Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Sample food from 8 soon-to-come restaurants in Trinity Groves
Get a taste in July and August.
DALLAS Trinity Groves, the development at the base of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in West Dallas, is currently home to a handful of already-open local businesses, such as Four Corners Brewing Co and Babb Bros BBQ. By year’s end, at least 10 other restaurants and food-related shops will be firing up their ovens.
Trinity Groves is the project of Phil Romano, the Dallas restauranteur who started Romano's Macaroni Grill, and two partners. They aim to bolster West Dallas with a development that is slated to include a bowling alley, boutiques, a park, and — its most talked about feature — a "restaurant incubator." The restaurants are designed to suit a variety of eaters: Patrons could buy a meal from seafood market, have dinner made by a celebrity chef, or even haggle over restaurant décor.
The public can try eight of these restaurants, before they open, in a series of cook-offs in July and August. Then, a few other shops, like Kate Weiser Chocolate, will open by the end of 2013.
The Fork Fight Battle begins Wednesday, July 10, and pits two forthcoming restaurants against one another. A ticket to each round ($75) buys two four-course meals, including an appetizer, salad, entrée, and dessert from each competing chef. The Fork Fight Battles are seated dinners with cocktails, and begin at 7 p.m. on Thursdays (excluding the first battle, which is on a Wednesday).
Tickets to all eight throw-downs can be purchased as a package for a discounted rate of $500, and tickets must be purchased in advance.
The following eight restaurants are scheduled for battle over the next two months, bracket-style, until one winner is crowned. See full schedule here.
Let’s look at each restaurant:
Amber Jax Fish Market Grille — Amber Jax will be part sit-down restaurant, part fresh fish market. The unique thing here is the menu, or more accurately, the lack thereof. Patrons will able to pick from a list of daily, often Cajun specials, or choose a fish from the market and dictate how they would like it prepared. Expect a wide array of southern-style sides, too.
Casa Rubia — Driftwood chef Omar Flores is bringing modern tapas to the neighborhood. The menu of small plates will stick closely to Spanish dishes like croquettes, and chefs will use modern cooking techniques in preparation, said owner Jonn Baudoin. Casa Rubia will serve strictly Spanish wine and beer, as well as a large selection of sherry.
Chino Chinatown — Reality television contestant Uno Immanivong worked with cocktail connoisseur Adrian Verdin in creating this fusion restaurant. Described by Immanivong as "Asian food inspired by Latin flavors," Chino Chinatown incorporates a variety of herbs, peppers, and tropical fruits into its small plates, alongside handcrafted cocktails.
Kitchen LTO — North Texans recently picked Chef Norman Grimm, formerly executive chef of Acme F&B, to curate the menu for a four-month stint at Kitchen LTO. The name stands for "Limited Time Only," and after Grimm's allotted four months, another concept gets to move in. Grimm's restaurant will be upscale, serving modern French cuisine with an emphasis on fish and beef dishes.
LUCK — LUCK stands for Local Urban Craft Kitchen. Though local craft beer is an ingredient in most of the plates on the menu, the meals won't give you a buzz. LUCK will use local beer and infuse it into things like salsa and ice cream to create unique flavor profiles. The restaurant doesn't have a specific style, however, part owner and chef Jeff Deitzman said it will include comfort food and Latin and American cuisine.
Resto Gastro Bistro — This restaurant takes upscale dining down to a more casual environment as well as a more moderate price, according to general manager Linda Mazzei. Chefs will serve American-style food subtly influenced by other cultures such as French and Asian cuisine. Expect a rustic setting.
Saint Rocco’s — This mysterious New York style Italian restaurant will feature classic dishes. We'll update you with more information soon.
Souk — A Mediterranean concept, Souk is named for the Hebrew word for “open-air market.” And true to the definition, this sit-down restaurant will, in part, function like a market. Owner Yaser Khalaf said that aside from purchasing lunch or dinner — an offering of traditional Mediterranean, North African, and Middle Eastern dishes — patrons will also be able to buy any of the store’s spices or furniture on the spot. They'll even let you haggle.
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