Last fall, Andrew Ormsby opened his new restaurant, Tucker, in the old Tucker automobile showroom on Ross Avenue near downtown. “Tucker” is slang for food in Australia. Ormsby moved to Dallas nearly six years ago with wife, Joanne, from Melbourne, Australia.

What a nice little story for marketing purposes. Only Tucker doesn’t really need it.

For starters, Ormsby is owner of Andrew Ormsby Catering, one of the city’s premiere caterers, and brings 25-plus years of experience.

Add to that the atmosphere: Much of the restaurant’s décor is salvaged architectural treasures, from the bar — originally housed in the old Baker Hotel downtown — to the fireplace, which came from a mansion that once stood at Abrams and Mercedes.

Finally, there’s the food. At Tucker, the emphasis is on comfort, but often comfort with a twist. Case in point? You can order a strudel starter, and you’ll get a wild mushroom jalapeno strudel served with pesto and field greens.

There’s also plenty of variety on the menu, with everything from a Thai-style chicken and coconut soup, to pot pie — chicken, seafood or kangaroo, depending on the day — to herb-roasted Alaskan halibut served with jasmine rice and a madras curry sauce.

3113 Ross

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