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Mar 27, 2010 06:08 PM

'celebrity chef' restaurants in Dallas

Visiting TX for a week long trip with 3 days/nights in Dallas/Ft. Worth. Looking for 'celebrity chef' type restaurants. James Beard nominee's, F&W best new chefs/award winners, Bravo top chefs, etc.... For any kind of food. $ no object.

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  1. Sharon Hage (York Street), Dean Fearing (Fearing's), Stephan Pyles, and Tre Wilcox (was on Top Chef, formerly worked at Abacus, he's at Loft 610 now). Two chefs have also been on Iron Chef America: Tim Love (Lonesome Dove) and Kent Rathbun (several restaurants, I'd say go to Abacus).

    You may even want to look into a reservation for 48 nights if that'll fit into your schedule.

    Stephan Pyles
    1807 Ross Suite 200, Dallas, TX 75201

    Loft 610
    5760 State Highway 121 Ste 175, Plano, TX 75024

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    1. re: air

      in my mind stephen pyle's two places (self titled and samar) are the two best places where a chef's vision is represented in the menu. and yes i realize its not just SP's vision or cooking.

    2. If you want the type of place where the chef actually handles your dish and is likely to walk to your table and say hello, York Street may be the best option. I always feel that I experience the chef's vision and touch at York St. Many of the other options are larger establishments (York St. is extra small).

      York St
      6047 Lewis St, Dallas, TX 75206

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      1. re: fixer

        my first instinct was york street, but she (from what i can tell) seems to eschew celebrity. stephen pyles is all about it. and this person asked for celebrity chefs and mentioned tv shows, so i figured that was a big part of the question.

        york street is amazing, never had a bad meal there. they brought my fiance a half piece of cake for her half birthday a few years back!

        1. re: JonFromTJs

          OP originally asked for "celebrity chef TYPE restaurants" I assumed he was dumbing it down a bit in order to get recs based on pop culture chef noteriety common to most. I did not bother to read any of the OP's previous posts but I am assuming OP knows good food is is willing to look beyond popular TV. I could certainly be wrong.

          I dont think OP is going to Spago thinking that wolfgang puck made his/her pizza.

          Fiance, huh? Who's gonna cater the reception? :)

          1459 N Plaza Dr, Granbury, TX 76048

          1. re: fixer

            Tom Colicchio owns the W Hotels 'Craft'. You will remember him from the Top Chef.

            1. re: DallasDude

              "Fiance, huh? Who's gonna cater the reception?"

              anyone we can find who has been on a food TV show...the true mark of a great chef.

      2. Top Chef contestant Otto Borsich recently opened City Hall in Keller.

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        1. re: FoodChic

          Which Season was Otto on. I don't remember him. We are trying the keller place this week-end so just wondering.

          1. re: Analisas mom

            I googled it and think it was season 2. What "impressed" me was he didn't make it past Ep. 2. I'm surprised they'd be touting TC as part of his pedigree with that as a credential. Our server indicated the restaurant is corporately owned by those handling the town houses/apts in back of the center. With that, I'd imagine Otto will move on to other openings before long.

        2. Loved our dinner at Samar last night and tried dishes from all three regions. We had the roasted peppers, the fennel salad, veal tagine, lamb curry, crab fritters and fried chicken. The only dish that was disappointing was the fried chicken and it had great presentation and was cooked perfectly, it simply was a little bland compared to the other dishes. We really enjoyed our dinner and thought it was friendly service, nice space and great food.

          1. PS - was underwhelmed by Fearings when we ate there. At Samar, Stephan Pyle was in the house and friendly, but was focused primarily on the kitchen (as it should be). When I was at Fearings, the food/service was a train wreck and Dean was more about being seen in the dining room versus helping his staff get back on track.

            Stephan Pyles
            1807 Ross Suite 200, Dallas, TX 75201

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            1. re: teejaymoore

              Steven Pyles is THE BEST. Fearings is good too, you should try it again sometime and get the bison.