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September 2011 Archive

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Top Chef contender Tiffany Derry reigns over a glitzy new spot called Private Social, situated on a prime corner on McKinney Avenue in Uptown Dallas. It's a two-pronged concept: Private is the main dining room with its regular entree-style menu, and Social is a casual lounge with small plates. Derry, who was voted "Fan Favorite" on Top Chef season 7, furthers her previously established reputation for seafood with dishes such as mussels in a Thai coconut curry broth and white sturgeon "chowder" with crab, but keeps her connection to her Southern roots with fried chicken and braised greens. Private Social, 3232 McKinney Ave. #150, Dallas, TX 75204, 214-754-4744.
Chef Nick Badovinus, proprietor of Neighborhood Services restaurants and taverns, is focusing his energy on opening a new eatery called Off-Site Kitchen. The restaurant will serve breakfast and lunch and will be the central preparation site of the meat and seafood used in Badovinus' Neighborhood Services locations. Off-Site Kitchen, 2226 Irving Blvd., Dallas, TX 75207, phone not available.
Baboush, a new restaurant serving Mediterranean cuisine in Dallas, gets its name from the same Moroccan marketplaces that inspired its interior décor. The menu offers salads and entrées priced between $4-$12, including a spinach goat cheese cigar with lemon and olive. The restaurant is currently open for dinner only, but a lunch menu is in the works. Baboush, 3636 Mckinney Ave., Dallas, TX 75204, 214-599-0707.
Dough Pizzeria Napoletana of San Antonio has opened a new location in Dallas. The lunch and dinner menus sport a similar variety of salads and pizzas. Dough offers indoor and outdoor seating, both of which have a view of the restaurant's own herb garden, where some of its ingredients are picked fresh daily. Dough Pizzeria Napoletana, 11909 Preston Rd., Dallas, TX 75230, 972-788-4600.
MesoMaya opened its doors in August, touting authentic Mexican cuisine. The menu offers tacos, enchiladas and Budin Azteca, a multi-layered tortilla dish. In addition to the food, there's a variety of wines, margaritas and premium tequilas. MesoMaya, 11909 Preston Rd., Dallas, TX 75230, 469-726-4390.
Outdoor seating at Terilli Terilli's has reopened its doors nearly seventeen months after a fire started in the restaurant and spread to neighboring businesses. The lunch menu offers a custom pasta option or a variety of specialty burgers and sandwiches, while the dinner menu consists of pastas, pizzas, and meat and seafood entrées. Terilli's is also open for Sunday brunch. Terilli's, 2815 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75206, 214-827-3993.

News Bytes

One Art at The Commissary
Chef John Tesar is debuting One Art, a new chef's table at The Commissary, his gourmet burger joint in Dallas's Arts District. The room will seat a maximum of twelve and will espouse the farm-to-table philosophy, spotlighting goods from local farms and purveyors whenever possible. Diners can order a la carte or from a three-course fixed menu that'll change weekly. The room will be open Tuesday through Saturday for two seatings, 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., by reservation only. One Art, One Arts Plaza, 1722 Routh St., Dallas, TX 75201, 214-643-6557.
Patrizio Launches Gluten-Free Menu
Gluten-free has become a buzz phrase in dining out, and no cuisine seems more challenging than Italian with its emphasis on pasta. But Patrizio's new gluten-free menu shows that Italian food and gluten-free dining can co-exist. GF appetizers include iron skillet mussels and prosciutto with melon, and such salads as tomato with mozzarella and chicken-portabello. GF pasta options include penne Caprese and angel hair with artichokes. There's even a gluten-free double chocolate cake. Patrizio, Highland Park Village, 25 Highland Park Village, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-522-7878.
Sushi Happy Hour at Zenna
Zenna Thai & Japanese Restaurant is offering $1 sushi pieces during its happy hour from 3 p.m.-7 p.m. daily. Sushi rolls range from $2-$3.50 and tapas (items like chicken or tofu satay, calamari, samosas or chicken wings) start at $3. Drink specials include $2 hot saké, $3 house wines, $2 well drinks and 50-cent draft beers. Zenna Thai & Japanese Restaurant, 1914 Laws St., Dallas, TX 75020, 214-720-9998.

Chef Shuffle

Chef Blythe Beck will be ending her tenure at Central 214. Beck and her staff at Central 214 were the subjects of the 2009 reality show The Naughty Kitchen. Central 214, Hotel Palomar Dallas, 5680 N. Central Expwy., Dallas, TX 75206, 214-443-9339.


Take your taste buds on a walk down memory lane! Check out our exclusive closed restaurant database for the Dallas/Fort Worth area to virtually visit your favorite dining spots from yesteryear. York Street, R.I.P.

Kyoung Park, owner of Nakamoto in Plano, announced that she was closing her restaurant on August 1. Her reason: The rent was too high. Ms. Park was not the first owner. Nakamoto first opened in 1986, making it one of the first sushi restaurants in the Dallas area. Nakamoto, 3309 N. Central Expwy., # 360, Plano, TX 75204, 972-881-0328.

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