African and Middle Eastern Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2014

    Passport Not Required: Sampling Three Asian and Mediterranean Markets' In-Store Dining

    Yea, though I walk through the aisle of the cooking fats of Indo-Pak, I will fear no hydrogenation: for ghee art with me; thy full pockets and thy full belly they comfort me. A few years ago I watched a documentary on African immigrants. One man, recalling his first experience in an American groce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 80: The Biryanis at Chennai

    To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2014 issue, we're counting down (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes. If there's a dish you think we need to try, leave it in the comments, or email me. It's time for bonus dishes. Why pick one biryani when you can pick two and have twice the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2014

    Stephan Pyles Says Goodbye to Samar and Hello to More Boring

    Well this sucks. It hasn't even been a year since I wrote about the temporary closure of Samar and its potential impact on the sandwich scene here in Dallas. Samar earned four stars in the Dallas Morning News, and it was arguably one of owner Stephan Pyles' most exciting restaurants. The menu gath ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2013

    Chennai, Plano's Indian-Food Gem, Demostrates How to Build a Better Biryani

    The first biryani I ever made was on Christmas Day. I somehow convinced the majority of my family that glazed ham with pineapple rings and the roast turkey redux were about as edaciously fashionable as microwave cookbooks and jello molds. I thought if a holiday meal was supposed to feel decadent and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2013

    Qariah Is Making Some Bang-Up Chicken Sandwiches

    I want to love the shawarma at Qariah, but they don't sell enough of them. If you've ever seen the vertical spit at Bachman Lake Taqueria spinning full tilt, you know it's a sight to behold. The meatsicle sizzles as it twirls, spitting fat at the burners, which hiss and pop. But when business is slo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2013

    Five Of Dallas' Best BYOB Restaurants

    If you plan ahead, BYOB restaurants can be a lot of fun. Not only can they save you a lot of green, but they also put an endless variety of booze at your disposal and the potential pairings are limitless. Come with growlers full of beer, bottles full of wine -- it's your dinner. You're only limited ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2013

    Parsley: The Greastest Herb in History

    I'm obsessed with parsley. Not that curly-leafed bullshit sitting next to your petite filet, I'm talking about the flat-leaf variety that's known for its tender texture and sweeter flavor. If you get some fresh from the farmers market you'll notice a much more robust flavor than the grocery store va ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 14, 2013

    Desta Rises Above Sadness

    Family members bind together to reopen Ethiopian Restaurant

  • Dining

    December 13, 2012

    Our Favorite Dallas Dishes of 2012

    So much food, so little time

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2012

    Seven Of Dallas' Best Lunches That Are More Than Worth Your Hard-Earned Dough

    Inexpensive and cheap are two completely different things. Not everyone has a ton of coin to blow on a lunch now and then, but financial restrictions don't necessarily have to relegate you to the likes of Chipotle and Jersey Mike's. Here are some great lunches that will cost you more than a Subway c ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 4, 2012

    Mughlai's Gem

    A North Dallas Indian restaurant captures the spirit of home.

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2012

    GRIP Mediterranean Grill in Preston Center is Now Open for You To Make the Ultimate Gyro

    GRIP Mediterranean Grill has opened in the Preston Center at 6030 Luther Lane (a few doors down from Hopdoddy) as a fast-casual pita wrap in the same vein of Chipotle. Like, exactly the same vein. If you tested the DNA, it'd be the same, just taste and smell different. The dining room is sleek and ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 23, 2012

    Nora's Mix And Match

    A Familiar Tapestry of Dishes Seduce an East Dallas Crowd.

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 28: Hummus and Super Bread at Pepper Smash

    To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2012 issue, we're counting down (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes. If there's a dish you think we need to try, leave it in the comments, or email me. Before dining at Pepper Smash, the comic-book-themed-cocktail-den-restaurant-monster w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 59: Falafel At Fadia Bakery

    To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2012 issue, we're counting down (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes. If there's a dish you think we need to try, leave it in the comments, or email me. Charbel Hamad wants you to focus on his wife Fadia's sweets when you visit his deli an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2012

    Now Open: Nora on Greenville (Photos)

    Lower Greenville Avenue is looking damn good these days. The newly widened streets with inset parking makes it feel like the quiet downtown of a suburb, like Plano or perhaps Coppell. Even after dark, there's noticibly less fear of being run over by a passing truck. It's a good thing. Located at th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2012

    Restore Your Meat-Pummeled Body with Ali Baba's Tabouleh

    It's a bit tiresome to hear a critic gripe about all the food they're forced to eat. (There are worse ways to make a living.) After reviewing near back-to-back southern comfort restaurants, though, I felt pretty pummeled with fat and meat. I needed a break. While interviewing an Italian chef back i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    At the Dallas Bicycle Cafe, the Cheap Bastard is a Sweaty Bastard, and a Happy One, Too

    Sweaty camel-toe count: 32 People post-workout high-fiving count: 5 On Northwest Highway, right next to Bicycle Works, a bicycle café called Bicycle Café (7510 East Northwest Highway) recently opened. When you walk inside and see all the bicyclephernalia on the walls and all the people still wear ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2012

    At Judi Restaurant and Bakery, Falafel and Samoon Make Meatless Monday a Cinch

    It's Monday again, and after a few treacherous Tex-Mex experiences, I'm ready to celebrate with a meatless meal I actually enjoy. One place on the table is Judi Restaurant and Bakery, which quietly opened last summer at 850 South Greenville in Richardson. I'm surprised there hasn't been more fanfa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2012

