Alice Laussade

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    September 30, 2014

    When the Texas State Fair's Fried Food Fails You (It Will), Respect the Corny Dog

    It started with a simple desire to steer State Fair goers away from lesser grub. I was ready to take things one step further than Alice Laussade, who opined in her State Fair guide that the Big Tex Choice Awards for most creative were fried bullshit. In fact, I wanted to argue, most of the fried eve ... More >>

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    September 30, 2014

    Meat Fight 2014 Tickets Go on Sale Tomorrow

    Meat Fight, the barbecue competition, fundraiser and saucy brainchild of our Bearded columnist, Alice Laussade, returns to Trinity Groves on Sunday, November 16. You want to go. You need to go. But will you go? Depends on the accuracy of your clock and the quickness of your clicking fingers. Ticket ... More >>

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    September 15, 2014

    How Louie Mueller Barbecue Smokes its Brisket

    In "Shigging," we ask barbecue experts to give us some specifics about how they smoke their meats. In the spirit of barbecue secretiveness and competitiveness, they're allowed to lie once. This week, I'm asking Wayne Mueller (pit master and supreme badass at Louie Mueller Barbecue in Taylor, Texas) ... More >>

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    August 27, 2014

    Roll N Go on Greenville: Great, Cheap Rolls and a Casher Who Gives Things Away

    Follow the Cheap Bastard as she scours the city, looking for a good -- or at least non-lethal -- lunch for less than 10 bucks. Open seats at 3:45 p.m. on a Sunday: 0 Menu items: 143 Roll N Go (6110 Greenville Ave.) is not a sushi roll restaurant. It is not a rent-by-the-hour hotel. It is a spring ... More >>

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    August 26, 2014

    The Cheap Bastard's Guide to Drinking Four Loko and Bud Light Lime-a-Rita

    It's Drinking Week at City of Ate, which means even more stories than usual about our favorite pastime. Check back for more stories about craft beer, killer bartenders and more. Sometimes you're at a tailgate and they've run out of Dallas Blonde, Local Buzz and Lakewood Lager, and you're faced with ... More >>

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    July 17, 2014

    How to Eat at the American Girl Cafe without Blowing Your Dignity, Savings, Brains

    Editor's note: For several years until about 2012, Alice Laussade, the Observer's James Bear Award-winning (and twice nominated) food writer, traversed Dallas in search of sub-$10 lunches that didn't suck. She eventually shut her foul mouth to focus on other writing and her hugely successful fundrai ... More >>

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    July 1, 2014

    Six Breastaurant Concepts That Should Really Exist in Dallas

    I traveled north of The Wall (Frisco) last weekend and noticed that there are so many breastaurants around, restaurant owners are having to get creative with their boob-food themes. If you're unfamiliar with the concept of a breastaurant, let me explain: it's food scantily clad female employees. ... More >>

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    June 6, 2014

    Dallas' Meat Queen Wants to Know: Where Can I Find the Best Vegetarian Food In Dallas?

    Alice Laussade is a longtime Dallas writer and the founder of Meat Fight. I decided to go vegetarian for a month, just to see how the meatless live. After a week and a half, I can tell you that the vegetarian people of Dallas are offered a lot of cheese enchiladas, hummus, and, "Well, you could jus ... More >>

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    February 20, 2014

    Please Stop Making Me Chew My Drinks, World

    Drinks are for drinking, not for chewing. I thought this was obvious. But then I bought a coconut water from the grocery store. "With pulp" it said. "OK, that's probably like orange juice with pulp," I replied. I opened the can, took a sip, and that's when the pulpy can of coconut water revealed its ... More >>

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    October 1, 2013

    Hypnotic Donuts is Hosting a Very Meaty Meat Fight Bingo on October 16

    Hypnotic Donuts has a unique way of taking simple ideas and making them eccentric. Multiple cases in point include billboard signs, donut burgers, an eating contest that involves a dance with the devil and even a guerilla warfare fritter. See Also: Interview with James St. Peter of Hypnotic Donuts ... More >>

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    August 12, 2013

    I Braved the New Trader Joe's Only to Discover That They Have Zero Cold Beers

    I had never been to a Trader Joe's, but I thought I generally understood the concept: Before you go to your friend's house for dinner, this is where you stop by and pick up a six pack of an IPA and some manner of fancy food bullshit so that your guest duties are fulfilled. Trader Joe's is what would ... More >>

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    July 11, 2013

    Lockhart Smokehouse Opening New Location in Plano (Plus Exclusive Pics!!)

