Alice Laussade

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    October 23, 2014

    The Best New French Fries in Dallas

    A few days ago, something disturbing happened to me. The image is seared deep into the folds of my brain: I ordered a salad as a side of my burger. It was trumpet bright, fresh with good olive oil, full of radishes, and still light years from being as awesome as a huge pile of fries. It hurts a li ... More >>

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    August 29, 2014

    One Nostalgia Place Is the Shitty Bar of My Dreams

    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. I had always wanted to go to Cocktails Dancing (6521 Abrams Rd). On Abrams Road, right next door to a Title Max and a tir ... More >>

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    August 25, 2014

    How to Have Cool Ice Balls in Your Drink without Buying a $1,000 Ice Baller

    It's Drinking Week at City of Ate, which means even more stories than usual about our favorite past time. Check back for more stories about craft beer, killer bartenders and more. If you drink boozes, you've probably had a giant ice cube or ice sphere thrown into your beverage at a local bar. The r ... More >>

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    August 1, 2014

    BREAKING: 311 is still 311'ing.

    311 released a new album in March. To answer your question: Yes, they're still doing that. They played a concert last night at South Side Ballroom. To answer your second question: Yes, people actually still go see them play. In fact, many, many people were in line at South Side anxiously waiting to ... More >>

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    July 21, 2014

    How Lockhart Smokehouse Smokes its Brisket

    In a new series we're calling Shigging, we'll be asking pitmasters to give us some specifics about how they smoke their meats. If you're unfamiliar with the term "shigging," here's our definition: An attempt to steal secrets from a barbecue badass in order to make your own barbecue better. Some peo ... More >>

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    May 15, 2014

    The Top 10 Signs You're at a Dad Rock Concert

    If you were a dad, you'd probably have circled a certain date on your calendar months ago. (And no, it wasn't Mother's Day, you big silly.) What date is that, you might ask? Why, this coming Saturday, May 17. That's the night that the whole goddamn universe is going to explode because Foreigner is c ... More >>

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    March 31, 2014

    Rollngo, Dallas' New Vietnamese Fast Food Restaurant, Is Now Open

    If you like Bistro B but don't have time for a full-service dining experience (or to make your way through their 500 item menu), you might check out Rollngo on Greenville Avenue. Bistro B's sister restaurant opened last week, just south of Northwest Highway, and offers Vietnamese food on the fly. B ... More >>

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    March 21, 2014

    The Rules of Scott Stapp

    "Why on earth would you want a ticket to see the guy from Creed?" Gavin Cleaver asked me, after I asked if there were still tickets available for the Scott Stapp show at House of Blues. As it turns out, he wouldn't be the last one to ask that question. Even my plus one only agreed to come because sh ... More >>

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    February 26, 2014

    Early 2014 Fast Food News Indicates We Actually Live Inside a Stuffed Dorito

    We're nearly three months into the new year, and the most commonly used suffix must be "pocalypse." So, send in Godzilla: these things have all happened in the year-to-date. We've got: - Cinnabon-scented air fresheners - Tacos named after extra, extra large t-shirts

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    December 26, 2013

    Skip the Line at Pecan Lodge -- For Charity

    Pecan Lodge is the best place in the city to get fat. Have you ever wished, though, that the legendarily long line (or "queue" as civilised people call it) suddenly ceased to be a problem, leaving you free to waltz up the front counter and secure your meat? You could have lunch at Pecan Lodge in the ... More >>

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    September 3, 2013

    The Seating at Mot Hai Ba Gets an Upgrade, Can No Longer Be Called My Hot Butt

    When Alice Laussade spoke with the owners during the course of her first look at Mot Hai Ba, she called the fledgling Vietnamese restaurant My Hot Butt. Owner Jeana Johnson was kind enough to continue the interview, but the joke likely stuck with customers who subsequently dined in the restaurant. T ... More >>

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    July 24, 2013

    Taking My Daughter to See One Direction -- Am I Effin' Mother of the Year or What?

