Ryan Barnett's Oyster pot pie, via LTO

Ryan Barnett’s Oyster pot pie, via Kitchen LTO

Chef Norman Grimm’s time at Kitchen LTO is up Feb. 1, and a new chef and concept will take up residence at the “permanent pop-up” restaurant at Trinity Groves next month.

Online voters get to decide who the chef and designer will be. Read about the five potential chefs and three designers and if you like, vote here.

What did the critics say about the first incarnation of Kitchen LTO?

Food critic Leslie Brenner concluded that Kitchen LTO is too big — it has 88 seats — for the chef to create something personal. She wrote that she hopes chefs won’t abandon creativity and daring in favor serving ho-hum but crowd-pleasing dishes to fill seats. The Dallas Observer’s critic, Scott Reitz, liked the claret sour cocktail and the pork belly, but was not sold on the overall concept of Kitchen LTO. There’s still time to try it for yourself through the end of January.