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Michelle Carpenter of Sushi Zen Opens Cajun Restaurant in Oak Cliff

Plus a plush Uptown bar and a Michelin Star chef in The Colony

The five chefs at Restaurant Beatrice stand in a line, photographed outdoors on a patio with stained glass windows on the right side and dark wood window framing. In the center is Chef Michelle Carpenter, and Asian woman, and on the far right is Chef Terance Jenkins, a Black man. They are flanked by three more Black men. All are in black chef clothes.
The chefs at Restaurant Beatrice
Kate Voskova
Courtney E. Smith is the editor of Eater Dallas. She's a journalist of 20 years who was born and raised in Texas, with bylines in Pitchfork, Wired, Esquire, Yahoo!, Salon, Refinery29, and more. When she's not writing about food, she co-hosts the podcast Songs My Ex Ruined.

Cajun and Creole Cooking Comes to Oak Cliff

The long-awaited Restaurant Beatrice, from Sushi Zen owner and executive chef Michelle Carpenter, opens its doors for its first dinner service on Friday, May 6. Carpenter brought on New Orleans native Executive Chef Terrance Jenkins, who moved from The Woodlands to Oak Cliff for the job. The latter previously worked at that city’s premiere Cajun and Creole food destination: Commander’s Palace.

The menu will be heavily Cajun and Creole influenced in honor of Carpenter’s Louisiana “Mammaw.” An announcement on Instagram revealed that Restaurant Beatrice will serve lunch Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., dinner Tuesday through Sunday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., and brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Menu highlights include a Louisiana charcuterie board, fried chicken served with pepper jelly, and vegan green gumbo made in homage to the Queen of Creole cuisine, Leah Chase. Find them at 1111 N. Beckley Ave.

A white bowl full of duck and andouille gumbo sits on a white place with green onions sliced around it. Next to it is a plate of sliced okra.
Duck and andouille gumbo at Restaurant Beatrice
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A Michelin Star Chef Opens Up Namesake Restaurant in The Colony

Chef Akira Back is opening a new outpost of his “Asian fare with American influence” namesake restaurants in The Colony on Friday, May 6. Back has racked up accolades for his restaurants in Las Vegas, Beverly Hills, San Diego and numerous international locations. It will be his most eastern U.S. outpost and his first venture into Texas. This will be a culinary experience worth driving to the suburbs for. Find it in Grandscape at 5765 Grandscape Blvd.

A New Bar Is Coming Next Door to Beverly’s

Beverly’s owner Greg Katz told the Dallas Morning News that he is opening the Clifton Club next door to the Uptown bistro at a date to be announced in 2022. The vibe he’s cultivating is a glamorous hotel bar that is homey enough to feel at home. It will serve cocktails, obviously, and sharable snacks to compliment them. It will be at 3333 N. Fitzhugh Ave.

Maple Street Food Hall Finally Opens

This Medical District food hall that has been in development for three years is finally opening its doors, Culture Map reports. It will feature five concepts with a common space and an outdoor patio. Mai Eats Lao Kitchen & Tropical Juice Bar, La Calle, The Crooked Tree Bar & Beer Garden, and Lala’s Cafe Verde are among the stalls at 4711 Maple St. Some of them are open now. Pop in any time.

A Mediterranean Market Will Open in Legacy West

In late May, Darna, a market and eatery, is coming to Plano. According to a press release, it will feature “chef-curated meat boards, French pastries, Italian Roman style pizza, Turkish flatbreads, Middle Eastern kabobs, Moroccan tagines and Lebanese mezze.” Visitors can dine-in or grab some of their favorite tastes from the Mediterranean to take home from a grab-and-go deli or shop in the on-site market. Darna will also be outfitted with a coffee bar where pastries and desserts will be sold. It will also have a full-service bar for cocktails, wine, and beer. Find it at 7700 Windrose Ave., Ste. G-170.