Anthony Bourdain

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2014

    How Dallas' Young Chefs Are Remaking its Dining Scene, in Their Own Words

    The Dallas of 20 years ago exists only on the margins of the current culinary climate. There are more restaurants in this city than ever, and the focus of the chefs who run its best restaurants has shifted dramatically in the last five years. No longer is Dallas known for its decadent-but-boring ste ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2014

    A Passionate Plea for More Tiki Bars in Dallas

    There are exotic plants at the Sunset Lounge on Ross Avenue, but they're in the wallpaper -- giant, two-dimensional green leaves layered geometrically over beige paint as you look left from the bar. I'm looking at them as my attentive bartender, Rodney, who's wearing a stylish Duck Dynasty shirt, te ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2014

    Pakpao Has Lost its Way

    If you haven't been in a while, there have been a lot of changes at the Design District Thai restaurant Pakpao. Owners Richard and Tiffanee Ellman first got attention when they asked chef Eddie Thretipthuangsin to leave late last year. They said they wanted to make Pakpao a "national brand," and the ... More >>

  • Film

    May 15, 2014
  • Blogs

    April 28, 2014

    An Ode to the Duck Fat Yucca Fries at Trinity Groves' Chino Chinatown

    Early one night last week, Trinity Groves, Dallas' text kitchen, was buzzing with people at Kitchen LTO, Amberjax, Resto Gastro Bistro, and Casa Rubia. We chose Chino Chinatown, where everyone was sitting out on the patio enjoying dinner at the restaurant helmed by former caterer and cooking show c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2013

    Mario Batali Deep Fried by Fans after Supporting a Texas Pro-Choice Group

    Last week Sarah Silverman and Lizz Winstead hosted a telethon called "Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can Choose," a fund raiser for a variety of Lady Parts Justice, a Texas-based pro-choice organization that promoted the event under the Twitter handle @TXWomenForever. During the telethon chef Mario Batali ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2013

    Chefs Tiffany Derry and Uno Immanivong Are Throwing a Pop-Up Dinner at Wine Poste

    If you're a competitive-cooking-reality-TV enthusiast, you're certainly familiar with Dallas' own Tiffany Derry and Uno Immanivong, who have appeared on Top Chef and The Taste, respectively. The duo is tossing some dishes together for a dinner at Wine Poste next Thursday, October 17. See Also: - ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 12, 2013

    Enticed by Sushi Sake

    Takashi Soda's sushi restaurant isn't perfect, but it's seduced a lot of fans.

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2013

    NPR is Doing a Barbecue Segment Today, and Brisket Help Us If Daniel Vaughn Isn't On it

    If you can't get enough of blogger-turned-professional barbecue snob Daniel Vaughn, you might want to tune your radio dial (does anyone still do that?) to KERA 90.1 this afternoon at 1 p.m. The entire second hour of Krys Boyd's Think will be devoted to brisket, ribs, sausages and the endless debate ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 17, 2013
  • Blogs

    December 3, 2012

    An Englishman Road-Trips to Cowtown for Barbecue-palooza. Eats Cow.

    In the first of a thankfully brief series, I show you the delights that could be in store for you if you brave the horrors of Interstate 20 and I-30, and issue you a challenge. Go on a barbecue road trip out of Dallas with some good friends, and try to hit three places or more in one day without eit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2012

    Burgers Burgers Burgers: This Week In Dallas Dining

    I've never been more excited to have control of my diet again. This will be a weekend full of smoothies, salads and as much exercise as I can handle, but definitely no burgers. Things weren't all beef related here on CoA. Alice took a look Top Chef's three Dallas-based contestants and cheered them ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2012

    Dallas BBQ Not Good Enough for The Daily Meal's "Ultimate BBQ Road Trip"

    Last week, my boyfriend Tim at the Daily Meal (we've actually never met) sent me an email (went to spam box first) about an Ultimate BBQ Road Trip. His greeting started with "Exciting news ... " about their "explicitly mouthwatering lineup of Barbecue restaurants across the southern United States... ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2012

    Chuy's And Del Frisco's Restaurant Offer Shares On Wall Street

    Chuy's is now a publicly traded enchilada maker. This morning they offered nearly 6 million shares on the NASDAQ exchange for $13 each. By noon the stock prices had risen16 percent to $15.20, indicating Wall Street is at least temporarily bullish on Chicka-Chicka Boom-Boom enchiladas. Chuy's plans ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2012

