Restaurant Buzz

Dallas Dining News for October 2013

Lauren Scheinin
October 01, 2013

Henderson Avenue gets some West Coast flavor as husband-and-wife duo Stephen Rogers and Allison Yoder (of Napa restaurant Press) return to their Texas roots with Gemma, opening next month … Things are really cooking in Trinity Grove: The Local Urban Craft Kitchen (aka LUCK), a craft-beer-centric spot, dishes up smoked meat and gourmet sandwiches at 3011 Gulden Street; the masterminds behind Oak Cliff’s Driftwood strike again with Casa Rubia, a modern tapas house with an extensive Spanish wine list scheduled to open mid-October; and Souk, the newest venture of Yaser Khalaf (owner of Baboush and Medina), will transport you directly to Morocco when it also begins serving mid-month … Health-conscious but hungry? Roots Juices offers full-service catering in addition to freshly pressed juices; go to rootspressedjuices.comPakPao packs a punch with its new Suki Sundays menu, making it the only place in town for Thai Suki, a communal-style hot pot and selection of spicy sukiyaki sauces … Raise your glass and toast Eddie “Lucky” Campbell, the new face behind the bar at AbacusBattuto Italian Kitchen on Preston Road rolls out the welcome mat for new executive chef Joel Harloff … Now jumping on the brunch bandwagon: Sissy’s Southern Kitchen serves the Saturday-morning crowd with favorites such as chicken and waffles, biscuits and black-pepper cream gravy, and eggs Sardue … Dallas’ first gourmet food truck, Green House Market, transitions into a full-on restaurant inside NorthPark Center on November 1… Give your sweet tooth a break at Chocolate Secrets & Wine Gardens, now dishing out lunch in between desserts … Get your “Mix-Mex” fix at Genaro’s. Chef Genaro Silva’s new digs on East Mockingbird and Abrams feature Mexican, Latin, Italian and Tex-Mex influences. Will you be brave enough to try the French Kiss Tacos (made with cow’s tongue) when the doors open this month? … On the radar: Healthy takeaway dining spot Snap Kitchen is coming our way, with plans for five new locations by early 2014.