Monday, August 31, 2009

Wining and Dining in Downtown Dallas and Oak Cliff's "smoking hot" new restaurant

This week a One Arts Plaza fling, a new restaurant in Oak Cliff from Chef Tim Byres, and Dean Fearing gives "working like a dog" a whole new meaning: All we have to fear is Dean's singing itself!

One of our favorite restaurants, Jorge's in One Arts Plaza, has some really cool food and drink specials you ought to know about. Mondays bring Margarita specials for only 5 bucks--any flavor, all day; Tuesdays feature a Mini Taco Bar from 2 until 7, with the crispy bites going for only a buck; "Kids Eat Free" every Saturday for the rest of the month and through September. This is offered 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and please folks, only children under 12 are eligible and only two of the little darlings per adult entree, thank you! The adults can sip on "Bottomless Mimosas" for only $6, while the kids snack something more nutritious. I would add the caveat that the adult needs to bring a designated driver if this is their strategy. Celebrate with Jorge's on September 9th as they throw a "Fiesta" to commemorate their first year of operation in One Arts Plaza. Olé!

Note: Jorge's joins their restaurant neighbors by joining the "Savor Dallas Arts District Wine Stroll" on Friday March 5th. The popular afternoon event expands beyond the Dallas Museum of Art at Seventeen Seventeen Restaurant, the Meyerson Symphony Center and the Nasher Sculpture Center in 2010. Tasting locations will include the fabulous new Dallas Center for the Performing Arts facilities: The Winspear Opera House and the Wyly Theatre. The OAP Restaurants (Dali, Fedora, Screen Door, Tei-An and Jorge's) will join Savor Dallas in the great DCPA Park that frames the outdoor environment on the East Side of the Arts District, for outdoor activities of food tasting, wine tasting, art and entertainment from 5 til 8 p.m. Get details at Tickets go on sale October 1st. Special advance purchase ticket prices will be available through December 31st, and tickets will be available "at the door" for the Savor Dallas Arts District Wine Stroll and the other weekend events.

Brother and sister team Holly and Kim Forsythe continue to rock the world with new and exciting things built from their Sambuca legacy. They are opening their new Sambuca 360 with a VIP private preview on September 1st. Check out their website (it's quite likely there are details on how you can get on the VIP list for the event benefiting Childrens Medical Center). Go to The new restaurant is in the Shops at Legacy, 5700 Legacy Drive, Plano, 75024.

Good news for Oak Cliff: Chef Tim Byres (Stephan Pyles, Rosewood's Mansion on Turtle Creek, Standard) and Bolsa restaurant owners Chris Zielke and Christopher Jeffers are opening a new eatery inside The Belmont Hotel. Now we can confirm that the restaurant is called Smoke and will officially debut mid-September.

Speaking of the Mansion, or should this be titled, "Fearing for your Safety"? Longtime Mansion scion Dean Fearing (with his own famous restaurant now, of course), is stepping out of the kitchen to hit the bandstand on September 9th. He'll be singing with Beatles cover band "Hard Night's Day" at a special gig commemorating 20 years of the McKinney Avenue Trolley. Run for your life! Women and children first! Only kidding. Dean plays a mean guitar, loves music, and "sangs pretty good for a Kentucky boy". When he's not getting Five Stars and national accolades at Fearing's in the Ritz Carlton, he can often be seen fronting his band of chefs "The Barb Wires". The show for the trolley and other fun things happens at FIG (Fashion Industry Gallery), 1807 Ross Avenue, beginning at 8:30. Admission is open to all, and is a $25 donation to help keep the 501C3 McKinney Avenue Trolley rolling down the tracks. Purchase tickets by calling 214-289-1126.

Chef Scott Romano invites you to what sounds like a scrumptious wine dinner at his Charlie Palmer at the Joule, on Wednesday September 16th, featuring the acclaimed wines of Fisher Vineyards. Wine Director Brandan Kelley will be on hand for the dinner, which is priced at $125 per person, ++. Make reservations at 214-261-4600. Visit the website for more details: The restaurant is located in Downtown Dallas, 1530 Main Street, 75201. Of course, if you love the Fisher Wines (and what's not to like?), Charlie's "Next Vintage" Wine Shop located between the restaurant and the hotel should have the evening's selections available to take home. It's a great opportunity to take advantage of retail prices for the wines you love. If you haven't been to Charlie Palmer's, it is one of Dallas-Fort Worth's most sublime wining and dining experiences. Be sure to try the appetizer homage to the State Fair of Texas: miniature Lobster Corny Dogs!

Trivia: On this hallowed ground, 1530 Main Street, site of the Joule Hotel and Charlie Palmer's, your intrepid wining and dining reporter once sold suits, ties, shoes and assorted mens furnishings during junior high and high school when my father ran the clothing store, Bond's, that was located here. You have my incredible love of retail sales and success as a clothing salesman (heh heh) to thank for my career re-direction (not a moment too soon) into broadcasting and food and wine. Here's to Hart, Schaffner and Marx. Cheers!

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