    Daniel Vaughn: The BBQ Snob

    In this week's Dallas Observer we profile 30 of the metro area's most interesting characters, with new portraits of each from local photographer Mark Graham. See the entire Dallas Observer People Issue here. If you tend to the fires from which smoked brisket is rendered, be mindful: The BBQ Snob is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2012

    Five Kickass Cookbooks That Aren't Regular Cookbooks

    I have a metric junkton of cookbooks in my kitchen, but, there are a few that are my absolute favorites. Some sit on the shelf and have never been opened, while others are so banged up from use that you can barely read the recipes anymore. And then, there are the cookbooks that are conversation st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2012

    The Universal Food Shame Scale

    Damn. Eating that freezer burrito made you feel like an awful human being. But, exactly how awful? Wish there was a way to know exactly how much shame you should feel when you eat a horrible, awful food? Wish. Effing. Granted. Above is our very helpful, very scientific Universal Food Shame Scale: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2012

    Sundown Chef Patrick Stark Talks Sourcing Locally and Scorching Hot Pans

    Originally from Akron, Ohio, Patrick Stark, chef at Sundown at Granada, enrolled in the Culinary Institute of America fresh out of high school at 17 years of age, partially because he just wanted the get the hell outta town. He's worked throughout the United States, a few spots in Europe and had a t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2012

    Where and How to Drink Fernet in Dallas

    In a recent episode of Anthony Bourdain's The Layover, he and famed English chef Fergus Henderson bond over a shot of something called Fernet Branca, seated at a London sidewalk café for an afternoon pick me-up. "Steadying," Bourdain declares after shooting the dark brown, slightly ominous syrup ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2011

    Checking In With the City-Run Majestic Theater, Which Is Getting a Bit of a Facelift

    Office of Cultural AffairsFrom the stage, a view of the Majestic Theater's auditorium, barely visible through the scaffolding​A Friend of Unfair Park who lives near the Majestic Theater (lucky!) wonders what's going on inside the historic venue, which, earlier this year, had its roof replaced and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2011

    In-N-Out v. Whataburger, the Wine Wisdom of Andrew Chalk, and More from the Week in Dallas Food Yammering

    ​This week in Dallas blogs, more people tried to settle the debate between Whataburger and In-N-Out, a restaurant in Pennsylvania banned volume-challenged five-year-olds, and a place that looks like a tattoo parlor produced some damn good lamb shank. Read on. City of Ate Alice Laussade staged ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2011

    Iron Fork 2011: Watch Scott Romano Make a Scotch Egg

    Nick RalloA judge cracks into Scott's Scotch egg​One of the dishes that blew the judges minds at Iron Fork last night (still full, by the way) was Scott Romano's Scotch egg. A Scotch egg is traditionally prepared by hard boiling an egg, wrapping it in sausage and breading, then deep frying the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2011

    Jamie Oliver's Great Escape

    Jamie Oliver at Athens​From the moment my inner ear first caught a bit of Jamie Oliver's East End, London, accent, with its gargled consonants and street urchin patois (he's the Artful Dodger with a frying pan) I was hooked. I've always considered Oliver to be a cut above most of the air-bru ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2011

    Chef Tell: The Big Italian Challenge at the Big Italian Restaurant

    ​Last night was a big night. A big family night. A big Italian family night. As much as I love me some Tre and Tiffany, I was rooting for Fabio big time. If I had the money, I'd want Fabio to record an audio book for me of his own stories.But before we got any sign of garlic or pasta, there was th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2011

    Chef Tell: Finally.

    ​Real quick, here's a breakdown of last night's Top Chef All Stars so I can get to the point (the real point): There was no Quickfire. The chefs woke up at the ass-crack and drove to Montauk for a four-hour fishing trip. They were split into four teams of three and the goal was to catch as many fi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2010

    Chef Tell: Mise en Place and Celebrity Chef Double Whammy

    ​First off, I was on vacation last week so apologies for the lack of Top Chef All Stars recap. And while we're on the subject of last week, yes, I need a vacation from my vacation and DANG! that was one amazing showdown by eliminated chef Jen. Also, I appreciated that Tom acknowledged that a chef ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2010

    Chef Daniele Puleo on Surfing Trends
    While Staying True to Heart

    Daniele Puleo​Chef Daniele Puleo and his fiancée are having dinner when we arrive at Daniele Osteria. When I called to let him know we're stuck in traffic, he tells me to take my time. "We'll go ahead and order," he says. I don't know who he's talking about at the time. But I am nervous to di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2010

