La Bodega slings natural rotisserie hen and fries to-go on West eighth


Photographs by Rachel Stone

A touring companion’s picky-eating behavior of ordering rotisserie hen and fries each night time from a nook store close to their lodging in Sevilla, Spain, impressed Oak Cliff native Skye McDaniel’s takeout restaurant idea within the Bishop Arts District.

“I used to be like, ‘That slaps,’” she says of these constant Spanish meals her companion most popular to her each day meals adventures.

La Bodega opened this week with an idea geared to neighbors who need to choose up weeknight meals for his or her households. That’s why it’s closed Friday-Saturday. McDaniel says she may contemplate opening on Fridays sooner or later, however the plan is to stay closed on Saturdays.

That’s uncommon within the restaurant business, however McDaniel says it is sensible for her idea. It additionally provides her group a relaxation on Bishop Arts’ busiest day, when parking is bonkers. The store reopens at 3 p.m. Sunday, after the Bishop Arts brunch rush has died down.

Being on the sting of Bishop Arts helps in that regard. Prospects can use the parking zone adjoining to Taco y Vino till 4 p.m., when it turns into a valet lot, or discover a spot on the road. The errand ought to take lower than quarter-hour, so clients are out and in.

The tiny storefront serves natural rotisserie hen from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Sunday-Thursday.

McDaniel found out that schedule to attenuate meals waste. Well being code solely permits sizzling hen to be held for 4 hours. So if La Bodega is just not offered out of fowl at 3, they choose and shred the hen to make use of in sandwiches and salads, which can be found on a regular basis.

The pulled hen sandwich and fries ($15) from La Bodega has goat cheese, roasted garlic, mustard, arugula and caramelized onions.

An entire hen prices $25. With fries, it’s $30. A half-bird prices $15, or $20 with fries.

The kitchen is just too small to execute a moist brine, so McDaniel and chef Bryan Driver, a Winnetka Heights resident, concocted a recipe for a dry rub that consists solely of salt and herbs.

She insisted on natural hen, and he or she discovered a farm in Pennsylvania as a provider; Ennis-based Discussion board Meat is her purveyor.

The whole lot on the menu retains dietary restrictions and allergens in thoughts. McDaniel hosted a “Sunday supper” in her Beckley Membership Estates yard for years, and he or she needed to contemplate all of her mates’ restrictions when cooking one meal for everyone.

Bread is the one factor on the menu that accommodates gluten. Frozen fries come from McCain Meals Restricted — once more, the kitchen is just too small to make them from scratch — and consist solely of potatoes and oil. The fries are cooked in soybean oil, the one allergen on the menu.

Two of the salads are vegan, together with white-bean hummus ($8).

“I eat a salad each day of my life. It’s my favourite meals,” she says. “These are issues that I eat each day.”

Skye McDaniel, proprietor/operator of La Bodega, grew up on Winnetka and owns a house in Beckley Membership Estates.

McDaniel graduated from Booker T. Washington Excessive Faculty for the Performing and Visible Arts and went straight to culinary college at El Centro. She reduce her tooth working for chef Graham Dodds at Bolsa, and he or she labored at Murray Avenue Espresso in Deep Ellum for 10 years, on and off. She was additionally a part of Frank Underground for over seven years.

Javier García del Ethical, who owns the adjoining Sketches of Spain and the Wild Detectives, was initially a associate in La Bodega — he got here up with the identify and placement. He wound up having to tug out of their settlement however inspired McDaniel to maintain going.

His authentic thought was to additionally promote Spanish imports like fish and seafood conservas, cheeses, jamón and wine.

La Bodega sells art work from locals, together with Oak Cliff native Max Razor, and McDaniel says she nonetheless desires to do the Spanish imports thought finally.

La Bodega, at 208 W. eighth St., is open 3-8 p.m. Sunday and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday; it’s closed Friday-Saturday.

 

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