    Monday night, I went to a One Direction concert with my daughter. "What is One Direction?" you blessed, fortunate, blissfully unaware life-livers ask? One Direction is a highly publicized group of styled boys who gather on stage and say words into very powerful microphones to thousands upon thousand ... More >>

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    June 7, 2013

    Happy National Doughnut Day. Here's Where You Should Get Doughnuts in Dallas

    I'm an unapologetic Shipley's fan. I don't know of many things better than a plain glazed warm Shipley's doughnut that melts in your mouth like angels singing atop a beautiful mountain overlooking ... you get the scene. Most important: One free glazed doughnut today until noon! See Also: -- Delic ... More >>

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    March 22, 2013

    South American Food, Accomplished Writers and Feathery Duck: This Week In Dallas Dining

    It's Friday if you haven't noticed. Hopefully you have some weekend plans? If you're still looking be sure to check out Lauren's events guide, but don't run out the door just yet. Let's wrap this week up, first. This week I reviewed Joyce and Gigi's, the new South American restaurant in East Dalla ... More >>

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    January 18, 2013

    Stampedes, Crickets, Mango Cookies: This Week in Dallas Dining

    Observer food critic Scott Reitz is off work being a good son this weekend, so I'll wrap it up for the week. Stephan Pyles' new restaurant Stampede 66 was the subject of this week's review. Scott was disappointed cricket tacos weren't on the menu, despite the how comical those little legs are if ... More >>

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    December 28, 2012

    Our Nine Favorite National Food Days of the Year, Including Doughnuts, Pizza, Beer and Fluffernutters

    1. National Doughnut Day With Hypnotic Doughnut's new advertising campaign, every day is doughnut day for the north side window seats at the Observer offices. Constantly gazing at this sign has proven... well, nothing really. Just that we pity the fools on low-carb diets. Back in June of this year, ... More >>

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    November 5, 2012

    Presenting: The Winners of Meat Fight 2012 (And Incredible Meat Photos)

    Sunday, at Sons of Hermann Hall, it was every carnivores' dream Meat Prom. Purple, sparkling pigs, each wearing tiny party hats, sat on top of tables and glittered gold letters on standing signs indicated where myriad animal parts would be served. This was the scene at Meat Fight. In case you miss ... More >>

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    September 26, 2012

    Where to Find the Big Tex Choice Award Food Finalists at the State Fair of Texas

    It's here! Fried Christmas!!! That delicious waft of funnel cake corny dog world's biggest Frito pie horse-ish ladyman stank you'll get when you walk through the turnstiles at the fair is gonna hit you like a Lisa Frank double food rainbow. And you will love it. See also: Fried Jambalaya, Fri ... More >>

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    August 9, 2012

    Gyro Scoping: Get Your Mom into Some Greek at Kostas Cafe

    Each week, Alice "Cheap Bastard" Laussade scours the city for good, cheap lunches. Well, most weeks. Many weeks. OK, she does whatever she damn well please when she freakin' feels like it. (We don't argue. The woman carries a shiv. Rumor has it, she's on parole.) This week, she felt like a little Gr ... More >>

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    July 19, 2012

    Cheap Bastard Alice Laussade Named Best Columnist By D. No Hunger Strike After All.

    Our very own Alice Laussade was just named Best Columnist by D Magazine, which is good because Alice had planned to do some very weird things had she been snubbed this year. The cultural section of the glossy's annual Best of Big D issue names other arts and life bests, including the BBQ Snob for ... More >>

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    July 3, 2012

    Taqueria Mezquite Changes Up One Of Dallas' Better Tacos

    Alice Laussade doesn't ask to hang out with me much, so when she invited me to tag along for one of her Cheap Bastard reviews I jumped on it. José "Taco Trail" Maldonado picked the place, Taqueria Mezquite, and it was just down the street. It was taco time. While I munched on some carnitas-stuffed ... More >>

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    June 29, 2012

    Driftwood, People 2012 And A Gorgeous Bowl Of Soup: This Week In Dallas Food Blogging

    Any time a big holiday falls in the middle of the week, the question on everyone's mind is which weekend to celebrate on. Obviously the answer is both, so half of Dallas should be out on their lawns with canned beers, Popsicles and sparklers in just a few moments. If it gets too hot your you you can ... More >>

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    June 15, 2012

    Why Did Alice Cross the Road? To Get to Taqueria Mezquite.

    Times I kicked myself for every time I've eaten at Ojeda's in my life instead of eating across the damned street at Taqueria Mezquite: 126,229 Credit card machine count: 0 Taqueria Mezquite is across the street from Ojeda's. And you want it in your face. The murals on the outside say "Taqueria Mezq ... More >>

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    May 9, 2012

    Last Night: The Dallas Observer's Iron Fork at the Fashion Industry Gallery

    Last night brought the Observer's annual celebration of station-to-station face-stuffing, a tasting event and cooking competition that packed downtown's sleek Fashion Industry Gallery and packed on a few pounds as well. The highlight of the night, not counting the three Tiff's Treats I stuffed in m ... More >>

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    January 6, 2012

    You Say Guanciale, I Say Delicious: This Week In Fatness

    Well. Here we go. Hope your tree and other decorations are taken down and put away. The "New Year" is quickly becoming the plain old month of January. We've got a lot of eating to do. And we're starting with burgers. Alice Laussade and I both tackled Stackhouse this week. And we both liked it, too. ... More >>

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    January 5, 2012

    Stackhouse: A Burger Makes a Great Platform for a Fried Egg. So Does Everything Else.

    Each week, the Cheap Bastard goes looking for a new place to eat a meal for less than nine million dollars. This week, we accidentally sent her and Scott Reitz to try the burgers at Stackhouse, 2917 Gaston Ave., 214-828-1330. They both liked the joint. They both also, we suspect, have arteries like ... More >>

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    December 30, 2011

    Pasta, Cheese, Bathtubs and Boobs: This Week in the Dallas Blogoshpere

    Slow day here at the Observer. Slow week, even. It's almost depressing coming to terms with the fact that the holiday season is coming to an end, you're suddenly fat, your resolutions start next week and you have to at least pretend that you want to be a better person, and oh, you're not getting ano ... More >>

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    December 16, 2011

    Sweet Sue Diner: Friendly, Cheap and Lots of Thongs -- That's a Sue to Love

    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's full of sugar at Sweet Sue Diner, 3813 Bird St., 469-734-1864. At least, we think it was sugar. Something beginning with an "S" anyhow. Other times in my ... 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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    October 25, 2011

    Texans Eat Out More Than Anyone. No Wonder We're So Fat.

    Alice LaussadeMeanwhile, back at the house, those leftovers in the fridge go bad.​Texans eat more than 3.5 meals a week in restaurants, according to Zagat. That's more than the diners in any other state in this great, fat union of ours. Houston leads the way, eating a full four meals a week ou ... More >>

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    October 19, 2011

    Introducing The Starbucks Singing Barista Dude

    Alice LaussadeSinging Barista Dude: The chipperest mother fucker ever.​You find yourself in the drive-through line at the Starbucks. You're not necessarily proud of choosing Starbucks over White Rock Coffee or Pearl Cup, but it's early, they're convenient and you're an un-coffee-ed bitch who needs ... More >>

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    October 13, 2011

    Candy Corn: The Worst Halloween Candy in the History of Ever

    Candy corn is grosser than gross.​Candy corn, I hate you. Mainly because -- and I'm going to be blunt here -- you fucking suck. You taste like pre-digested marshmallows and Sweet Vanilla Shit Meadow Febreze had a flavor baby. You're punishment candy. People who give out candy corn on Halloween wou ... More >>

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    September 6, 2011

    Fried Bubble Gum Wins, Tastes Like My Little Pony Turds

    Taryn WalkerFried bubble gum is really a fried strawberry-flavored marshmallow. Yum? More photos in the slideshow.This Labor Day, winners were crowned for the Big Tex Choice Awards. ​And we were definitely a little (OK, maybe a lot) excited. Like, a lot a lot. Allan W ... More >>

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    September 2, 2011

    We Still Like Hamburgers and Fried Things, According to This Week In Food Blog Land

    ​This week, the food media saw plenty of ungodly fried things, men who like burgers and more chocolate and crepes than you could ever want (though not in the same place, unfortunately.) Read on. City of Ate/Observer Scott Reitz offered his opinion of The Grape, saying that restaurants are sup ... More >>

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    August 5, 2011

    Hack Saws and Fried Guacamole. Who Else is Proud to be a Texan?

    ​ This week in food blogs, a Dallas chef milked cows and wielded a hack saw to win $10,000; El Bulli closed; and we gave you an arsenal of excuses to eat and drink. Read on. City of Ate If you're looking for Ethiopian food that is as nonthreatening as it is tasty, Scott Reitz suggests Ibex E ... More >>

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    July 15, 2011

    Burger Experts Eating Burgers: Dallas' Meat Mavens Test Fast Food

    Sara KerensJack Perkins holds up the contestants: Whataburger and In-N-Out (left, right)​In the paper version of City of Ate this week, Alice Laussade writes of the patty smackdown we ordered between Whataburger and In-N-Out burger. We got Grape owner Brian Luscher, Angry Dog owner Todd Dicker ... More >>

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    June 17, 2011

    Lettuce Wrap Up: Crappy Burgers, NOSH, and Dad

    Sara Kerens​Now that Dallas has cooled off from the In-N-Out craze (and Irving has cooled off from T.G.I. Fridays - forever), we're ready to start thinking about other foods, such as the rare Texas peach, brunch at NOSH, and burgers that are quite, er, innovative. Read on. City of Ate Jose Ralat ... More >>

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    June 10, 2011

    More Burgers. Always More Burgers. And Other Stuff.

