By Chris Roclevitch, Contributor
You might miss Baboush, the Lebanese and Moroccan restaurant tucked comfortably between Cork Wine Bar and Sushi Zushi, because it is, at first, nothing out of the ordinary. But once you open the door and cross the threshold into the dimly lit space, your senses are sent directly into overload.
The decor at this Dallas restaurant is phenomenal as authentic Moroccan lanterns cascade from the ceiling and provide just enough light to set the mood. The Moroccan tiles in the bar area add that subtle yet familiar vision of what we think of as quintessential Morocco. But what hits you the most is the aroma that billows out from the kitchen, where all of the magic happens.
By Chris Roclevitch, Contributor
Right across the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge sits the crown jewel that is Trinity Groves, a great place to meet friends and take family for stunning views of the Dallas skyline and grab some serious grub. Just last month, a new Mexican restaurant landed in some prime real estate (previously Kitchen LTO) there. Welcome to Dallas, Beto & Son!
The restaurant is the brainchild of Julian Rodarte and his father Beto. Julian is a recent graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and is the youngest restaurateur in Dallas, at the age of 23 years old. Meanwhile, Beto Rodarte is the unsung hero of many of Trinity Grove’s owner Phil Romano’s Nacho Mama’s branches, along with developing many of the signature dishes at Chili’s Grill & Bar.
Beto & Son offers familiar Mexican dishes with a modern twist to go along with a bar program that offers fresh margaritas, juices and flavors of Mexico.
Let’s take a look at some of the offerings that Beto & Son will whip up for its guests.
By Michelle Redding, Contributor
I’ve always associated Bread Winners Cafe with breakfast and desserts. When I got married earlier this year, they catered my bridesmaids brunch and did a fantastic job, even throwing in some cakeballs. But until recently I didn’t realize they did dinner — so when I heard about their new fall menu I knew I had to check it out.
Last fall, I had a BLAST being a part of the Trigger’s Toys cocktail extravaganza, a fundraising event that united dozens of bartenders from around Texas to set up pop-up bars throughout Henry’s Majestic and whip up outstanding drinks all night long … for charity, of course!
As much fun as that event was, the former Fantasy Bar Draft is getting a big revamp this year, with a new name but the same charitable focus. The Ultimate Cocktail Experience is, like last year, raising money for Trigger’s Toys — an organization that brings joy and toys to kids in treatment hospitals — but this time, the party will take place outdoors, and bartender teams have been assigned region-focused pop-up bar concepts to bring to life on Saturday, Nov. 5.
This weekend, the joyous celebration of food and drink known as Park & Palate is back for its second go-round lighting up Klyde Warren Park. If ticket sales are any indication (hint: they are), the two-day Dallas food festival is hotter than ever. Friday’s Down to the Roots event is already sold out, but you can still snag a spot at Saturday’s Grand Taste, which will showcase amazing cuisine from some of Texas’ best chefs, as well as beer, cocktails and spirits samples.
Last year’s inaugural Park & Palate was a blast, and, in addition to the food and drinks, my favorite thing about it was its exclusivity: The ticket price point makes it a bit of a splurge, but between that and a cap on ticket sales, P&P never gets too packed. There’s nothing worse than a food fest with lines that wrap around half the venue, and, thank goodness that wasn’t an issue last year. The longest queues at last year’s Down to the Roots were around 20 people deep, but they moved FAST, and guests were eating again in no time. There were no such lengthy lines at the Grand Taste, but make sure to Uber there or take mass transit, because there is a lotta, lotta, lotta great wine to sample!
Brunch. It’s still a thing and still fun, but have you ever been hours into deep conversation with friends and finished your meal only to realize you’re hungry again? No need to worry about that anymore, because The Ivy Tavern has introduced its all-you-can-eat Sunday brunch — called Dive Brunch — for only $15, which you should give a shot.
For starters, I want to be straight up with you and let you know that the food was not so amazing that you’ll push old ladies out of the way to get to The Ivy Tavern, but the combination of great hangover eats, drinks that could possibly cause your next hangover and an incredible patio area filled with shade (the kind that keeps you cool and untanned, not the salty dialogue you hear the kids spitting these days), as well as a DJ, a covered bar and TVs playing all the sports is enough to shoulder-check an old lady while making a beeline to the buffet table.
Chefs Patrick Stewart and David Rodriguez decided to keep things simple when choosing the brunch options. Chicken and waffles (above) made the cut as well as biscuit and gravy. Of course, potatoes and eggs will be present as well as the king of all food — bacon — and its constant companion, sausage. The craft drinks are $6 (go with the sangria, it has Skittles), and mimosas are $3; Ivy also has a good variety of beer options.
The Ivy Tavern’s patio is where you want to be on a Sunday morning/afternoon because you can watch your favorite team win (or lose, if you’re a Raiders fan) and you can listen to the songs that get you believing you’re a pelvic-thrusting dance god. No frills here, just a place for dive-bar-priced drinks with friends and well-known brunch staples on a paper plate to remind you to not take brunch (or life) too seriously. Brunch is served every Sunday from 11am to 3pm.
The Ivy Tavern | 5334 Lemmon Ave., 214-559-4424