The King of Dallas' Underground Dining Scene Is Close to Opening His First Restaurant

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David Anthony Temple gets ready for the big time.
Could David Anthony Temple's long awaited Twenty Seven finally be coming to fruition? The rogue chef says he's aiming to open his first restaurant at the start of next year in Deep Ellum.

Temple gained popularity years ago as one of the first chefs to shore up Dallas' rather anemic underground dining scene. But in 2011, Temple began using the private diners he held at a catering company in Deep Ellum to fuel his dream of a fully licensed restaurant. Temple announced Twenty Seven, a fine-dining restaurant whose name gave a nod to Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and other artists who died at the same age. For a while, though, it didn't seem like his restaurant was going to survive much past conception.

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The West Dallas Herrera's Is Open

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All is right in the world once again.
The Herrera's location that closed recently on Maple Avenue has been revived and then some at its new address in West Dallas. Touted as the original Hererra's, as a slew of spinoffs have opened and closed around the city, the new location opened for business yesterday and bests its previous locations by a truckload of enchiladas.

See also: Herrera's on Maple Avenue Is Closing

For starters there's a new patio that's partially shaded, landscaped with plants and outfitted with a number of tables. The outdoor seating is perfect for your taco cravings in all but the most extreme weather conditions.


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Checking Out Vertskebap, the Austin Doner Chain Bringing Kebap to the Dallas Masses

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This is what a beef and lamb kebap looks like as it's shuttled toward your face.
A few years back, I set out in search of a great gyro for all to enjoy. It didn't go well. My partner-in-tzatziki almost died, and neither of us was able to work the rest of the afternoon. We ate pounds and pounds of gyros, and when we finished we resolved that most of them were pretty terrible.

My gripe was that every gyro we encountered was made from a frozen meatsicle processed at a plant in the suburbs of Chicago. The substandard meat isn't just a Dallas phenomenon; most of the gyros served in the States make use of the gyro-pop. But every now and then (like that time I was in Chicago) I run into gyros that are stacked by hand with huge slabs of marinated meat. They're delicious.

See also: Dispatch From Chicago: Hunting For A Real Deal Gyro

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Mudsmith & The Londoner To Open Downtown

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How many animals will be needed to adorn the walls of the new downtown Mudsmith?

News reaches us that Lower Greenville's fanciest coffee shop/bar/place to look at people using Apple products is to branch out to the previously uncool downtown Dallas in a redevelopment on the 1500 block of Elm.

When it gets there, it'll take one look at its new building and notice it has been joined by the Londoner, a local chain that stretches from Addison to Frisco, and Southpaw's Organic Grill, which has outlets in Uptown and the Park Cities, which is code for "fancy."

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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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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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Snap Kitchen Keeps Invading Dallas

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Taken from Snap Kitchen's website

Snap Kitchen has been slowly invading Dallas since this summer, opening its first location in Uptown and then opening three more around the city since. Another location is planned for Fitzhugh. The latest location to open is on the corner of Preston and Royal, in the same shopping center and Royal China and the new TJ's location.

It's an interesting concept. From the outside it looks a lot like a 7-Eleven. There are open coolers with trays of food at the ready and other coolers with plenty of drinks. There's a microwave. You could almost see yourself dropping in for sixer of Budweiser and a pack of Marlboro Golds, but there's none of that sort of thing around here. Snap is all about making you better, not making you worse.

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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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Herrera's Is Moving to West Dallas

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Come on sour cream enchiladas!
Signs of life from Herrera's, the much-loved Tex-Mex chain that left Maple Avenue not long ago, was recently spotted by a tipster in West Dallas on Sylvan Avenue, not far south of the river. I called owner Nora Ontiveros but she didn't answer. Maybe she's busy, you know, resurrecting an entire restaurant.

See also: Herrera's on Maple Avenue Is Closing

I couldn't wait so I zipped across the Sylvan Avenue Bridge. Just past the black skid marks of what looked like to be NASCAR-worthy doughnuts, I saw it. "The original Cafe Herrera's, Coming Soon," the banners read. How soon depends on that COO permit taped to the door.

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VH Oak Cliff Opens Tonight in Oak Cliff

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It's a party.
This past weekend I was on my way home from a relaxed evening in the Bishop Arts District. It was late and I was tired, but not so tired I couldn't have been talked into staying out a little longer. As I rounded the corner of Beckley Avenue and stepped on the gas I noticed the old Outpost space was lit up and had a new paint job. Music was playing and I stopped hard.

There was a party.

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