    We heard that Lockhart Smokehouse will be opening a new location in Plano soon. This made us very excited. So, we had to ask Jill and Jeff Bergus the most important, journalisty questions about their new place. Here are those serious questions, plus their serious answers, plus artist's renderings of ... More >>

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    May 9, 2013

    Balls, Boobz, and Potatoes: The Cheap Bastard's Iron Fork Recap

    Last night at Iron Fork, a bunch of hipster food people got together and ate food at each other while wearing fashion clothes at the Dallas Contemporary. It was fun. See also: - The 11 Best Bites from the Dallas Observer Iron Fork 2013 - The People and The Food of Iron Fork 2013 I heard it was a ... More >>

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    May 3, 2013

    Pop Diners, Cinco De Mayo and a Slew of Restaurant Openings in This Week's Wrap

    We had a busy week at the CoA. Scott Reitz endured some bad karaoke at Pop Diner at in Uptown. No matter what the T-shirts may say, pulling off good food is sometimes easier said then done. Unless you're drunk, then who cares? Exactly ... We covered some solid Cinco de Mayo festivities and 10 happ ... More >>

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    April 23, 2013

    With Mot Hai Ba, Jeana Johnson and Colleen O'Hare Continue Their Plan of World Domination

    Jeana Johnson and Colleen O'Hare are opening a new Vietnamese restaurant named Mot Hai Ba tonight. I don't know the days of the week very well, so I checked it out last night, before they were open. So, take a look, drool, and drive your mopeds there tonight. Behold: A Sampling of the Food Things of ... More >>

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    March 1, 2013

    For at Least One Night, Garden Café Will Have Booze, but You'll Have to Bring It

    My first impression of Garden Café was presented by Alice Laussade. I was reading City of Ate, preparing to be the next critic at the Observer, and came across her short story about enjoying a sandwich out on the back patio. It ended in a dual mockingbird chair shit. I've loved Alice ever since. A ... More >>

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    September 11, 2012

    Parkit Market Celebrates 50-Years with BOGO Sandwiches and Free Ice and Cups with Keg Rental

    Frank and Ann Todora originally opened their small family-run store and deli, Parkit Market, on Greenville Avenue in 1962. At the time, Central Expressway was a dirt road and the store was surrounded by pastures and cows. This year marks 50 revolutions around the sun for Parkit Market, and despite ... More >>

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    September 7, 2012

    Candy Corn Oreos Will Enter Our World on September 10

    See also: *Candy Corn: The Worst Halloween Candy in the History of Ever Buzzfeed is reporting, brace for it, that Monday, September 10, will be the day the twist-off cookies officially jump the shark: Nabisco will debut candy corn-flavored flavored Oreos. So often you've sunk the crispy cookie into ... More >>

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    July 25, 2012

    Barbec's Is as Sweet as a Hug from Your Grandma

    Follow Cheap Bastard as she scours the city, looking for a good -- or at least non-lethal -- lunch for less than 10 bucks. See also: *A Cheap Lunch at the Zodiac? It's a Gas. *Bistro B Gets an "A" for Awesome Old count: 3,846 People I heard ordering "Cereal to go!": 2 In the parking lot, an old d ... More >>

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    June 20, 2012

    SNACK Gears Up For A Late Night Taco Battle

    An upcoming installment of the Box illuminated the first change at SNACK, the new small-plate restaurant from the folks behind Nosh Euro Bistro. Nick Rallo and Alice Laussade spotted a late-night taco menu scrawled on a chalkboard and asked about the offering. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday eveni ... More >>

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    May 23, 2012

    Yankee Candles Introduces Man Candles, and We're Already Begging for More Scents

    While watching a gripping episode of Nothing's Still Happening on Mad Men, I saw an ad for the best product line ever: Man Candles from Yankee Candles. Yankee Candle is offering Man Candles in scents including 2 x 4, Riding Mower, First Down and Man Town (guessing this one smells like La Bare). C ... More >>

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    April 25, 2012

    Thanks for the Nod D Magazine! Now, Let's Talk Inch-Rate.

    Dear D Magazine: Thank you so much for nominating me for "best columnist." I can't tell you how pleased I am to be in the running. I am determined to win this thing. Thank you for sending me instructions on how to get votes for myself. In a recent email, you said: "People can vote once daily so pl ... More >>

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    November 17, 2011

    Company Café: What It Lacks in Gluten, It Makes Up for With Bacon

    Alice Laussade​Each week, the Cheap Bastard goes looking for a new place to eat a meal for less than nine million dollars. This week, she goes gluten-free at Company Café, 2217 Greenville Ave. Spice rack wall art count: 1 Stroller count: 451 Company Café on Greenville Avenue is for high-m ... More >>

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    November 11, 2011

    Scardello: Their Cheese Will Move You

    Alice Laussade​Each week, the Cheap Bastard goes looking for a new place to eat a meal for less than nine million dollars. This week, she cuts the cheese at Scardello Artisan Cheese, 3511 Oak Lawn Ave., and we hope we mean that literally. Level of fancy I felt eating prosciutto and fig at lun ... More >>

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    November 1, 2011

    The Texas Monthly BBQ Festival Was Pretty Cool, I Guess

    Why is this sign not made of barbecue?​The city of Austin's clothing smelled like delicious, delicious barbecue all the live long day on Sunday. The 2nd Annual Texas Monthly BBQ Festival was stinking up that town something awesome. And if you weren't there to sample brisket, ribs and sausage from ... More >>

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    October 27, 2011

    Five Halloween Candies to Hand Out if You Hate Kids

    Alice LaussadeNana is kinda chalky. ​Monday night is Halloween. Which means it's time to start thinking about what you'll be handing out to the little ones this year. If you're awesome, we know you'll be the house with the king-size Snickers bars and the werewolf droppings. But if you hate kids a ... More >>

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    October 27, 2011

    Bacon Magnet, Lettuce Zapper and Other Food Tools That Should Be Invented

    Hello and thank you, Lucky Charms Sifter. ​ When Gizmodo posted about this Lucky Charms Sifter the other day, we realized there are a ton of equally helpful food tools that need to be invented ASAFP. Here are five badass food tools we want in our hands in the nearest future:

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    October 20, 2011

    Five Delicious Gift Ideas for Snoop Dogg's 40th Birthday

    Happy fortyshizzleth, Snoop Dogg.Today is Snoop Dogg's 40th birthday. Of course he's already been celebrating this birthday for days (most likely because he's so focused on making sure people know, "No, it's spelled D-O-double-G," that he has zero time to worry about what fuckin' day it is). We kno ... More >>

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    October 12, 2011

    Oh, Bacon Snap: The 2011 State Fair of Texas Bacon and Eggs Contest

    Alice Laussade2011 Bacon and Eggs contest at the State Fair of Texas. Idea: Let's put all that stuff in my face.​Yesterday I had the honor of judging at the 2011 State Fair of Texas Bacon and Eggs contest. Yeah, be so jealous. There were six categories for competition: bacon appetizer, bacon e ... More >>

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    September 20, 2011

    BFriedEggLT Corn Dog Shrimp Meat Cone = One Damn Fine Fried Trip to Austin

    Alice LaussadeThe land of the free. And the home of the bacon.​Last weekend, I took my fried obsession on a tour of Austin, and good gravy did I find some winners. Here they are for your artery-clogging pleasure:

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    September 16, 2011

    The Week in Dallas Food: Tiny Sandwiches, Too-Sweet Desserts, and Lots and Lots of Beer

    ​This week we brewed at the zoo, ate some disappointing things, and Leslie Brenner told us another thing wrong with Dallas. Read on. City of Ate/Observer Even if Taj Chaat has Amruth beat as far as charm, interest and adventure, the humble vegetarian former stumbles into second place when it ... More >>

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    September 15, 2011

    The Dog Stop is Bitchin'

    Alice Laussade​The Dog Stop 6857 Arapaho Road 469-360-8370 Minutes I waited for my food: 7 Times I cursed the Chase ATM for charging me a $3 fee: 765 When you inevitably get hit with a real hankerin' for the taste of mashed, tubed-up lips and assholes, The Dog Stop has just the stuff you're ... More >>

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    August 3, 2011

    Velvet Taco Blogging Frenzy: Don't Believe the Hype

    ​Bloggers be crazy. Myself included. Pegasus threw up a headline yesterday announcing that the much-hyped Velvet Taco restaurant (destined to become a soul-sucking chain) is open. The story itself says the restaurant will open this weekend, and links to a series of other stories drinking the PR Ko ... More >>

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    June 29, 2011

    4 Most American Desserts for the 4th

    Love the 4th of July, but hate making the same tired, old desserts every year? Us, too. So, we asked ourselves, "What's more American than apple pie?" Turns out, a lot of things. Here's our list of the top four most American desserts you could make to celebrate our great country this 4th of July: ... More >>

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    May 13, 2011

    Wrapping Up The Week That The Double Double Gods Finally Arrived In North Texas

    These are the assholes who line-jumped at In-N-Out. In case you'd forgotten.​Copper River salmon is nearly back in season, and Dallas plans to open up a new Central Market this year. A recipe for soft shell crab emerges. That's all that happened this week in food bloggery. Oh, and some burge ... More >>

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    May 11, 2011

    In Case You Wanted to Head to In-N-Out Burger...

    Alice Laussade's PhoneThe horror, the horror...​In the post below, Joe warned of the shock-inducing lines to come on the End of Days In-N-Out Opening Day. He said don't be alarmed.Good advice. Writers Alice Laussade and Patrick Michels are at the Frisco location's Grand Opening right now, and have ... More >>

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    April 8, 2011

    Go Ahead, Boss Us Around. We Looooove It. Oo, Yeah.

    ​You controlled the media this week by telling us where to eat and what to eat when we get there. Besides that, a (pseudo)-scandal (allegedly) breaks out at Maple & Motor, and Denton gets some love. Read on. City of Ate In her last-last-last review for the Dallas Observer, Hanna Rakin gets h ... More >>

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    March 25, 2011

    Food Porn, Knorks, Facelifts and Awards -- Stuff Happens

    ​This week in blogs, City of Ate and Alice Laussade were named James Beard Award finalists. And then some other stuff happened. Whatevs... City of Ate As Alice Laussade assured us before, B.E.E. is capable of serving delicious, choose-your-own adventure enchiladas. Hanna Raskin fills up on Te ... More >>

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    March 21, 2011

    Alice Laussade and City of Ate Score James Beard Nominations

    Alice Laussade gets nominated: She was too busy changing diapers -- no, really, she has bred -- to respond right now, so we did it for her (above).​The Cheap Bastard may soon be one fancy, bling-toting bastard. Our beloved Alice Laussade, a regular contributor to City of Ate, today picked up ... More >>

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    March 11, 2011

    This Week Online: Superfood are Spawning, Spaghetti is Good and More

    ​This week in the blogosphere, we learned eaters prefer spaghetti to pineapples and how to satisfy the growing numbers of Hispanic wine drinkers. Besides that, it's time for superfood to spawn and vegan burgers to rise above "decent." Read on. City of Ate Like so many other of its patrons, Ha ... More >>

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    February 9, 2011

    For V Day: Have Yourself a Merry Little Pity Party

    ​Just to be clear: This is not a post about what single people eat. This is about how bitter, sad people can cater their pity party on Valentine's Day when they get home from a day of stomping around, sitting stooped in their cubicles and growling about how "stupid" and "commercialized" everyt ... More >>

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    January 14, 2011

    Hey, Stephan Pyles: Eat This!