    Oak in the Design District is Open for Lunch

    Chef Jason Maddy at Oak​The new Oak at 1628 Oak Lawn in the Design District, which was previously only open for dinner, announced today that they are now open for lunch. For starters the lunch menu includes hummus, foie gras and celery root and apple soup. For sandwiches they have a lamb bac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2012

    A Lunch Buffet That Doesn't Blow: Ali Baba

    Recently I had lunch at Ali Baba Grill in Irving. I'm usually anti buffets, but the lunch all-you-can-eat spread here is actually executed quite well. They're good at rotating in new stuff so, for the most part, the food stays fresh and warm. And if you want flavor without the nap-inducing carb over ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    Go Moroccan at Medina Oven & Bar's Happy Hour

    Kristy Yang​Every week we highlight a different restaurant happy hour food menu. This week: The Moroccan happy-hour fare at Medina Oven and Bar. Where: Medina Oven and Bar, 2304 Victory Park Lane, Dallas, TX 75219 When: Monday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Scene: HH is available throu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2011

    Please Help the Learning Process

    As Dan Aykroyd knows, small-mouth bass plus food processor or blender equals a delicious smoothie.​My apartment has less counter space than Barbie's Dream House. It's not uncommon for me to balance a cutting board on a hot burner, or on my lap as I sit cross-legged on the floor, or even to fin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2011

    North Texas Emigres Celebrating Egypt's Revolution Better Rely on Home Cooking

    kosharirecipe.blogspot.comKoshary, a favorite Egyptian dish​Valentine's Day calls for chocolates and Champagne, but what's the proper meal for marking a peaceful democratic revolution? Dallasites looking to express solidarity with protesters in Cairo have discovered traditional Egyptian food ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2011

    At Stratos Global Greek Taverna, You Gotta Dance. Only Not During Lunch.

    Gyro not going to like this if you don't like Gyro.​Know what beats going on a lunch date to a restaurant that has a dance floor? Two lunch dates. In all honesty, if you went at night during dancing hours, you might have more fun, well, dancing. Lunch will only tempt you. Last week I met tw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2010

    Chef Tell: Tiffany, Official Food Ambassador

    ​Right away, we knew this would be a big week for our Tiffany Derry. They started off the show with her smoothing toner all over her face and neck (so that's how she gets that awesome skin!) and talking about how she was planning her wedding before hopping on the Top Chef train. But it was also wo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2009

    My Pet Goat Carcass, or: Yet Again, the State Goes After Local Grocer's Baaaaad Meat

    ​Seems the State of Texas isn't terribly impressed with the way Halal Import Food Market handles its meat -- and hasn't been since, oh, 2001, when the Arlington grocer-warehouse first opened its doors. Which is why Attorney General Greg Abbott's latest lawsuit against the East Pioneer Parkway-base ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2009

    Veggie Girl: Kereje

    Behind a beaded curtain at one of Kereje's secluded booths this Sunday, my dinner companion for this week's culinary adventure equated our situation--my situation, really, since he's Taiwanese--to entry #71 on the blog Stuff White People Like: "Being the only white person around." In other words, e ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 12, 2009
  • Blogs

    February 5, 2009

    Appetite For Instruction: Hummus

    Demonstrated by Praveen Sachdev of Cosmic Café Henry Rollins once called it "sex in a bowl." A deceptively simple paste of chickpeas and seasonings, hummus seduces the palate with layers of rich, complex flavors. Simply put, this Mediterranean staple has the power to comfort the soul and quicken ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 22, 2008
  • Dining

    March 6, 2008

    Review: Afghan Grill

    At Afghan Grill, the fortunes of war pay delicious dividends

  • Best of Dallas

    October 14, 2004

    Best Family-Oriented Belly-Dancing Scene

    Ciro's Continental Restaurant and Club

  • Calendar

    September 23, 2004

    Dolma Days

    Mediterranean Festival has more than hummus and grape leaves

  • Best of Dallas

    September 25, 2003

    Best Gyro

    Z Cafe

  • Best of Dallas

    September 25, 2003
  • Best of Dallas

    September 26, 2002
  • Best of Dallas

    September 26, 2002

    Best Dish Name

    Square Meal at Dream Café

  • Dining

    July 18, 2002

    Chick Pea Smirk

    Café Izmir founder dares to ask the question, "got hummus?"

  • Best of Dallas

    September 20, 2001
  • Best of Dallas

    September 21, 2000

    Best falafel

    Café Med

  • Dining

    June 15, 2000

    Eurotrash pickup

    Avanti Euro Bistro proves that a little smarminess isn't all bad

  • Dining

    October 16, 1997

    A wreck of a rec room

    Cozy's shows there isn't much in a name, after all

  • Dining

    September 11, 1997

    Noshing around the world

    Barcelona Tapas Bar offers eclectic, if mediocre, grazing

  • Dining

    July 24, 1997

    Keeping the pita puffed

    Hedary's Lebanese Oven & Grill offers reverent interpretations of ancient dishes

  • News

    May 22, 1997

    Going for the jugular

    The battle over a North Texas sanctuary for wild felines grows cattier by the day

  • News

    January 2, 1997

    Cat Fight

    When a couple of wealthy benefactors took on the founder of the Texas Exotic Feline Foundation, they found themselves in a cat fight

  • Dining

    November 7, 1996

    Play it again

    When Marrakesh's novelty wears off, its Moroccan flavors will endure

  • Dining

    May 30, 1996

    Take your time

    Cafe Izmir has plenty of Middle Eastern delicacies on tapas

  • Dining

    February 16, 1995

    Belly good

    Sinbad's Palace offers superb Middle Eastern cuisine and fabulously hokey ambience

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