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Coming Soon: Ida Claire, southern-inspired restaurant from Whiskey Cake, Velvet Taco, Ranch Las Colinas team

The folks behind Whiskey Cake, the Ranch in Las Colinas, Velvet Taco and Mexican Sugar will open Ida Claire, a Southern-inspired gastropub, in Addison this summer. “We’ll be doing Low Country cuisine with a New Orleans Creole influence,” says Fitzgerald Dodd, Ida Claire’s chef and a former New Orleans resident. “Fried green tomatoes, gumbo, chicken and biscuits, Continue reading →


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Chef Brian Olenjack gone from Olenjack’s Grill, his restaurant in Arlington

My colleagues at 360 West Magazine say chef Brian Olenjak has been ousted from his eponymous Arlington restaurant, Olenjack’s Grille. “He and (his) investors decided to part ways,” says 360West, “and Brian’s considering new options.” Olenjack made a name for himself as the chef of Reata a few years ago. photo:


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Weekender: Nick & Sam’s Sunday Supper tonight will feature six courses from six chefs

  No better way to wind down the Christmas holiday than to join Sunday Supper tonight at Nick & Sam’s, the monthly family-style meal at the city’s most celebrity-studded steakhouse (last month, I spotted Derek Jeter and the former president of Mexico in the dining room.) This end-of-the-year dinner will feature a different course from each of Continue reading →


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Spoon Bar & Kitchen to host Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve

Chef John Tesar’s Spoon Bar & Kitchen (8220 Westchester Dr. in Dallas) will celebrate the Feast of Seven Fishes with a 10-course tasting menu on Christmas Eve during dinner service 5-10 p.m. Fish, shellfish, and fishy things (I hear seven of them make a feast) including arctic char and swordfish. Chef Mark Gordy will be Continue reading →


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Here’s what happens when you strap a GoPro to an eagle

Drones are so 2014. Next year, we’ll be using action cameras harnessed to live eagles. In this cool POV video, Victor, a white-tailed eagle, takes off from the summit of the Eiffel Tower, then soars at 110 mph to the Trocadero and then to his handler. The film was made by Freedom, a non-profit conservation project helping to return the white-tailed eagle to Continue reading →