    Mai Pham /Houston Press Remember when a burger was just a damn burger? Man, you're old.​If you like burgers or the word "unctuous," this week in Dallas blogs was a delightful bounty. If you prefer barbecue and invention conventions, just 'til tomorrow. Read on. City of Ate Andrew Marton stre ... More >>

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    June 3, 2011

    Lettuce Wrap Up: Of Miami BBQ Sucks, Douche-bars, and Magnums

    Utopias. A really expensive beer.​There was plenty going still going on with In-N-Out and food trucks this week, but I think we all need some time off. Instead, Dallas blogs have soda-and-burger paintings, fighting words about sous-vide and sweaters, and Miami spurting some nonsense. Read on. Cit ... More >>

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    May 20, 2011

    In-N-Out's Here. What's Left to Talk About?

    ​This week, presumably, Dallas has moved past waiting three hours for and crying over hamburgers. We're on to more sophisticated things, like hamburgers with 8,000 calories, ballpark grub and how much we all hate the word "gooey." Read on. City of Ate Jenny Block couldn't find much wrong with ... More >>

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    May 13, 2011

    Five Ways To Get Unlucky By Eating On Friday The 13th

    ​If you haven't already been reminded by 90 coworkers today, we're happy to tell you that today's Friday the 13th. According to Wikipedia, fear of Friday the 13th is called friggatriskaidekaphobia. So now you know that. Nerd. Since today's already unlucky, in the spirit of getting screwed by ... More >>

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    April 29, 2011

    Week in Blogs: Smoked Meat, Meat Soap and Wiener Men. Can You say Freudian?

    Sara KerensLockhart Smokehouse​This week, Dallasites get cheesy and try to wash away their troubles with meat soap. No, really. Read on. City of Ate Cedars Social isn't all that great, concludes Jose Ralat Maldonado. The "comfort" food is ultimately disappointing and over salted, but hopefull ... More >>

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    April 1, 2011

    Elephants Never Forget, and We Won't Forget What's Her Name...Hanna

    ​There's an elephant in the room. Or maybe at the Dallas Farmers Market. Read on. City of Ate For her next-to-last Dallas review, Hanna Raskin visits Park and finds the dishes overwrought, misleading and inconsistent -- and drowned in lemon juice. Alice Laussade describes the food at Szechwa ... More >>

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    February 11, 2011

    Bloggers Leave Super Bowl Behind but Can't Stop Talking About the Weather...oh yeah, and V Day

    ​Now that blogs are wrapping up Superbowl coverage, they've moved on to buzzing about two more Dallas observations: cold weather and Valentine's Day. They're answering what to eat to keep warm, what to eat to get laid and what to do when your Which Wich is too short. But really, we just want ... More >>

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    December 7, 2010

    It's Em-Effing Cookie Baking Time:
    Black Forest Crinkle Cookies

    Alice LaussadeOr you could skip the baking and snuggle up with a bottle of optional ingredient.​'Tis the season to get fat on Black Forest crinkle cookies. They're chocolatey. They're cherry-y. These Black Forest crinkle cookies will blow your face off with deliciousness. They taste like brown ... More >>

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    July 16, 2010

    Mini-Cocktails, a Tex-Mex Import
    And More in the Week in Local Food

    Photo by Sara KerensLos Cabos: This is how they do it in Oklahoma.​ This week's Dallas foodie coverage is a buffet of news and new menu items, from sparkling wines, giant burgers, tiny and fiery cocktails, shops opening and closing and then some. Check out this week's Sloppy Seconds. The Week ... More >>

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    May 25, 2010

    Nice rack. (Of spices, duh.)

    Alice LaussadeMuch tastier than the "Dick Head" spice​Penzeys Spices 12835 Preston Rd. 972-392-7777Try: Vanilla Sugar Don't try: leaving without buying anything You ever get started making dinner only to realize the recipe calls for some weird ass spice that you know is neither a) in your spice ... More >>

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