Monday, June 24, 2013
FT33 and Spoon Bar & Kitchen credited as best new restaurants for wine and food
The Dallas restaurants were included on annual best-of lists from Wine Enthusiast and Condé Nast Traveler.
DALLAS Dallas is already home to one of the world’s best beer places, and it was just spotlighted as the hub of one of the top 100 wine destination restaurants in the country.
The Wine Enthusiast list evaluated restaurants in part on their ability to pair wine and food. At FT33, the editors recommend chowing down on the uni and chive pancakes with yuzu kosho and bonito aioli while sipping a glass of Pierre Henri Morel’s 2010 white Côtes du Rhône Villages from Laudun.
FT33 opened in October 2012. Other Texas restaurants on the 2013 list include Congress (Austin, Texas), Inn at Dos Brisas (Washington, Texas), and Vino Vino (Austin, Texas). Last year, Pappas Bros. Steakhouse was the only Dallas establishment to make Wine Enthusiast’s list.
Condé Nast Traveler also recently released its annual list of the world’s best new restaurants, among them one Dallas fine dining spot. Spoon Bar & Kitchen, helmed by former Top Chef contestant John Tesar, was chosen by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution restaurant critic John Kessler as one of the nine best new foodie spots in the South.
Kessler praised Spoon for its quality of seafood, stating, “It’s quite astounding to find such hamachi and char in landlocked Dallas — and in a high-end Preston Road-area strip mall no less.” His intrigue with the restaurant included its clientele -- “glittery Dallas ladies” indulging in oysters and champagne. Ultimately, however, Kessler was won over by the technique and precision with which former Mansion on Turtle Creek chef Tesar prepares his dishes.
Kessler recommends the grilled octopus with crispy pork belly, black garlic, piquillo peppers, and avocado.
Two other Texas hot spots from Houston made the list: the seasonally-inspired veggie haven Oxheart and the family-style Latin fusion Underbelly.
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