CHEF UNO OF CHINO CHINATOWN AND RED STIX SHARES HER FAVORITE DFW EATERIES
This month we talk to Chef-Owner Uno Immanivong who made a bold statement in Dallas’ culinary scene when the hipster Asian Latin fusion restaurant, Chino Chinatown opened at Trinity Groves in Dallas. Inspired by the Chinatowns of Latin America or Barrios Chinos, Chef Uno’s inventive menu with items like duck breast egg rolls made with Thai basil and Oaxaca cheese continue to intrigue diners. Chef Uno’s latest concept, Red Stix—a fast-casual Asian food stall—recently opened at Legacy Hall in Plano.
What are some of your favorite DFW restaurants?
Here’s my top three that I frequent.
- Tei Tei Robata (Dallas): I’ve been eating here for 15 years. When a night starts at Tei Tei, it’s going to be an amazing night out! The must-haves are the cornflake shrimp, rock seared Kobe steak, yellowtail collar, Chef’s selection sashimi & oysters and miso black cod.
- Nalinh Restaurant & Market (Irving): It’s authentic Laotian and Thai food and as close to comfort food as I can get without having Mom cook. I always crave their papaya salad, crispy chicken wings, fried riblets and sticky rice.
- Town Hearth (Dallas): It’s the newest restaurant on the scene. The service and food is always impeccable. The perfect night starts with a Paper Plane cocktail at the bar. At the table we start with meatballs, poutine tater tots, beef carpaccio, and chef selected oysters. For dinner, a filet, king crab carbonara, fried Brussels sprouts, elotes, tomatoes with onions, and grilled jalapenos. Save room for dessert because the Mud Pie is heavenly.
Where do you take out of towners?
My favorites places listed above or Nick and Sam’s Steakhouse in Dallas. Chef Samir makes every experience memorable and decadent. They have special cuts of meat that can only be found here along with the best mac and cheese.
What makes DFW cuisine unique?
The culture and southern hospitality. Our food is big, bold and rich!
Do you have any local tips for visitors to the area?
Ask the locals! Strike up a conversation because Texans are some of the friendliest people. I personally love going to Klyde Warren Park and grabbing a quick bite from the plethora of food truck options and enjoying the space. It’s a bonus when there are children’s activities there. And of course, the art museums are close enough to walk to.
I also adore the Oak Cliff shopping and dining scene. One of my favorite places for pasta in Oak Cliff is Lucia Dallas, which has about a month wait for reservations. But if you get there right when they open, you can grab a seat at the bar, enjoy a glass of wine and watch the chefs do their magic. After dinner, go next door to Dude, Sweet Chocolate for some amazing chocolates while shopping at the coolest boutiques. Lastly, if you’re looking for a lazy Sunday night spot, head to Sylvan Thirty and go to CiboDivino Marketplace. It’s a little market with authentic Italian options, an affordable wine selection and gelato.
Featured Images of Chinatown, Courtesy: Chef Uno and Instagram.com/ryanp07