Spork does not, in fact, come from chef John Tesar, the man behind utensil-named Dallas restaurants Knife and Spoon.
But its restaurateurs are just as well known. Spork is the burger and shake place from chef Tim Byres and his partners Christopher Jeffers and Christopher Zielke (all of Smoke, Chicken Scratch and the Foundry), plus Eric Justice (formerly of Mexican Sugar), Sean Conner (Pie 3.14 Everyday Eatery), Katherine Clapner (Dude, Sweet Chocolate) and Brad Borchardt (a culinary consultant).
With all those cooks in the kitchen, so to speak, this restaurant is worth sporking into. It opened Wednesday, March 11 in Far North Dallas.
Spork is located in an old Sonic on Frankford Road. According to a press release, the chefs took inspiration from Taylor's Refresher, a casual, cheffy burger joint in Napa Valley, California, that has since become Gott's Roadside.
The menu appears to be creative twists on fast-food classics: chicken tenders, but crusted in pretzels; French fries, but topped with bulgogi and kimchi. Spork will also have a BYO burger and sandwich bar -- that's build your own. Start with buffalo, beef or veggie burgers. Or you can even build off of a hot dog or grilled cheese.
Cocktails will play off of Sonic's soda fountain, which means -- duh -- alcohol mixed in crushed ice.
They apparently went wild with the decor, adding space themed murals outside the drive-in to give it a Jetsons feel. Twice as many seats will be available outdoors as indoors, and the patio [UPDATE at noon May 1: It's open now] will boast a foosball table, bocce ball court, putting green and ping pong tables.
Byres describes Spork as a "'70s or '80s funky neighborhood garage-bar." It'll also be kid-friendly, perhaps similar to Chicken Scratch and the Foundry, where kids run around while mom and dad enjoy beers on picnic tables.
6110 Frankford Road, Dallas. Open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to midnight, and Friday and Saturday from
See the menu below: