We love a list and a Best In Dallas list is even better! Today, Dallas chef Oliver Sitrin shares his favorite spots around the city.
Beginning his culinary career at just age 16 with a traditional “British” apprenticeship under Chef Nick Barclay of Barclay’s restaurant in Dallas, Sitrin then went on to graduate from El Centro’s Culinary school. While on his career path to fine dining, he worked in several restaurants in the Dallas area eventually arriving at Abacus, where he became the Catering Chef. After a short break, he followed his passion for cooking at Loft 610 and then to Marquee Grill where he is Sous Chef and butcher. He is currently the Chef and partner at Blind Butcher where he creates “fun meat-centric dishes in a gastro pub atmosphere.”
You can see him at the Beats and Eats event on Aug. 10 at the Granada Theatre where he will prepare you a 4-course dinner with complimentary cocktail pairings while you listen to a live performance of Tomar & The FC’s. You can buy tickets for the event here.
Foodie Favorite: Kalachandji‘s
“If you have not been, GO!” Sitrin said. “It’s great. It is a vegetarian- Indian buffet that I have been going to ever since I was about 14 or 15 years old (over 23 years). The ambiance is lovely and the food is great (tip- get the tamarind drink!!)”
Cocktail Culture: Victor Tangos
Sitrin said he always gets the pepper smash. He said that Victor Tangos has “great food, great cocktails, and great service.”
The drink has gin, red bell pepper, mint, lemon, and clover honey in it.
“The streets are my favorite art gallery,” Sitrin said. “Dallas has a few graffiti spots that really inspire my style. I love to explore and see who is writing in our city. Graffiti is a lot like good food; you create something amazing that touches people and invokes emotion and that is art, then it’s gone in minutes – only to be experienced by those who were lucky enough to see it and taste it.”
Decor Destination: Lula B‘s
“Lula B’s is my favorite,” Sitrin said. “My wife is my interior designer and personal stylist. She really has an eye for cool old vintage and mid-century modern decor.”
This popular spot is a favorite among Best in Dallas alums!
On The Move: Skate Parks
Dallas has many parks, and many of the nearby cities also have skate parks. Popular places to skate are at Lakeland Hills Park in Dallas, The Edge at Allen Skate Park which is the largest skate park in Texas, and Alliance Skate Park in Grand Prairie.
“Dallas and the surrounding area has a bunch of cool skate parks,” Sitrin said. “That’s my kind of workout – skateboarding”
Images Courtesy Oliver Sitrin, Kalachandji’s Restaurant & Palace, Victor Tangos, Lula B’s, Dallas Observer, Dallas Morning News.