There's a fancy new barbecue restaurant with an emphasis on craft, coming to Dallas' Greenville Avenue. Called Oak'd BBQ, it's opening in the Old Town Shopping Center, at 5500 Greenville Ave. #1300. This is the space once occupied by Bonchon, the Korean chicken restaurant, but more recently a location of Mediterranean buffet chain DiMassi's, which is sad, since DiMassi's is really good.
A representative from the restaurant said that more information would be forthcoming, but that the location is currently under construction, and is slated to open in the spring. A Facebook page has been created to chart its progress.
Oak'd BBQ describes itself as a chef-driven, hand-crafted barbecue restaurant featuring locally sourced meats and sides. The owners include a small group, and the chef is a Culinary Institute of America grad with 30-plus years of experience.
They'll specialize in brisket, "infused with the vanilla-tinged flavor of Texas Post oak smoke and cradled in a peppery bark." They'll also offer a variety of Central-Texas-style smoked meats, plus gourmet sides, desserts made in house.
There'll be an in-house pastry chef, an unusual extravagance for a barbecue joint, who will bake items daily including pies, seasonal cobblers, bread pudding, ice cream, and artisan breads.
There'll be oak-smoked Waygu and prime briskets; pastrami, and salads.
In addition to some classic sides, they'll do seasonal items as well, such as balsamic-roasted Brussels sprouts with smoked almonds, caramelized shallots, and dried cherries.
They've also consulted with radio power couple Allen and Kellie Rasberry-Evans to create a signature menu item: It's a pulled pork sandwich with sausage, bacon, coleslaw, and a slightly spicy Carolina sauce, since Kellie is from South Carolina. It'll be served on a white-and-black seeded bun and topped with pickles. Great-looking pickles, if you judge by the photo.
The couple will also host a podcast at the restaurant called "240 Degrees in the Pit."
The restaurant promises to be an oasis in a fairly urban area, thanks to a full bar and a tree-covered patio featuring two mighty oaks, where they'll also host live music. The patio will also be home to outdoor smokers - each of which has its own name. Aww.