Dallas’ ideal restaurant and best chef topped at 2022 Tastemaker Awards

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Just after weeks of celebrating the greatest dining establishments, bars, cooks, and a lot more in our 2022 CultureMap Tastemaker Awards, the winners are in.

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For months, we’ve dedicated a special editorial series to highlighting nominees in 10 types, which include best restaurants, chefs, bars, and bartenders. A panel of professional judges assisted choose all of the winners, except for Best New Cafe. That was identified by you, our viewers, in a bracket-design tournament.

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In addition to favourite classes like Rising Star Chef of the Year and Neighborhood Restaurant of the Yr, we threw in a scrumptious new wildcard category: Best New Pizza, as Dallas’ pizza scene has exploded with scrumptious new possibilities not long ago.

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On Might 12, the winners were topped at an awards ceremony and tasting event at Fashion Market Gallery, emceed by comedian CJ Starr.

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Now, with no more delay, let’s elevate a glass to the 2022 Tastemaker Award winners:

Soaring Star Chef of the Year: Aldo Lugo, Jose
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Doing work for an acclaimed restaurant such as Jose, the genuine Mexican in the Park Towns helmed by chef AQ Pittman, presents you an automated bump, but sous chef Aldo Lugo, who’s labored at the restaurant for a lot more than two many years, has his very own particular brio. Beyond his culinary abilities, his constructive generous spirit and willingness to always lend a hand have made important contributions to the restaurant’s familial society.

Neighborhood Restaurant of the Calendar year: Hillside Tavern
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This community tavern is the Lakewood entry from the proprietors of Rapscallion, Boulevardier, and Veritas Wine Room, located in out of the blue buzzy Hillside Village, the place they provide bar eats, rigid cocktails, a 40-bottle wine record, TVs, and a pleasant employees. The menu has a Houston’s vibe, with bold versions of classics. Smoked meats are a issue listed here, and chef Nathan Tate is not shy: Look at his smoked bologna sandwich with smoked mortadella, American & provolone cheese on Texas toast. 

Bar of the 12 months: Rattlesnake Bar
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The bar at the ritzy Ritz-Carlton, Dallas has constantly been hailed as a single of the most effective sites for folks-seeing: Concerning area higher-rollers and resort company, it is an entertaining mix, and the bar opens onto the hotel’s lobby, which not only will increase the see-and-be-noticed element but also offers a amazing backdrop. Finest of all, you also get chef Dean Fearing’s signature margarita, top quality spirits, wines, and expertly combined cocktails, moreover excellent bar bites.

Bartender of the Calendar year: Reid Lewis, Atlas
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Lewis has labored at significant nearby cocktail locations these kinds of as Standard Pour and Las Almas Rotas, where she assisted guideline the bar for the duration of challenging pandemic instances. Other noteworthy names on her resume include things like Billy Can Can, Reveler’s Hall, Tower Club, and she’s also partnered with Mijenta Tequila, a maker from Jalisco. She’s a “get matters finished” kind of gal and is putting it all to very good use at Atlas, the cocktail den with globally influenced meals and drink.

Wine Method of the Calendar year: Monarch
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Cafe at the Nationwide setting up in downtown Dallas is a wood-fired modern-day Italian idea imagined by Michelin chef Danny Grant and workforce. The cafe is renowned for its stylish place and expansive views as nicely as its pasta, steaks, and seafood — with a steakhouse-fashion wine listing to match. If you might be on the lookout to splurge on a showpiece bottle, this is the put to do it in 2022.

Pastry Chef of the 12 months: Amy La Rue, Carte Blanche
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La Rue is pastry chef and co-owner of Carte Blanche, the acclaimed bakery-restaurant combo on Greenville Avenue, in which her croissants, doughnuts, crullers, muffins, and cookies have earned her a devout subsequent. She realized croissants and laminated dough although nevertheless in large faculty, when she worked at a bakery-cafe operate by a French emigre. She was presently in the marketplace when she achieved her partner and lover Casey La Rue the two labored at establishments all-around the U.S. in advance of coming to Dallas in 2019.

Brewery of the Yr: Vector Brewing
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Very preferred microbrewery and brewpub in Lake Highlands is a mom-and-pop that serves beer, cider, coffee, stone-baked pizzas, and extra. They opened in 2020, at the height of the pandemic, and now have additional than a dozen innovative brews — how about the red ale they brewed with Funky Picnic from Fort Value, with buckwheat, rice, and koji, commonly made use of to make sake. You can get it in all ways: in 5-ounce tasters, 50 % pours, or whole pours, as well as 16-ounce crowler cans to-go. 

Very best New Pizza: 400 Gradi
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Downtown Italian cafe from Australian chef Johnny Di Francesco works by using upscale genuine elements these kinds of as San Marzano tomatoes in much more than a dozen Neopolitan-design and style pizza kinds. They ferment their dough and pastas for 48 hours in a temperature-managed area. Entrees incorporate branzino, chicken breast with pepperonata and nduja sauce, and mussels in a garlic-chili jus with chargrilled bread. Zero Gradi, a companion gelato store, opened up coming doorway and an additional 400 Gradi will open up in McKinney in 2023.

Greatest New Cafe: Hawkers Asian Road Foods
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Neat notion from Florida is all about Asian road foodstuff: Korean 2 times-fried wings, Seoul scorching chicken bao, and roti canai, a slender flaky pancake served with curry sauce. Cocktails these as the “magari-thai” with tequila, Patron Citronage, mango nectar, and bird’s eye chili have an Asian spin, as properly. They designed their Texas debut in Dallas’ Deep Ellum, with the bar at the front of the cafe to make it come to feel energetic as shortly as you enter.

Chef of the 12 months: Ji Kang, Sloane’s Corner
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Kang is nicely traveled and educated, having gained not only a culinary arts diploma from The Artwork Institutes but also a diploma in finance. He’s staged in Europe and cooked at prestigious New York dining establishments and institutions. In Dallas, he labored at Dish and Samar by Stephan Pyles, just before rejoining Dish founder Tim McEneny as company chef for NL Hospitality Group’s portfolio of restaurants together with Sloane’s Corner, Pizza Leila, and Dakota’s Steakhouse.

Cafe of the Yr: Meridian
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This contemporary Brazilian delicacies from chef Junior Borges is the high-quality-dining spot that’s component of an total slate of places to eat rolled out at The Village, the significant household apartment neighborhood in the middle of Dallas, which executed a combined-use lifestyle project with food and enjoyment in early 2021. The cafe functions Brazilian-impressed dishes, with snacks, cocktails, salads, brioche, or a family-design and style feast from a live-fireplace hearth.