In the latestÂ Forbes magazine, Dallas is listed as the fourth most billionaire-populous city in the U.S., and ninth overall in the world. Makes sense: Dallas is a high-tech mecca, an oilman’s paradise (Houston didn’t make the top 10) and is home to the highest high-end retailer on the planet (Neiman Marcus). Our real estate market, famously, has not tanked like other cities. There’s money here, no doubt.
So what accounts for this backward jibe: “Where do Dallas’ wealthiest dine? World-class chefs like Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio and sushi maestro Nobu Matsuhisa have set up lavish outposts in this unlikely gourmet destination.” (Italics mine.)
What is so unlikely about Dallas as a gourmet destination? Does Forbes’ editor not read Esquire, which has twice in a row named Dallas restaurants the best in the country? Does his idea of Southwestern cuisine begin and end with pale imitator Bobby Flay, instead of with Stephan Pyles, Avner Samuel and Dean Fearing (two of whom were owners of the top Esquire restaurants, not by accident)? How many four-star hotel restaurants does one city need before it’s considered a likely destination? It’s not all barbecue and enchiladas down here, guys; we’ve even been known to drink white wine.