JANUARY 2015 | DINING PICK
by Karen Spezia
Trailblazing chefs Jesse Griffiths and Tamara Mayfield’s new restaurant is everything loyal fans hoped it would be and more.
Few restaurants have gestation periods as long as Dai Due. For almost a decade, the culinary force behind this new restaurant has been making noises about opening a brick-and-mortar. In 2006, Jesse Griffiths started hosting pop-up dinners in borrowed spaces around Austin. He also taught cooking classes in rented kitchens. After that, he ran a food trailer at a farmers market (where folks lined-up around the block). He even published a cookbook. All the while—even without a restaurant—he garnered national attention. And his fan base kept building and building, and waiting and waiting, hoping he’d one day have a permanent home.
Mazel tov! Dai Due, the restaurant, has finally arrived. Opened in August, this longtime dream of Griffiths and wife Tamara Mayfield is being fussed over like a newborn baby. On my first visit, it was packed. Legions...more