    Eating Asian in the Big Apple: The Highs, the Lows, the Many

    Bone Marrow at Prune​Having been on a business trip in New York for the last two weeks, I thought, surely I'd be off blogging duties. However, the man had different ideas for me, with a seemingly innocuous send-off of, "Have a safe trip. Send in anything interesting you might find." Crap. See ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2010

    The Mansion's Bruno Davaillon
    On Food Trends and His Need for Speed

    Photo by Robert BostickBruno Davaillon​Yesterday posted a short profile of chef Bruno Davaillon of The Mansion on Turtle Creek in which he discussed his farm background and rise to success as a chef. Today we ask the chef a few questions to get an idea of some of his passions in life. Tomorrow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2010

    From an Old Trove of Recipes,
    Cottoning To a Tasty Oil

    Photos by Elaine LinerBooklets like these from American food and appliance manufacturers were favorites among young "homemakers" in the first half of the 20th century.​My mom saves everything. When I helped her move last month, I begged her to jettison the trunks and boxes and tubs of old pape ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2010

    Part 2: Chef John Tesar on Fatherhood, Sushi and Anthony Bourdain's Drinking Skills

    Photo by Robert Bostick​In part two of our continuing three-part chef's series we asked chef John Tesar a few questions while we visited with him at Dallas Fish Market. Chef Tesar was more than happy to discuss the birth of his son, Kim Pierce's secret spot and Anthony Bourdain's drinking habi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2010

    Pho From Home: Ngoc Suong

    Photos by Kristy YangBun Cha​After a positive dining experience at the Super H Mart last week, I asked my mother if she was up for joining me on one more food expedition before she leaves town. She said yes, but any early excitement she held for Grimaldi's pizza or Rise No. 1 baguettes soon dissip ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2009

    Veggie Guy: Mexican Comfort Food

    ​The On The Range piece about Machacado con Huevo last week brought back some old memories from my childhood. I was born and raised in South Texas by immigrant Mexican parents. My mother was from Guanajuato, and my father migrated from San Fernando, Tamaulipas. Mom's home cooking mostly entailed e ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 3, 2009

    In Park's Kitchen, Prodigal Son Marc Cassel Makes His Return

    The trendy spot is destined for success, though its menu is still a work in progress.

  • Dining

    June 18, 2009
  • Blogs

    May 26, 2009

    10 Questions: Jeff Harris of Craft

    Harris is so new, the restaurant website still lists Zappola as chef. So here's the interior, instead.When chef Anthony Zappola left for Craft in Los Angeles, the restaurant promoted Harris to the top spot.Formerly sous chef in Tom Colicchio's Dallas outpost, Harris arrived from Craft New York ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2009

    Stories Of Misconduct

    Every once in awhile I wonder just why some people are keen to lavish praise on restaurant owners. Yeah, I know--the Food Network and those in the media who promote the celebrity chef idea share a portion of the blame. But many of the folks who dine regularly simply don't wish to peer behind the cur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2008
  • Calendar

    March 27, 2008

    The Colors of Katrina

    Burkholder shows the blues...and other hues

  • Dining

    February 28, 2008

    Review: BayGrill in Frisco

    A long way from the shore, Frisco's BayGrill does fish (mostly) right

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2007

    Tré Wilcox: Under -- and Over -- Fire

    Tré Wilcox almost got kicked off Top Chef last night -- but at least he got in the plug for his restaurant. For a change, guest Top Chef blogger Anthony Bourdain's post concerning this week's episode is up in a timely fashion. So rather than belabor the obvious -- when no one gets kicked off a real ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2007
  • Film

    July 26, 2007

    Light Dining

    No Reservations is sweet and savory fare. Without the foam.

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2007
  • Blogs

    June 14, 2007

    Dallas' Own Tre Wilcox is the First to Top Top Chef

    Wow, that Casey Thompson is a Yeah, we'll go with that. One thing became perfectly clear during the Season Three premiere of Bravo's Top Chef last night: Head judge and the W's Craft-man Tom Colicchio has a man-crush on Abacus' Chef de Cuisine Tre Wilcox. After Wilcox fumbled t ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 14, 2007

    Just Beachy

    You can almost hear the surf pound at the Cape Grill

  • Music

    May 25, 2006

    No Reservations

    Change is on the menu for Pretty Girls Make Graves

  • Calendar

    September 29, 2005