Blind Butcher's Oliver Sitrin. [Photo: Joy Zhang]
Since the Blind Butcher made its debut on Lower Greenville early this year, chef Oliver Sitrin has quickly made a name for himself as a master of meat, turning out some of the city's most impressive housemade charcuterie, a constantly-rotating array of handmade sausages, and of course that ridiculous duck poutine that has won the hearts and stomachs of many. But man cannot live on meat alone, and so perhaps it's not that much of a shocker that Sitrin occasionally goes for a vegetarian meal on his off time. Read on as Sitrin spills on where he eats when he's not in the kitchen at Blind Butcher (including where he's had the best Thai food since taking a trip to Thailand last year):
Where do you go for a quick lunch?
We usually make a staff meal for lunch.
Where/what do you eat afater you get off work late?
My girlfriend's peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
Where do you like to drink, and what do you usually order?
At Blind Butcher, a Gin Radler, which is a Stiegl Radler [an Austrian beer/grapefruit soda combo] with a shot of Waterloo gin in it. At Goodfriend, whatever they have that is new on tap. Or the Old Monk, I'll have whatever's on rotator.
Favorite breakfast or brunch place?
Boulevardier — best brunch, great service, great drinks, great food. And Goldrush Cafe — a greasy spoon, and just a place that I've gone to for a long time and you know what you're going to get. Sometimes that includes a pretty hilarious conversation from the regulars in the booth behind you.
Best date night destination?
Carbone's. Food is great, casual setting, and it's affordable.
What's your favorite pizza place?
Greenville Avenue Pizza Company — it's right next door [to the Blind Butcher].
Do you have a favorite burger in town?
Dairy-ette... with a root beer, of course.
Any other favorite Dallas places?
Kalachandji's for some nice atmosphere and great vegetarian food. Vietnam for pho and pork eggrolls. CrushCraft is the best Thai food I've had since I went to Thailand last year. Old Monk for fish and chips. The Grape always has good food. Bistro B for banh mi. Bubba's for Fried Chicken. Aw Shucks for crab legs and the fried shrimp basket.