Brian Reinhart has been the Dallas Observer's food critic since spring 2016. In addition, he writes baseball analysis for the Hardball Times and covers classical music for the Observer and MusicWeb International.
1 day ago | Best Of Dallas
Dallas’ next culinary revolution began in a quiet specialty grocery store in Irving, a small shop where boxes of imported foods line the metal shelving all the way up to the ceiling. Here, in 2004, a woman named Boonmie Phennara fired up a Bunsen ...
1 day ago | Classical Music
This weekend, Jaap van Zweden concludes his tenure as music director of the Dallas Symphony with performances of perhaps the most famous work in the orchestra’s repertoire: Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. But there’s another piece on the program, a ma...
8 days ago | Restaurant Reviews
When I first walked into Express Kabob, the restaurant was empty. Not just empty of customers — empty, period. As the door shut behind me, the sound attracted the attention of no employees. I tried opening and closing the door again. No luck. I pi...
12 days ago | Complaint Desk
Dear Paul, This isn’t easy for either of us. I just want to write about delicious food and where to find it; you just want to enjoy a lucrative public career without the media reminding diners that you allegedly once got high and slammed a woman i...
19 days ago | First Look
Deep Ellum has a new bar from the team behind Armoury — and although Ruins has a distinctive Mexican accent, it feels a whole lot like Armoury. That’s not a bad thing. Ruins is still in its “soft open” phase, with the grand opening party scheduled...
23 days ago | Restaurant Reviews
Not all of Plano’s Sichuan restaurants are alike. Some, like Little Sichuan, stash their traditional dishes in a binder of specialty items kept separate from the usual litany of wontons and stir-fries. Some, like Fish House, specialize in live sea...