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Ali Baba

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2013

    The Ali Baba Chain is Growing, and Has the Cool New Names to Prove It

    Ali Baba is blowing up like freshly baked pita bread. Yesterday I was at the Lakewood location picking up the weekly dose of tabouleh that has become my restorative meal of choice when I noticed the menus had changed. The font the menu items were printed in was different and on the back of each menu ... More >>

  • Film

    May 16, 2013

    Cannes: Not Even the Gifted Emma Watson Raise The Bling Ring

    But I haven’t given up on Sofia Coppola.

  • Dining

    December 13, 2012

    Our Favorite Dallas Dishes of 2012

    So much food, so little time

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 2: The Turkey Sandwich At Bolsa Mercado

    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. The turkey sandwich is undoubtedly one of the most boring creations to be housed betwe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 3: Chicken Shish Kebab 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. Way back in February I blogged about a mystical chicken sandwich I've had in other cit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 4: Babaganoush At Baboush

    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. Typically, babaganoush is about a point or two higher than hummus on the boring scale ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 5: Tortilla Soup At Fearing's

    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. You have only seconds after the bowl arrives to take in the garnishes lying in the bot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 7: Jhinga Masala Nizami At Mughlai Fine Indian Cuisine

    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. The name Mughlai Fine Indian Cuisine might refer to a style of cooking, but muddy, spi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 9: Grilled Pimento Cheese Sandwich At Highland Park Pharmacy

    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. When Gretchen and Sonny Williams bought the Highland Park Pharmacy in 2006, they agree ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 10: Cochinita Pibil At Meso Maya

    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. I may never find another cochinita pibil dish as good as the one I had in Austin, but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 11: Scallop Ceviche At Stephan Pyles

    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. Ceviche may be one of Dallas' most abused dishes. Until a recent meal at Stephan Pyles ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 12: Berkshire Pork Belly with Japanese Plum At Sharaku

    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. Let's not get sucked into semantics of Kurobuta versus Berkshire when discussing this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 13: La Victoria's Breakfast Burrito (Smothered In Salsa)

    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. You can get breakfast burritos all over Dallas but the only way you'll get to have bre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 14: Potato Pancakes At Kuby's

    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. Latkes? The first random thought that bloomed from my subconscious was that these pota ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 15: Zanata's Grilled Cheese And Tomato Soup

    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. Should you find yourself in need of a trip to downtown Plano on a three-day weekend yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 16: La Duni's BLTA Pop Over

    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. I know. Never thought I'd see back-to-back popovers on CoA's hundred favorites either, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 17: Pesto Chicken Salad on a Popover at Dream Cafe

    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. Chicken salad slides in right behind tuna salad for the most boring sandwich stuffer k ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 18: Paan At Taj Chaat House

    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. A recent trip to an Indian grocery in Carrollton had me longing for paan. We'd just ea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 19: The "Sliced Leg Of Lamb" At Ziziki's

    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. See that knife sitting on your table? Ditch it. Toss the fork aside, too, lest you be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 20: The Black Bean Dip At Gloria's

    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. I've never had much control with chips and salsa at Tex-Mex and Salvadorian restaurant ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 21: Brisket Enchiladas At ME Lounge

    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. When Monica's Nueva Cocina and ME Lounge opened a few weeks ago, I was anxious to see ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 22: Oak's Ham And Cheese Croissant

    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. While there are a few places to get a decent sandwich in Dallas (Jimmy's, Carbone's, I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 23: The Wings At Ten Bells Tavern

    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. If you're a Buffalo wing purist, you're not going to like this. At least at first. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 24: Nova's Smoked Salmon Potato Skins

    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. Potato skins are usually a snooze. Most restaurants fill dried out hulls with oily che ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 25: Grilled Whole Bronzini At Tei Tei Robota

    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. I had no clue what I wanted to order till I watched the old guy tending the grill grab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 26: The Jerk Chicken At Island Spot

    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. If you've ever smelled jerk chicken smoking away on the grill, you know how captivatin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 27: The Fried Chicken Sandwich At Union Bear

    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. My chicken sandwich list is weeks old, but I'm still on a chicken sandwich binge. Stuf ... More >>

  • 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

    August 14, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 29: Tom Kha Gai At Bambu

    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. Every time I've cooked with kaffir lime leaves, I've purchased big, thick, tough folia ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 31: The Crispy Duck At Bangkok City

    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. I still regret my decision sometimes, when I sat at the table at Bangkok City and orde ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 32: The Pork Chop At Acme F&B

    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. For a little while I tried to figure out whose pork chop was better. Jason Maddy's pre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 33: International Bakery Cuban Dulceria's Cubano

    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. I took my first bite, and tried to figure out why Rita and Sara Vasquez, the owners of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 34: DIY Fried Chicken Taco at Pollo Campero

    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. Don't look for this dish on the menu of Pollo Campero. If you want this taco, you're g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 35: Coffee and Doughnuts At Rosemont

    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. Remember that paper bag of mini doughnuts you bought from the grocery store? They were ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 36: Loukoumathes At Greek Fest

    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. This one's a bit of a tease, since you can't have it till the end of September, but wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 37: The Brussels Sprouts Fritters At Snack

    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. Who cares if they aren't fritters, they're freaking deep fried aren't they? Jon Steven ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 38: The Chile Relleno At Avila's

    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. It was the brisket gordita that was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, but I thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 39: The Large Tabouleh at Ali Baba

    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. The last time I wrote about Ali Baba's tabouleh, I'd had a small order delivered to 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

    September 21, 2010

    100 Favorite Dishes: Kibbi at Ali Baba Cafe

    Merritt Martin​As a countdown to the Dallas Observer's "Best of Dallas" 2010, City of Ate is serving up 100 of the favorite dishes we crave, savor and hope to scarf down again soon. These dishes are in no particular order. Some are little known, others celebrated. Some are pricey, others can b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2010

    Pho Que Huong: Not Quite as Comforting
    As Food from Home

    Noodles, the anti-blues food​I haven't written a Pho From Home in some time, as I've been reserving it for when the cold temperatures return. Last week, however, I found myself in the odd position of craving pho in the middle of the Texas summer. After botching a job interview in Las Colinas ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 20, 2007

    Review: Bukhara Grille

    We venture into Indian territory

  • News

    November 2, 2006

    Sin City

    On patrol with the $2 Halloween hos on Lowest Greenville

  • Culture

    December 2, 2004

    Fright Before Christmas

    Oh, drear, Dallas Theater Center's annual Carol serves up a Dickens of a downer

  • Best of Dallas

    September 26, 2002
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    September 20, 2001

    Best Hummus

    Ali Baba

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    September 20, 2001
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    July 9, 1998
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    March 13, 1997
  • Dining

    March 6, 1997

    Involuntary takeout

    But then, who needs ambiance when you've got Ali Baba's terrific Middle Eastern?

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