaurants In America awards, and Knife was the sole finalist from Dallas. This is Tesar's second appearance on the list: His seafood restaurant in Preston Center, Spoon, was a winner in 2013. Clearly, Tesar and his utensil-themed restaurants have dazzled both food critics in Esquire's employ over the past two years.

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Al's Beef, a Respected Chicago-Style Dog, Is Coming to Dallas. How Well Will It Travel?

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Mr. Beef offers Italian beef sandwiches made with roasts cooked on site.
Earlier this week, news that Chicago-based Al's Beef would set up multiple locations in the Dallas area bubbled up like oil droplets in a pan of simmering jus. Much like Five Guys hired former Redskins player Mark Moseley to head up the burger chain's expansions, Al's Beef turned to Chicago Bears legend Mike Ditka to aid with theirs. They even named a hot dog after him. It's called the "spicy jumbo Ditka dog," and it's topped with onions, mustard and sport peppers.

Ditka's not just Ditkaing around; he's shipping Al's locations all over the country. There are now Al's beef in Las Vegas and California, and now five locations are planned for Texas, in and around Dallas. The first one will land in Addison, ironically in a space that used to house a Texadelphia, which sold a Texan take on Philadelphia's namesake sandwich.

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Glass Boot Biergarten on Henderson Has Closed

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Tap handles stripped from the taps at Glass Boot Biergarten
Over the weekend, while hipsters danced at Beauty Bar, drunks played Skeeball at Barcadia and coffee nerds slurped java and discussed acidity and flavor notes at Houndstooth Coffee, the Glass Boot Biergarten sat idle. The bar with a massive patio remained locked up Monday evening well into business hours, and is apparently closed.

Owners Blake and Di Ann Bogus could not be reached for comment, and a call to the bar went unanswered, but taps that had been stripped of their handles were visible through the front windows and the bar didn't open yesterday Monday, either.

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Proof + Pantry Will Now Serve Lunch; Leslie Brenner Still Probably Not Invited

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You can now eat these meatballs (almost) every day of the week.
As if we haven't heard enough about Misery Loves Company's spanking-new restaurant in One Arts Plaza, Proof + Pantry over the weekend announced that it would be expanding the extremely limited lunch options starting tomorrow.

Owner Michael Martensen hinted to the Observer in August that the restaurant would begin doing lunch service once they'd gotten their footing, and one can assume that this move comes at a time when the restaurant is likely fighting off eager diners with a fork after all of the hubbub surrounding Proof + Pantry, its owners, and Dallas Morning News food critic Leslie Brenner. We're guessing she's probably still not invited.

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In Oak Cliff, the Original and Humble El Padrino Lives on

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The tacos live on.
Taking a bite from a Cuban sandwich at ¡C. Señor!, it's easy to understand why the chatter about El Padrino had faded into the background. The crunch of pickles and the bite of mustard waking up fatty roasted pork and cheese requires one's full attention. And then there are those perfectly crisp yucca fries with spicy ketchup, and that ropa vieja with onions and Swiss cheese... Wait a minute, what was the name of that other restaurant?

El Padrino No. 2 served up tacos and tortas in this Bishop Arts locale for years before they were displaced, eventually by ¡C. Señor!, a new Cuban-inspired spot from the owners of Hattie's. But it wasn't El only Padrino.

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