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2005 Stories by Dave Faries

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  • No Faux

    published December 15, 2005

    Culinary terminology has slipped through the looking glass into that ambiguous place where a word means just what someone intends it to mean. For... More >>

  • In the Cards

    published December 15, 2005

    It takes more than just guts to stare down gambling's finest in front of a national TV audience. In the common vernacular, it takes brass cojones... More >>

  • Fear and Stoving

    published December 8, 2005

    Like the sirens of mythology, professional kitchens are diabolical fiends bent on destroying any human form lured into their realm. Think... More >>

  • Nicked Name

    published December 1, 2005

    Near the end of our second visit to Randy White's Hall of Fame Barbeque a guest at our table asked a pointed question: Why would a local... More >>

  • Maltiple Choice

    published November 17, 2005

    If we could somehow bring bickering groups together and help them find common ground, would we end up with a perfect world? The difficulties... More >>

  • Raising the Bar

    published November 17, 2005

    Don't call Vickery Park. It's just a neighborhood tavern tucked alongside dressier venues on Henderson Avenue, after all. No need for... More >>

  • Simonomics

    published November 17, 2005

    Once upon a time, Tristan Simon bought up the Barley House location, sketched out plans for a casual drinking spot serving pub fare called... More >>

  • The Name Game

    published November 3, 2005

    There's a scene in the football-bashing film North Dallas Forty in which a doltish offensive lineman sets out to meet some investors who... More >>

  • Berry Me Not

    published October 27, 2005

    Mention gin, and people instantly respond. Often it's with a disrespectful groan. Kenny Daniel, bartender at Primo's, just shakes his head... More >>

  • Sweet and Lowdown

    published October 20, 2005

    Self-styled "foodies" regularly fire off tedious monologues on the evils of processed foods and commercial farming. Personally, we think curbing... More >>

  • Well-Heeled

    published October 20, 2005

    Food is the new whatever used to occupy the portion of our minds devoted to culture. Unfortunately, that implies a certain amount of the old "wine... More >>

  • No More Blues

    published October 20, 2005

    When the inaugural Savor Dallas event wrapped up last February, Jim White and co-founder Vicki Briley-White declared the... More >>

  • Serve the Servants

    published October 6, 2005

    Curb appeal is important in this city, or so we're told. Gotta look good at the valet stand, so upwardly mobile guys lease well-appointed Beemers.... More >>

  • Trouble With Paradise

    published October 6, 2005

    It's Saturday night in Eden, and the gods are angry. We're sitting inside the small converted ranch house watching a restaurant in the... More >>

  • Something Brewing

    published October 6, 2005

    Once a restaurateur reaches a certain level of success, he or she often branches out. It's nothing unusual to see a second Monica's pop up in the... More >>

  • Bottle Tops

    published September 22, 2005

    Each year when we reexamine the people mixing cocktails around the city, a certain, shall we say, insecurity creeps into our minds. Thousands of... More >>

  • Blue Yodel

    published September 22, 2005

    Things aren't always what they seem. Take, for example, Main Street Blues Room. At first glance it's a rustic tin utility building more suited... More >>

  • Fresh Fruit

    published September 22, 2005

    Never know when a craving for chicken tajine might strike, but just hang on. Rocky Boustani signed a deal to set up an upscale Moroccan... More >>

  • Tryst Of Fate

    published September 8, 2005

    Some time back in the '80s, college baseball players began donning "rally caps" late in losing games. Nothing magical, really, just regular ball... More >>

  • Discomfort Zone

    published September 8, 2005

    Buzz past Manny's Uptown Tex-Mex Restaurante during prime time on a Saturday night, and you'll likely glimpse a chaotic scene. Hungry... More >>

  • Press Kits

    published September 8, 2005

    James Pintello was tending his usual Sunday night shift behind the bar at Sevy's when he received a rather unusual phone call.... More >>

  • Town Down

    published August 25, 2005

    There's an inspiring point in the Disney film Miracle, when hockey coach Kurt Russell lectures his team on moments, opportunities or... More >>

  • Better In The 'Burbs

    published August 25, 2005

    Urban provincialism is an interesting thing. Over and over we hear people inside the loop dismiss anything north of LBJ or lodged in the... More >>

  • State of Disunion

    published August 25, 2005

    The once-hip patio and lounge known as Republic shut down without warning a few weeks ago--you know that much, particularly if you banged... More >>

  • Over the Rump

    published August 18, 2005

    Check out this assessment of the West End, gleaned from a self-described elitist, liberal, over-educated aging punk rocker whose name we somehow... More >>

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