We love a list and a Best in Dallas list is even better! Today, Dallas transplant Chef Brad Phillips of Asador settles into the Dallas scene and shares his favorite local picks:
Growing up in Ohio, Chef Brad has two passions: playing sports and food. After blowing his knee out and hanging up his helmet after dreaming of playing for the Cleveland Browns, he decided to spend the rest of his life in a kitchen and not on the football field. Brad set off on a foodie journey, determined to find his place in the culinary community. He studied hard at the Culinary Institute of America and landed himself an interview with celebrated Florida-based and culinary guru Chef Dean Max. With a mutual love for local farm-to-table food, Brad has been working for Dean ever since from Ohio to South Florida and from Grand Cayman to the Big D. Now a chef at the Renaissance Hotel’s Asador restaurant, he fuses contemporary Texas and Latin American cuisines using artisanal “farm to fire” ingredients.
We’re here with today’s Best In Dallas list, courtesy of Chef Brad, as he preps for his Chef’s Harvest Dinner at Asador. Locally inspired, this three-course family-style dinner is paired with wine (swoon!) and takes place on Wednesday, Nov. 16.
When he’s not tasting new menu items in the Asador kitchen, Chef Brad spends his time at CBD Provisions, Dallas’ downtown American brasserie. “I love that place,” he told us, “from the roasted pig head, to how they prepare their vegetable sides.” The restaurant uses ingredients from local farmers, similar to what they do at Asador, something that is important to the chef.
Artistic Addiction: Deep Ellum
The creative culture of Deep Ellum really resonates with Chef Brad. “When I’m walking to Deep Ellum,” he said, “I love looking at the murals painted under the overpass, adjacent to the Deep Ellum Urban Gardens.” Commissioned by the city years ago, local artists have made their mark on the Deep Ellum community with an eclectic array of urban paintings.
“Top Golf is great because you can mix playing golf, having a few beers and watching sports all at the same time,” Chef Brad told us of his favorite leisurely getaway. Located on Park Lane, Top Golf is fun for the whole family and makes for a unique date night.
Right next door to Chicken Scratch is The Foundry, one of Chef Brad’s favorite Dallas hangouts. With simple drinks and strong pours, the watering hole is affordable and laid-back. “It’s everything you like,” he told us, “cold beer, friendly staff, corn hole, and occasional live music. I honestly do love that place!” You can find the chef hanging out at a picnic table or inside their quirky outdoor storage containers.
Brain Candy: Local First
“Of course, my biggest passion is food,” said the chef candidly. “I take any opportunity I can get to go to local farms, meet the farmers and see the products we buy on a daily basis.” His farm to table mentality inspires him to create unique culinary masterpieces at Asador. “I spend so much time talking to these farmers every day on the phone, it’s nice to see them face to face and spend some time talking food.”
Headshot courtesy of Asador. Image 1 courtesy of CBD Provisions. Image 2 courtesy of The NY Post (artist Jerod Detox Davies). Image 3 courtesy of Ben and Kelly Photography. Image 4 courtesy of Healthy Living In The City. Image 5 courtesy of AgriCULTURE.