Sweet potato pie at Oddfellows

Lockhart Smokehouse is opening a second location in old downtown Plano. Co-owner Jill Bergus tells Culturemap Dallas she loves that neighborhood too:

“We live in Far North Dallas, and we’ve been gong to Jorg’s Cafe Vienna for years,” she says. “Now Jorg is our new best friend, because we talk about the neighborhood. It reminds us of Bishop Arts, with the urban environment of people walking around and stumbling in. And that area is bereft of barbecue. There are a few places on the west by the Tollway, but there really isn’t anything over there.”

Advocate senior editor Keri Mitchell offers this report from Oddfellows:

Oddfellows has expanded its coffee menu to a tri-fold brochure, rather than a short list of drinks. The restaurant added a couple of items to its coffee offerings, but mostly the menu expounds on its current offerings, making the drinks easier to decipher for those of us who aren’t coffee experts. (Perhaps those baristas grew tired of explaining the difference between a macchiato and a latte.)

On the back of the coffee menu is a new “sweet treats” menu with items such as Nutella cheesecake and an Oddfellows ding dong. When we dined there for Sunday brunch this week, a chef walked by with a slice of sweet potato pie, explaining that he had cut it too small and needed someone to try it. Obviously, we volunteered. It was just the right amount of sweet and had a yummy cinnamon roll dumpling crust. It was served cold, perfect for summer, but in the fall and winter, we would prefer it warm.

Fork Fight is like Trinity Groves’ version of Iron Chef. It’s a series of dinners in which restaurants planned for the West Dallas development compete against one another. The first version — Souk vs. Casa Rubia — is tonight, July 10. But Kitchen LTO vs. Chino Chinatown is July 18. Amber Jax vs. Saint Rocco is July 25. And  Luck vs. Resto Gastro Bistro is Aug. 1. Tickets cost $75 and include cocktails, two appetizers, two salads, two entrees and two desserts, one from each competitor.