This Way In >>

softer vibe, stronger cocktails

New Redo: Del Frisco’s Co-founder Dee Lincoln reconcepts her Tasting Room & Bubble Bar into a “real restaurant”


dee lincoln is back in the game

softer decor, stronger cocktails

chef julian ishizuka's menu is worth a visit. here, tuna carpaccio with yuzu-tomato-ponzu

roasted bone marrow with pickled radish, rustic bread

caesar salad with spicy tuna

asparagus salad with brown butter-mustard vinaigrette

really good roasted local chicken on bacon bread pudding with apple jus

yep, dee lincoln's finally got a prime bone-in filet on the menu

chef julian ishizuka is one to watch

bananas foster crumble with vanilla bean ice cream

ok, crazy good dessert-- coffee and doughnuts (valrhona chocolate pot de creme with espresso glazed doughnuts)

Well, I didn’t think she’d do it, but Dee Lincoln, the co-founder of Del Frisco’s, says she’s through tiptoeing around the shallow end of the restaurant business.

On the one year anniversary of her Uptown lounge and “bubble bar,” she’s decided to convert it into a real restaurant, with a real dining room, a real dinner menu, and a commitment to serving, as she puts it, “the kind of food and service people expect from me.”

Instead of three tables and a dinner menu of afterthoughts, Lincoln is reconcepting her super sexy, two-story Roseweood Crescent place as “Dee Lincoln’s Dining Room and Bubble Bar,” softening the West Hollywood look, hiring well-regarded GM Anthony Porcaro (Nick and Sam’s, Bella) to run the front of the house, and dropping the “tasting room” moniker to emphasize a new dinner menu that surprised me with its depth and creativity.

Spend two minutes with the effusive Dee Lincoln, and you’ll see that she is obsessed with regaining her footing as a top restaurateur.

“We are not going to make a business out of good drinks and bar food,” she told me. “I’m not going to serve meatballs and snacks. That’s not who I am. I’m going back to my fine-dining roots.”

She’s converted most of the downstairs space into a dining room, adding two-tops, four-tops and two larger tables for bigger parties. Leather banquets and dark sheer panels soften the previously stark space.

Her chef, Julian Ishizuka, is unheralded, but his new menu should change that.

“People expect a great steak from me,” Lincoln admitted, “so now we have a 14-ounce, bone-in filet from Allen Brothers, the best meat purveyor in the world. Plus, Julian’s revamped the whole menu. We’re gonna serve late into the night, too, so people can finally get a great meal after 10 pm in this town.”

Ishizuka’s menu includes some unusual winners: Seared tuna with foie gras and miso caramel ($18), roasted bone marrow with pickled radish and rustic bread ($11), and an asparagus salad with brown butter- mustard vinaigrette ($9). Ishizuka seasons his food boldly, adding pops of acidity and spice that add interest to dishes that could otherwise bore. His take on Caesar salad incorporates spicy tuna, crisp wontons and shaved nori in a crazy quilt of a salad that seesaws between a spicy tuna roll and a traditional Caesar…for just $10. I especially loved his chili rubbed chicken, crisp skinned and juicy, which he serves with custardy bacon bread pudding and apple jus ($18).

“I’m through messing around,” says Lincoln. “I’ve hired some of the best servers in Dallas, the best GM, the best chef, the best bartenders. We’re stepping up our game.”

New menu, new look, new attitude–and a new Web site, which launched (in rough form) this morning.

 

 

Recently Published

photo: Facebook
»

Lexus, Salum and Modern Luxury team up for for free food, wine dinner at Komali

  Modern Luxurry Magazine  and the Dallas – Fort Worth ...

Riscky's Beef Ribs
»

Hot Date: Rib eating contest at Riscky’s in Fort Worth goes down Saturday, July 26. $500 grand prize.

Strap on your feed bag. Riscky’s BBQ in Fort ...

article image
»

Tait Lifto, chief marketing officer of Rabbit Hole Brewing Co

Tait Lifto, a self-described beer expert and the chief marketing ...

youtube asian
»

Watch Americans eat squishy, smelly, squirmy Asian foods for the first time. This is hilarious.

I hate click farms like Buzzfeed. But this video, which will make ...

ws1
»

Paula Lambert of Dallas Mozzarella Co. lands feature profile in current Wine Spectator Magazine

    Dallas Mozzarella Company’s founder and cheese ...

jon bonnell
»

Fort Worth chef Jon Bonnell’s roasted pompano featured in Garden & Gun Magazine

“The only cleaning required for the pompano is to gut the ...

devereux shirt green
»

The Essentials: Devereux makes a line of golf shirts that’s all dressed up with everywhere to go

This is the golf shirt you want for wherever you’re headed ...

iphone in hand
»

You and I (and our iPhones) are to blame for slow service in restaurants, says busy NYC restaurant with videos to prove it

A recent NYC Craigslist post describes how one restaurant ...

rosewood beef
»

Rosewood launches its own brand of Texas Wagyu beef, which is already on Dallas menus

Whoa! Caroline Rose Hunt, the former owner of Rosewood Hotels (which ...