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Dallas Restaurant News: Bits, Bites, And Buzz

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Big buzz I’m hearing: Abraham Salum is putting out some kick sass food at Salum. In particular—okra. Ditto for chef Chad Houser at Parigi. Lots of pleased customers at both restaurants.

The French Room. In Septmeber, wine prices will be slashed in half on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights.  Every wine. Yes, that includes Moet Chandon’s Dom Perignon, Drouhin’s “Marquis de Laquiche” Grand Gru Burgundy, Chateau Latour, Haut Brion, and Chateau D’Yquem.

Cliff Café will reopen “sometime in September” as Smoke and will feature barbecue. The chef is Tim Byres.

John Tesar will be on The Early Show on CBS as the featured “Chef on a Shoestring” this Saturday, August 8. The program airs from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. on CBS, and his segment should air around 7:30 a.m. He will demonstrate a three-course meal that serves four and costs $35 to prepare. This went down from the $40 last year when he appeared. Tesar’s restaurant in The Woodlands is scheduled for a soft opening “in late August.”

Ferrari’s Italian Villa is celebrating the beginning of a new school year by  giving all school aged children complimentary lasagna with the purchase of a regular meal on Tuesday, August 25 from 5:00 p.m.- 9:30 p.m. Both locations.

Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt will open this month at Highland Park Village on August 22.  The concept is self-serve frozen yogurt with at least 12 flavors available each day. Add to that over a dozen fresh fruit toppings and more than 30 snack toppings, plus hot fudge and caramel sauce.

City Cafe owner Karim Alaoui has named Michel Boutemy de Guislain partner.  Michel has gigs at Popolo’s, M Crowd, Pyramid Room, Dallas Country Club, and the gone but never to be forgotten, Riviera.

Sacred Cellars realizes that times are tough but they refuse to allow you to drink bad wine. So, “in the spirit of Always Keeping It Real”, they announce Sacred Cellars’ STEAL OF THE WEEK.  The premise is simple–they present one quality wine each week at an incredibly discounted price (Fox Gordon usually retails for about $20 is now $10!).  Thanks to the miracle of fiber-optic datacommunications, you don’t even have to leave the warmth and security of your dimly-lit computing hovel to secure some really fantastic wines. The responsibility is entirely yours – just simply click here once a week so that you don’t miss out on the latest offering.  They also feature blind tastings on Friday nights. FREE. 214-764-6858.

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