    Alice Laussade​Behold, Samar's caramelized apple empanadas with cinnamon ice cream. Yeah, the dessert is super pretty and yeah, it's shockingly small. If we're just talking about looks here, this is the Salma Hayek of desserts. But, hey, you're the kind of person who orders dessert at lunchtim ... More >>

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    January 14, 2011

    Hair-Cooked, Popcorn and Yogurt (Our Last Hair Pun, Promise)

    No. 2 in our photo series "Guys You Don't Want as Waiters if You Don't Like Hair in Your Food."​If hairy chicken, beer-flavored popcorn and frozen yogurt on hiatus should have anything in common, it's only this week in Dallas blogs. City of Ate Hanna Raskin found a hairy situation at Saint An ... More >>

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    January 7, 2011

    The Week in Food: Lots of Lists,
    Plus Some Cabbage for Roughage

    ​ Dallas blogs spent the week wrapping up 2010 in a series of lists and predicting food trends for 2011. City of Ate Hanna Raskin feels diminutive in the face of a face-sized bland chicken breast at Kenny's Italian Kitchen. Alice Laussade edits four-letter words out of her vocabulary to de ... More >>

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    December 30, 2010

    For Local Food Bloggers, It's A Holiday Wrap

    ​Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's is the triathlon of Where To Eat for food blogs. Bloggers have every cuisine covered, from salty duck to eggnog ice cream. On the upside, this should be the last round of Where to Eats until February. Between lists, post-Christmas foodies are reviewing 2 ... More >>

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    December 13, 2010

    It's Em-Effing Cookie-Baking Time: Chocolate Chip Bacon Cookies

    Alice LaussadeChocolate chip cookies with bacon? Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. (He suffers from angina.)​It's the holidays. A time filled with magic and wonder -- a time when wishes are granted. A time when getting completely blackout drunk is socially acceptable and everyone's nice t ... More >>

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    October 22, 2010

    Bad Burgers, Hookahs, Vegans
    and Other Things You Love on the Web

    This week: Alice Laussade explains why candy corn sucks.​As the city descends into crisper temperatures and adopts an orangey hue, seasonal ingredients are rolling into grocery stores while local chefs and food fans are reacting accordingly. So what else is new? Dallas Morning News Leslie Bre ... More >>

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    August 9, 2010

    Photo: Don't Get it, Texadelphia

    Alice Laussade's phoneSeriously, we don't get it.​Uhh... I don't get it, Texadelphia. I thought for sure it was more important that I find your queso than that I find God. But, OK. I'll go find God. Thanks?

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    June 8, 2010

    Basket Case: Kazy's has giant balls. Of tapioca.

    Alice LaussadeHey There, Sugar Balls​Kazy's Gourmet 9256 Markville Drive 972-235-4831 Try: Meiji fruit drop candy Don't try: Konpeito sugar balls I was out of rice wine vinegar, so instead of going to Tom Thumb to pay a zillion dollars for it and wait in the self-checkout line for eight hours w ... More >>

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    June 1, 2010

    Mozzarella Company: Pick up some Texas-made cheese that's totally makeout-worthy.

    Alice Laussade​Mozzarella Company 2944 Elm St. 214-741-4072 Try: Prosciutto Mozzarella Roll I spent my Memorial Day just like everybody else: First I woke up and kissed the soil, high-fived my freedom and gave big ups to all the soldiers past and present who have fought to keep this country so g ... More >>

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