WFAA Channel 8 Talks With Dallas' First No-Tipping Restaurant

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Tipping has been taken off the menu at Canary By Gorji. New policy focuses on service, hospitality and equitable pay for hard-working staff.
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Critics Say...

Eater 38 Essential Restaurants "... Canary By Gorji has been keeping it real in the northerly parts of Dallas for more than a decade. Start off with a plate of delicate baby eggplants stuffed with gorgonzola and topped with pomodoro sauce, then treat yo’ self to Gorji’s epic paella made with rabbit, chorizo, mussels, and shrimp."

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Dallas Observer: We sampled Gorji’s mussels, scallops, duck, beef, boar, lamb and quail, and every single one was cooked flawlessly, with total understanding of each cut’s identity."

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D magazine calls this small, Dallas restaurant "one of the most underrated in town". Chef Gorji’s brand of mostly-Mediterranean-with-a-touch-of-Texas-style food is distinctively different from other global menus." The review goes on to say that ".. Gorji’s food, is clean and naturally delicious."

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CultureMap, the Dallas lifestyle blog describes Canary By Gorji as having "gracious service and an exotic "new Mediterranean" menu that's as impressive as it is unexpected. Dedicated chef-owner Mansour Gorji uses novel ingredients such as pomegranate on dishes that incorporate a swath of influences, including French, Greek, Italian, Spanish and North African. You'll feel like this is your special discovery."

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Food Lovers Guide To Dallas/Fort Worth says "Intimate dining at this 10-table retreat means a relaxed evening of inspired food. Chef-owner Gorji has won legions of devout fans who are utterly bewitched by his food and honest, warm smile."

Restaurant, Sauce Line & Cookbook

Canary By Gorji’s New Mediterranean Cuisine focuses on keeping the essence of a dish with less emphasis on tradition and more on flavor. He breaks with tradition with his innovative restaurant philosophies also. The 7-table fine dining restaurant, doesn't have TVs, doesn't turn tables, doesn't seat young children and in 2016 became the first tip-free restaurant in Dallas.

Winning Sauce Line
He is the creator of Gorji Gourmet Foods, a line of sauces for home cooks that taste like you have spent hours preparing, but you only need to heat and use. The sauces include:
Pomodoro Sauce
Puttanesca Sauce
Arrabiata Diavolo Sauce
His other products include:
Dipping Oil & Marinade Primer
Pomegranate Vinaigrette

New Mediterranean Cookbook
The Mediterranean food that he serves nightly in his Dallas restaurant is detailed in Zing! By Gorji, his Cookbook. Often going against the grain of traditional culinary practice, his creative take on cooking philosophies mixes science and old world hot and cold theories to create his unique recipes.

Chef Gorji

Chef Gorji | Addison, TX | Dallas, TX

Gorji, an engineer-turned-chef has lived on three continents, and has just celebrated 30 years calling Texas home, fourteen of those as chef-owner of Canary By Gorji. Tuesday through Saturday, the back-to-back Texas Steak Champion cooks his signature New Mediterranean cuisine, prime steaks and seafood at his restaurant in Addison/Dallas, TX.

Chef Gorji | Texas Steak Champion | Dallas, TX

Early each day, Gorji heads out, stopping at farmers markets and local specialty stores selecting ingredients for that evening’s menu.

Guests often report that they see him popping outside to pluck fresh herbs, growing in pots just outside his restaurant door, to finish off their meals before they are served.

His gregarious nature and front-of-the house bonhomie are as well-known as his acclaimed menu in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

Gorji has also created a line of gourmet sauces, dipping oil and vinaigrette,Gorji Gourmet Foods® with a fresh lively taste for home use.

His debut cookbook, Zing! details his recipes and techniques of many of his beloved dishes.

“One of the best experiences we've had in a long time. Gorji was a great host and the food was absolutely wonderful from the preparation to the presentation.” - - Jonathan G., Yelp     
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