Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Smyth, Spoon and Stampede 66 deemed buzz-worthy by national publications
Note to restaurateurs: Name your restaurant with an "S."
DALLAS Dallas’ food and drink scene is earning national recognition as of late.
This week two local restaurant made the cut for Esquire magazine's “Best New Restaurants 2013.” The publication accredited chef John Tesar's seafood restaurant Spoon Bar & Kitchen for its “innovative food and sophisticated, casual ambiance.” Earlier this summer, Condé Nast Traveler dubbed Spoon one of the best new establishments in the South.
Stampede 66, the brainchild of culinary celebrity Stephan Pyles, also made Esquire’s list. Critic John Mariani praised the décor as well as the food, enthralled by the restaurant's refined comfort food.
“Anyone who can’t wrap his arms around this food is likely without a pulse,” he wrote.
You’ve probably passed the spot while perusing Knox Street, but didn’t notice. The speakeasy-style enclave lacks any signage and requires both buzz-in access to the building and a reservation. But it’s this exclusivity that landed Smyth among the Zagat list with 18 other bars across the nation, along with the fact that there is no drink menu. Mixologists customize drinks based on customers’ preferences.
Smyth was the only Dallas establishment on Zagat's list. Wright Bros Brew and Brew and ABGB in Austin, and The Pastry War in Houston were also deemed buzz-worthy.
(It’s worth noting that Zagat’s credibility has been questioned in recent years. The company was acquired in 2012 by Google, and is expanding its web presence to compete with other consumer review sites like Yelp and Urban Spoon.)
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