The Commissary: Chef John Tesar’s Burgers and More – Dallas


The Commissary in One Arts Plaza opened on the 20th, so I ran by and took some snaps of the goods.


^ My pal John Tesar makin’ it happen in The Commissary kitchen.

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^ Opening Night: they hit the ground running!


Commence drooling.

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^ The Farmer: fried duck egg and speck on brioche bun with eschire butter and white Vermont cheddar. This is so stupid good – resistance is futile.

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^ The Dallas: roasted poblanos and pepper jack cheese and BBQ sauce on a sesame seed bun; ^ The Rib braised short rib, collard greens horseradish mayo on brioche bun.


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^ The Magic Burger: aged cheddar, apple wood smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, red onion and pickles on a toasted English muffin.

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^ The Tail End: braised pigs tail, ground pork, ground beef, and topped with roasted pork belly, green tomato chutney and jalapeño mayonnaise on a brioche bun; and the ^ The BIG TEX: ancho chili rubbed, salsa cruda, avocado relish and pickled jalapeños with chipotle mayo on a sesame seed bun.


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^ Tempura Onion Rings; ^ Jalapeño Fries – Disco Style (big hit with our table).

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Another ^ Dallas; and ^ Big Tex.

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^ West Coast: lettuce, tomato, avocado, jack cheese and bacon with Special Sauce on a sesame seed bun; and another ^ The Farmer – just because it’s so awesome.


^ Yes, please.

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^ KOBE Beef Hot Dog with chili, cheese, onions and sauerkraut; and the ^ Commissary Grilled Cheese: chiabta bread, mezzo seco, cave aged gruyere and fromage blanc fines herbs.


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^ Classic Caesar with Parmesan crouton; ^ Paula Lambert mozzarella, vine ripe tomato, basil pesto, and Spicer arugula.

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^ Guac; and ^ Parmesan Popcorn.

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^ Corn meal fried Oysters; ^ JT’s Mac & Cheese.

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^ Tartare Tostada; ^ White Lasagna with fried eggplant and Paula’s ricotta cheese. 

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^ Mortadella Spuma with grilled Tuscan bread crostini; and a Salumi Plate.

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Pastry Chef Corey Thomson’s ^ Lemon Tart with Toasted Meringue & Lemon Ice Cream; and ^ Pistachio & Strawberry Financier with Strawberry Ice Cream. (also a Chocolate & Hazelnut tart with Caramelized Bananas & Chocolate Sorbet in the BG.)

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^ some of Sommelier Scott Barber’s selections.

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^ The kitchen is open Late Night; and a look at “The Table,” Tesar’s Chef’s Room – coming in May.


This place rocks… One Arts Plaza‘s brilliant Tei-An has a cool new neighbor.

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