The restaurant was thought up long before its opening, when owners Jim and Cindy Hughes were young newlyweds in Omaha, Neb. A friend of theirs owned a restaurant that was closing called Bread Winners. Before the couple moved to Dallas, they bought the name for $1, with the intent of someday opening their own location.
The Hughes settled into their apartment in Uptown, before it was known as Uptown, and noticed a restaurant called Verlaine’s on the corner of McKinney and Hall, whose quirky charm and proximity to downtown sparked their interest. Verlaine’s was in the process of closing, so the Hughes purchased it, made some renovations, and opened for business 20 years ago.
Bread Winners started out with 10 employees and a nearly empty bank account. The cafe now boasts four locations, 450 employees, and corporate catering services. All four of the Hughes’ children have worked in the restaurant, along with both sets of their parents. Bread Winners has won several local awards for its menu and bakery items, and has developed SoleMates, organic treats for pets.
The cafe is celebrating this milestone by hosting a cake ball challenge, which will provide four lucky customers with free Bread Winners for a year. For more information about the contest, visit the restaurant’s website.
It’s Thursday. You’ve probably seen “#tbt” on your kids’ (or grandkids’) Facebook page. What does that mean? It means “throwback Thursday,” and that’s exactly what Ziziki’s in Preston Forest is doing with their prices. Because the restaurant is celebrating its 20th year in operation, they have decided to “throwback” certain entrees to their original prices on certain days. But, this offer is only good if you like their Facebook page. Check it out:
July 17: Chicken salad lunch ($8.95) or chicken souvlaki dinner ($10.95)
July 24: Lamb souvlaki for lunch ($8.95) or dinner ($12.95)
July 31: Greek gods platter — back for one day only! ($22.95, two-person minimum)
YUM. OK, now I’m in the mood for Greek food. See ya there.
Preston Hollow restaurateur Pat Snuffer has announced plans to re-enter the business this fall, when he and his son, Mike, will open a new concept at the southwest corner of Preston and Frankford in far north Dallas.
Snuffer, of course, is best known for the iconic burger restaurant (with the awesome cheddar fries) that bears his name, starting on Lower Greenville and eventually expanding to other spots in the Dallas area, including Preston Center. But after a legal dispute last year with another Preston Hollow restaurateur, Mike Karns, he was forced to give up ownership in Snuffer’s as well as relinquish the rights to build a new place at the Lower Greenville site.
The new restaurant, by the way, won’t be “another burger joint,” according to Snuffer, but will instead feature burgers, pizza, Tex-Mex, and a full-service bar.
Thursday at 11 p.m., Twisted Root Burger Co. will appear on the debut episode of FYI’s “World Food Championships” reality show. The Dallas-based burger joint attended the cooking competition in Las Vegas, along with 300 other professional chefs, restaurants, and home cooks from all over the world, to compete for its share of the $300,000 prize purse.
Think you’ve got the culinary skills to strike it rich on World Food Championships? Enter to compete in this year’s competition.
In honor of National Cheese Day, Ziziki’s at Preston Forest hosted a “Cheese Day Tasting” on Wednesday. The event was complete with wine pairings, selections of feta cheese, and special guest Rich Rogers from Scardello Artisan Cheese. Oh, and don’t forget about the kalamata olives.
Though you may have missed National Cheese Day, it’s never too late to pop over for some Greek food on a summer day.
That certainly sounds like reason to celebrate, and the folks at the new Top Pot Doughnuts location at the intersection of Hillcrest and Northwest Highway are doing just that.
The store, which opened this spring, is launching a canned-food drive in association with the North Texas Food Bank. The eatery also will hold a drawing at 8 a.m. for the chance to win a dozen doughnuts each month for a year. Registration starts at 6:30 a.m. for that.
By the way, National Doughnut Day traces its roots back to World War I, when the Salvation Army “Doughnut Dollies” served them up in huts near the front lines. The day was established officially, if you can say that, in 1938.
Popular musician Dave Tanner will be putting on summer performances starting tonight at the gazebo in the Preston Royal Southwest shopping center.
The singer and keyboardist will perform starting at 7:30 p.m. every Wednesday, all summer long. Every show is free and open to the public. Audience members can order food and drinks from surrounding restaurants such as Ruggeri’s, Natalie’s, Saucy Thai & Pho, and more!
That means the seafood eatery, as part of its First Tuesdays donation program, will donate 15 percent of its June 3 proceeds to FACP. That’s tomorrow, for those without a calendar handy.
In a delicious battle for culinary supremacy, Frost Insurance Agency was named the grand champion in the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce Big D BBQ Battle on April 24 at Valley View Center.
The Dallas company also won first place in the brisket category at the fundraiser, which benefited the North Texas Food Bank. Other category winners included Atmos Energy (ribs) and Childress Engineering (beans).
The judging panel included Dallas City Council members Lee Kleinman and Sheffie Kadane, Dallas County commissioners Mike Cantrell and Theresa Daniel, and former NFL quarterback Brad Wright, among others.
Preston Hollow’s own Richard and Tiffanee Ellman — owners of Oak, Pakpao, and Belly and Trumpet — have received critical acclaim throughout the years for the three restaurants. Richard said traveling around the world with his wife was part of their inspiration.
Q: When did your love for food start?
A: I think that I have been fortunate enough to travel — both for work and pleasure — throughout my life, and travel, for me, has been synonymous with eating all different cuisines and styles of food and being exposed to great food all over the world. I think that was certainly part of it. My mom was a great cook, so I was fortunate to grow up in a house where I ate good food. I think I’ve grown up with an appreciation for great food my whole life.
Q: Is there a country or place you’ve visited where the food stood out?
A: I have traveled a lot in my life, and when I got married, my wife and I started traveling together. She also has a passion for food in the same way I do, and is, I think, someone who would consider herself to be somewhat particular about food and is always adventurous when it comes to trying new things and exploring new cuisines. So I think, together, when we decided to open Oak, it was really an effort to bring together some of our different thoughts and ideas that we had traveling together and that I had had throughout my life. Our two restaurants, Oak and Belly and Trumpet, are fairly global in their approach, and there are cuisines that are representative of different countries around the world. And, of course, Pakpao is Thai, and my wife is half-Thai, and I have spent a fair amount of time in Thailand, and I think we were also exposed to the different aspects of Thai cuisine when we traveled together — and not just Asian, but in Australia and New Zealand. We wanted to do a fresh approach to Thai cuisine, that we hadn’t really seen, in Pakpao.
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