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As I sat in this restaurant taking in its creative decor and devouring each delicious masterpiece put before me, I realized that by the time I was able to share it with all of you – it would completely change! Kitchen LTO Dallas Texas in the Trinity Groves area is a unique pop-up restaurant concept. While the restaurant location remains the same, its chefs are switched twice per year making this pop-up restaurant a temporary home to up-and-coming chefs and artists.
Kitchen LTO Dallas Texas
Chef Blythe Beck’s Final Run
With less than a month to go in her run as Chef at Kitchen LTO Chef Blythe Beck did not disappoint. Her menu was filled with delicious southern comfort foods and the restaurant decor was whimsical and fun thanks to artist Salma Gottfrie. Chef Blythe Beck is a former reality TV star on Oxygen Network’s The Naughty Kitchen however she’s famous for her love of food and her passion for life! This is probably why I loved eating at Kitchen LTO so much I admire people who inspire me to pursue my passions!
The Kitchen LTO Process – Choosing the restaurant’s next chef
As we sat in Blythe’s and Selma’s LTO inspired restaurant a new set of chefs was already being reviewed and finalists would be shared with public. The process is a Masterchef like challenge where a panel of judges holds a chef tasting and design review. From a very long list of applicants a set of finalists is chosen who are featured on the Kitchen LTO website and all their social media channels. The Dallas community then gets a chance to vote their favourite chefs, who then get to feature their menu and restaurant design for 6 months.
Kitchen LTO – Must Stop Dallas Restaurant
I don’t think I will ever be able to visit Dallas without a stop at Kitchen LTO. The fact that every time you go it is a different restaurant is a very cool concept. Because the process to choose a chef is so rigorous, you are always getting a top-notch up and coming chef’s menu when you visit!
Ok so now I warn you readers – insane food shots ahead! Chef Blythe Beck’s menu was one of those insane food orgasms that just keeps going and going with each course.
Chef Beck’s Appetizers
We started off with homade tortilla’s and this flavourful Queso Travieso. Our waiter also recommended the Chicken Fried Oyster “Rockefeller, which was southern fried goodness on a plate.
Chef Blythe Beck Main courses
The Prosciutto Wrapped Scallops sat on avocado cream with a side of roasted pineapple slaw. Thankfully, it was a very small dish however, it was so rich in flavours that it still filled me up. After nibbling on appetizers and what was coming for dessert I was happy to have a small plate in Texas for a change.
The Quail and Waffles was the meal ordered at the table that I think we all wish we had ordered! It came with a Bourbon Maple Syrup and Jalapeno gravy.
Served with grilled Avacado, Queso Fresco and a Rosted Tomato salad, the corn cakes were also a delicious choice.
Chef Blythe’s Desserts – All of them!
We were treated to a special visit from Chef Blythe Beck herself who decided she would take the difficult decision of what we should order for dessert and make it super easy by bringing them all out!
I think the picture just about covers this one! A Banana pudding gooey sensation layered with love in this mason jar.
This homemade oatmeal cream pie reminded me of home.
More homemade dessert options from Chef Blythe Beck. Everything was just so tasty, we were all just sitting in our own dessert heaven moaning to ourselves.
Even with just a bite from each dessert, it was just so good we couldn’t stop ourselves! I have to admit I had a bit of a sugar coma after this meal.
The fun thing about Kitchen LTO in Dallas is that next time I go or when one of you decides to take me up on my recommendation – it is going to be an entirely different restaurant. Until the end of December of 2015 the new menu is in the hands of chef Anastacia Quinones with a modern mexican theme. While I can’t promise I will be able to visit by the end of the year, I can promise this – the next time I am in Dallas – I’m definitely going back to Kitchen LTO!
If you’ve had the chance to sample Chef Quinones menu I’d love to hear about it! Share your experience in the comments below!
Travel assistance provided by Texas Tourism and the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau, however the opinions expressed in this post are my own. Special thank you to Chef Blythe Beck for visiting our table personally and sharing your amazing love for food with us!