AT&T Discovery District adds new restaurants with serious chef power – Showcase Food Hall in downtown Dallas gets a makeover

AT&T Discovery District adds two new restaurants with real chef appeal to The Exchange dining room. If the mere mention of names like Caroline Perini, Miley Holmes and Joshua Harmon awakens your foodie antenna, you’re in good company. Easy Slider’s cult burgers and Birdie’s delicious Korean Fried Chicken creations will add a major food powerhouse to this downtown Dallas neighborhood.

The first to open will be Birdie. Harmon’s new restaurant concept centers on completely redesigned and improved fried chicken fillets and fried chicken sandwiches, as well as signature sauces and sides. It is set to debut on Monday, May 23.

This will be followed by Easy Slider, which is scheduled to open on Wednesday, June 1. Its menu consists of classic sides and inventive sliders (not your basic burgers) inspired by Perini’s Texas roots and Miley’s obsession with all things Southern.

The Exchange at AT&T Discovery District has proven its prowess in the food hall game, bringing in some remarkable talent. Diners can sample many cuisines, from the quintessential lobster roll at The Dock to octopus tacos from James Beard semi-finalist Regino “Gino” Rojas at his Revolver Taco location inside the lobby.

The Exchange Dining Hall adds new restaurants and makes some improvements.

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Harmon is no stranger to accolades. They seem to follow him wherever he goes for good reason. I once called him a “mad scientist” and I stand by it. Harmon’s penchant for pushing boundaries, combining unexpected flavors and fermenting almost anything keeps her kitchen at the cutting edge of technology.

He cut his teeth at some of New York’s finest restaurants, including The Dutch, Le Cirque and Buddakan. Harmon has cooked at several restaurants named by James Beard, including Petra and The Beast in Dallas. He also won Restaurant rivals on the Food Network in 2019.

The first iteration of birdie briefly landed in Fort Worth as BirdieBop, the foodie component of the short-lived The Moon on Berry Street. It features Southern, Korean and Japanese influences with menu items such as Crispy Chicken Steamed Buns and Korean Spicy Honey Chicken. The chicken is sous vide cooked in a Southern brine, then fried and fully dipped in a spicy and sweet Korean sauce. Sides include a Hawaiian macaroni salad.

“We’re trying to raise the bar in terms of what a chicken holding place can be,” Josh Harmon said in a statement. “We will be offering unique items such as different flavors of Kool-Aid slushies and a chicken cracker which we only make on Sundays.”

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easy slider, started as a food truck in 2011 and has since grown into four food trucks, a full-service restaurant and bar in Deep Ellum, a location inside Grapevine’s Harvest Hall and now this hall’s new location Discovery District restaurant. Easy Slider regularly draws the longest lines at food festivals like the Fort Worth Food & Wine Festival.

Easy’s Sweet & Lowdown slider was even featured in Texas Monthly Ranking the 50 best burgers in Texas. It is made with certified Angus beef topped with goat cheese, strawberry jam and bacon. Yes, it’s anything but your routine burger.

Easy Slider brings burger magic to Dallas’ Discovery District.

“The Exchange is downtown Dallas’ go-to culinary destination and we are thrilled to join the team,” Caroline Perini said in a statement. “We look forward to being part of some of the best independent restaurants in town.”

Other Easy Slider favorites include the French Revolution topped with grilled onions, prosciutto, Gruyere and Dijon mustard – and The Notorious PIG filled with thick bacon, shredded ham, Havarti cheese and pear chow chow .

The Food Hall Shuffle

Easy Slider will be located on the first floor of The Exchange, taking over the former Bobbers Burger space. Bobbers didn’t leave, it just moved to the neighboring concept of The Exchange – the JAXON Texas Kitchen & Beer Garden. You’ll find Bobbers’ food in “The Shack at JAXON”, which is located in the beer garden area.

Ichi Ni San, which was previously located on the second floor, will move down to the first floor with a renowned spot called Ichi, serving poke bowls and sushi.

The second floor of the dining room will become Attalie, with rotating chef concepts as well as a private dining room. The first guest chef will be Misti Norris, who will take over the space from June to July with a restaurant called Stepchild. It will serve dinner from Thursday to Sunday.