Rodeo Goat isn’t the only place with hamburgers on its mind. Hopdaddy Burger Bar celebrates its Texas roots with the Ranch Hand Dan, a chicken patty topped with caramelized onions and bacon. Hurry! It’s only available ’til Feb. 8.

Rodeo Goat also isn’t the only Tarrant-to-Dallas transplant. Eddy Thretipthuangsin of Cowtown’s Bite City Grill will open his latest concept, Kin Kin Urban Thai, by April, taking over the space recently vacated by Cyclone Anaya’s.

And Rodeo Goat also isn’t the only resto making news in the Design District. Richard and Tiffanee Ellman, owners of Oak, Pak Pao and Belly & Trumpet, announced that John Tesar (Knife) will come on board as a chef-partner at Oak. I recently dined at Oak, which has been a jewel of the neighborhood since opening two years ago. Among the highlights currently on the menu are a trio of eggplant dishes — Chinese, Thai and Indian styles, pictured, each with unique and diverse flavor profiles as well as textures and appearances; and a shrimp and lobster bisque that serves as one of the richest bowls this side of King Midas (note the applewood bacon chunks for a salty component). No word on how Tesar may modify the menu, but with the recent shuttering of his seafood resto Spoon, expect the ocean to be well-represented.

Last year, Stephan Pyles told me that he didn’t know how long the Buffalo Gap Wine & Food Summit would continue, but that 2014 would be his last year. Now comes word that the lineup for the annual foodie festival at Perini Ranch Steakhouse outside of Abilene will actually be Pyles and his fellow founders of Southwestern cuisine, Dean Fearing and Robert Del Grande. What a confab that will be! Passes go on sale Feb. 5 for the event April 24–26.

The Lower Greenville renaissance continues. In addition to the already established new spots like Trader Joe’s, Truck Yard, H&G SPLY Co. and Clark Food & Wine, the recently-opened Remedy began lunch service this week, and neighboring C’viche announced its first day will be Feb. 10.

— A.W.J.
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition January 30, 2015.