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Nourishing and Delicious – Alma Arrives!

25 Jan

The highly anticipated opening of Tristan Simon’s new Henderson hot-spot has finally arrived!  Filling in the old Cuba Libre space across from the Old Monk, Alma sings to new inspiration focusing on regional Mexican flavors.  Reports of the past weekend’s private event Tristan hosted for personal friends to preview the Alma experience have left the every-man hungry for more!

Alma Executive Chef, Michael Brown

Executive Chef, Michael Brown

Sorry Rick Bayless, but Dallas has gained one hot chef!  Previously the executive chef at Red O in LA, Michael Brown comes to the Big-D with high hopes of carrying on the Tristan Simon dynasty.  Brown brings quite a bit to the table, including a resume rich with history (including stints at several Wolfgang Puck restaurants throughout California).  I have the highest hopes for this restaurant rejuvenation as all of the elements are starting to come together.  Reading about, as well as talking about, the projected menu is enough to wet my palate.

Alma will feature an elaborate range of elevated Mexican cuisine, from the Chihuahua cheese appetizer (queso on steroids), to a spit-roasted whole pig (cochinita), to delicate and delectable dessert options (tres leches anyone?).  Brown promotes an experience that includes new and extremely familiar food options – all of which will leave you and your stomach in a state of dining bliss.

Alma Offers New & Exciting Flavors

Alma Offers New & Exciting Flavors

The closing of Cuba Libre’s doors has been a topic of frequent conversation.  The overall mentality regarding the restaurant in its last days was simply, “Meh…”  The management had changed.  The staff was not as sharp.  The prices had increased, while unfortunately the quality of the food had decreased.  It just wasn’t the same.  With Alma comes a Tristan intervention!  Bright and shining days are on the horizon!  Words cannot express how excited I am to see for myself the fruits of this face lift.  Needless to say, I will have much to report back after my first Alma dining experience at the soft-opening on February 1st!

Tasty tidbit: “Alma” is the feminine version of the Latin word, “almus,” meaning bountiful and nourishing.