Dallas Restaurants Score James Beard Award Nods

By Farah Fleurima  |  February 19, 2014

This morning, the James Beard Foundation announced this year’s list of chef and restaurant semifinalists, and several of Dallas’ top restaurants are represented.

Omar Flores and Jonn Beaudoin’s Trinity Groves tapas stop, Casa Rubia, earned a nod for Best New Restaurant, which is a considerable kudo for the eatery that opened just a few months ago. Considerable but not surprising: we’ve long enjoyed Driftwood's cuisine (the Flores/Beaudoin concept in Oak Cliff) and our taste of Casa Rubia revealed Flores’ usual panache with fresh ingredients.

Semifinalists in the Best Chef: Southwest category include Matt McCallister from the Design District’s creative farm-to-fork hub FT33; John Tesar, from Park Cities seafood restaurant Spoon; and David Uygur from the Bishop Arts’ fine Italian-cuisine hit Lucia.

In the Outstanding Service category, Kent Rathbun’s flagship fine-dining establishment, Abacus, earned a nomination, as did The Mansion Restaurant. Las Colinas’ Café on the Green at Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas scored a nod for Outstanding Wine Program.

The Foundation will announce final nominees in Chicago on March 18. Last year’s James Beard Dallas semifinalists (Teiichi Sakurai of Tei-An, Jason Maddy of Oak and Nick Badovinus of Neighborhood Services) unfortunately didn’t proceed to finalist status, so we’re wishing for the best for each and every one of this year's home-grown talents.