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Wining and Dining with Jim White March 27, 2011

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Lakewood, the Wait for Watel’s Bistro is Over

It’s funny what a late night gas run can reveal.  My wife and I stopped to re-fuel at the Lakewood Texaco last night, and what did our wondering eyes perceive?  Just across the street, the “coming soon” signs were gone, and the bright neon shone the happy realization that Watel’s Bistro is now open for business in the venerated site of the former York Street.  There was much gnashing of teeth and tearing of cloth when Sharon Hage hung up her toque and closed her wildly popular restaurant about six months ago.

Rene Peeters

In short order, the word was out that Rene Peeters, chef and owner for the legendary Watel’s planned to open an upscale casual bistro in the location.  Foodies have been watching the progress for the last couple of months at 6047 Lewis Street.  Tucked in the glamorous setting between the aforementioned convenience store and the Skillman Zuhdi Texaco Garage next door.  This location of Skillman Avenue and Lewis has been Mecca for food lovers for a decade.  It will be interesting to see how Rene’s interesting menu mix of Mediterranean cuisine with a touch of the Middle East and Belgium thrown in for good measure will be received.  The hour was late, and we had no time to dine, so I just popped into Watel’s Bistro to congratulate Rene.  He informed me they had just opened, and told no one.  This takes “soft opening” to a new level.  Although just a couple of diners were enjoying the subtle comfort of the comfortably redesigned dining room when we stopped by, I believe word of mouth in the neighborhood will reverberate until the new restaurant is soon bustling just as York Street was.  It is open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday.  Reservations are available at 214-720-0323.  The menu changes daily with chalkboard specials supplementing the staples.  Rene gave us a copy of the current menu.  Upon review I wished that we had accepted his dinner invitation.  Main dish highlights include Mahi in mild curry and coconut milk, beef kabobs with Mediterranean herbs and couscous, pan roasted scallops, Cuban style pork in onion with orange plantains, a duck breast Tagine, beef hanger steak and bouillabaise.  Starters include Moroccan Chicken, Veal kidneys, and salmon Roesti.  The jewel box of a restaurant only has about 12 tables, and a tiny kitchen.  Ah, but there is magic at this postage stamp sized establishment, and we will definitely be back dining with him often.   We wish Rene well in his new venture.  It’s a welcome addition to the neighborhood.  Here’s a bonus:  if you come for an early dinner, you might be able to get your car inspected or oil changed at the Zuhdi Garage!  Parking is tricky in the neighborhood.  Just a thought.

Savor the Flavor with Jim White, “The Wining and Dining Guy” August 29, 2010

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Scattershooting while wondering what happened to my dining notes

(with a tip of the hat to the great Blackie Sherrod)

Save the Date September 16th.  Or, we could say “SAVOR” the date for our next “Dinner Club with Jim White” special event coming up Thursday September 16th.  As they say in radio, “stay tuned for more details” coming soon!

KRLD Restaurant Week is continuing through September 5th for many of the great participating restaurants.  See the participating restaurants at krld.com.  Help us hit the mark of 100,000 meals served this year to raise $700,000 to benefit the North Texas Food Bank and the Lena Pope Home.

People have asked us the date of Savor Dallas 2011.  Glad to report it will be March 18th and 19th.  Once again, we’ll be celebrating wine, food, spirits and the arts.  We will be returning to the beautiful Dallas Arts District, and the spectacular “International Grand Tasting” will once again be staged in the Sheraton Dallas Hotel.  There are some big surprises planned for our 7th Annual event.  Tickets go on sale October 1st.  See highlights and video from Texas’ largest premium wine and food festival at www.SavorDallas.com.

Best meal deal in town right now is probably the resurrected “Green Room” in Deep Ellum.  How could you beat “Feed Me” from Executive Chef Joel Harloff and BYOB?  Their liquor license is not in place yet, so for the time being, you can bring in wines you like and enjoy the cool scene, the cuisine, and a real value on your wine pairing.  Is this a great country or what?

Taste of the NFL

North Texas Dinner Series

The Taste of the NFL has an appetizing game plan for North Texas and it kicks off long before the Super Bowl ever pulls into town. With the big game coming to Dallas, North Texas chefs have teamed up to create the Taste of the NFL Dinner Series. This series of dinners will coincide with the beginning of the 2010 NFL season and run through mid-November. Proceeds from these dinners benefit the North Texas Food Bank and the Tarrant Area Food Bank.  Read on for the complete schedule.

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