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    September 3, 2014

    Checking Out Cold Beer Company (CBC), Now Open (and Burger-Free!) in Deep Ellum

    CBC (Cold Beer Company) opened in Deep Ellum over the weekend, serving up a mix of casual pub grub and (of course) plenty of cold beer. Keeping a good mix of local craft beers on tap is hardly a differentiator in Dallas these days, but CBC does have some change-ups that make the space worth a look. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2014

    TCU Students in Drug Bust Have Had a Helluva Time Getting Their Cars Back From Police

    Most people have more or less forgotten the high-profile TCU drug bust of February 2012. Aside from the presence of four football players among the 18 arrested and the relatively rare chance for TV stations to run a mugshot gallery full of privileged college kids, the revelation that a bunch of youn ... More >>

  • Film

    January 9, 2014
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    October 28, 2013

    The Jason Aldean Concert at Fair Park on Saturday Got Pretty Wild

    Attention white people: It might be time to take heed of all those stay-away-from-Fair Park warnings you heard growing up, because when you take the pop-country stylings of Jason Aldean, whose Night Train Tour made a stop at Gexa Energy Pavilion Saturday night, and mix in a little alcohol, you becom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2013

    Yelp Will Now Allow Mobile Reviews, So Get Ready for Some Poetry on the Go

    Yesterday, on its blog, Yelp announced that it will let users report their experiences from mobile devices. The update rolled out to iPhone platforms yesterday, and should be available for Android soon. The new version allows users to ostensibly report on their experiences in real-time, instead of ... More >>

  • News

    June 6, 2013

    A Gun-Dumb Brit's Journey into American Gun Culture

    To conquer his fear of guns, a British immigrant takes a road trip to gun lovers' mecca: the NRA Convention.

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2013

    The Postal Service Reunion was Ten Years Coming. Do you Feel Old Yet?

    If you are in or around your mid-twenties, this probably isn't the first time you've felt the cold hands of classic-rockdom closing around your neck. (For me, it was seeing a Garden State DVD on the bargain shelf at an FYE. And then, right afterward, it was thinking, "Man, I can't believe I used to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2012

    From Silverware Theft to Fights in Bars, The Legal Low-Down for Restaurant Owners

    OK team, huddle 'round and take a knee. We realize we cover a lot of topics pertaining to burgers, beer and tacos here at the City of Ate. And that's all fun and games until someone gets an eye poked out. And by that we mean jabbed in the eye socket with a lawsuit. Suppose an errant knife or deep- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2012

    There's More Booze and More Space at Liberty Burger in Keller Springs

    More booze and more space--that's what's new at the new Addison Liberty Burger location. I cozied up to the bar the day after its grand opening (and yes, it just opened September 11, despite the sign off the Tollway being up for months) and found myself next to a pressed-collar Dallas businessman ty ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2012

    Firexbox Doesn't Ignite the Taste Buds -- or Other Body Parts, Luckily

    You'd think that there's no way that Firexbox could be the name of a restaurant, but you'd be wrong. When I first saw it, I thought, "Surely there's just a typeface issue here with their logo and they mean Fire Box with chopsticks in the middle and that design element just went wrong." But, nope. Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2012

    Huevos Estrellados is About to Go Huge (If the Quarter Slots Are Hot)

    My aunt is betting the farm out in Las Vegas this week (we agreed it's a good time to sell) and last night she sent me a picture of a dish she's had twice at Julian Serrano's restaurant in the ARIA resort and casino. The dish is called Huevos Estrellados, which is a plate of french fries covered wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2012

    Jampact Works Out Some Glitches at the Nasher

    Last night I attended a new improvisational night at the Nasher Sculpture Center, led by SMU's Meadows School of the Arts Dean and pianist José Bowen. He and his band, Jampact, played for close to an hour, dipping in and out of free jazz, funk and electronic pockets. In addition, dancer Jennifer Ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 69: Bolognese At Princi Italia

    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 Princi Italia failed to inspire me with many of their dishes, this Bolognese cap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 71: Breakfast Schnitzel At Crossroads Diner

    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 your mother's breaded pork cutlet? She probably baked it in a Pyrex dish on T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 84: Brisket Tacos At Manny'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. Brisket Tacos: perhaps one of the few foods Dallas can take credit for inventing, at l ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 24, 2012
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    May 21, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 88: The Reuben At The Cock & Bull

    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 went back to confirm, after last week's post. The Reuben is back at The Cock & Bull ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 3, 2012
  • Music

    March 1, 2012
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    February 22, 2012

    Dallas' Five Best Margaritas, in Honor of National Margarita Day

    The margarita may be the greatest drink of all time, if only because it almost always comes alongside a free, bottomless basket of chips and salsa. Born out of desperation, the margarita originally provided a way to choke down bad tequila. At some restaurants this still holds true. At others the dri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2012

    Dallas' Five Best Fried Chicken Meals

    I once paged through a diet book that listed foods as good and bad. Salads dressed with not too sweet and not too fatty dressing were good. Steamed or boiled shrimp was good. According to the book you could eat as much of the good stuff as you wanted. Bad foods like pizza and burgers had to be consu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2012

    A Requiem for Cheap PBR

    I got a kick out of this picture from Lauren's Love Shack burger story earlier today. Maybe a decade or so ago, I used to buy an occasional six-pack of Pabst Blue Ribbon at a Giant grocery store near my place. I think I paid $4-something for that sixer. I know I paid less than $5. Half a case wasn't ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2012

    Guess Where I'm Eating: Reuben Edition

    Every now and then I page through the hundreds of photos in my iPhone and wonder what the hell I'm doing to myself. I am a man made of burgers and fries and tacos, and apparently since coming to Dallas I've eaten a shit-ton of Reuben sandwiches. Most of them have let me down, but there have been a f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2012

    Dallas' Six Best Half-Price Happy Hours

    It's the New Year. Maybe one of your resolutions is to save a little scratch. But just because food is cheap doesn't mean it's good. Here are six spots we think do a good job of offering up the cheap eats, including this year's winner for Best Half-Priced Food. Get more of Dallas' best with our Best ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2012

    Meatless Monday Is Harder Than I Thought

    Ed. note: Along with our booze correspondent, food critic Scott Reitz is trying his mouth at going meatless on Mondays. They'll occasionally relay their experiences. So far Scott sucks at it. It sounded soooooooo easy. Drop meat on Mondays -- it'll help save the world and shit. And it's only one da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2011

    Dallas' Five Best Breakfasts

    Before brunch, there was breakfast: an honest, no-frills meal that started the day at home, or at the diner, or, if you were lucky, at the taqueria around the corner. While brunch is all about the hangover cures, sobriety cures and wondering which J Crew shirt to wear, breakfast is an honest, workin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2011

    Italian Eats, Stackhouse Love, and a Cheap-Ass Sandwich: This Week in Dallas Grubbing

    ​Ugh. On the heels of a massive bowl of Pho with a Dallas Super Yelper (more on that next week), I'm ready for a quiet night at home. I wonder how many minutes I'll last alone on my couch before I get the bug to get out and look for something to interesting to eat. I give myself till 7:30 tops ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2011

    Paved Off: Three Venue Parking Lots You'll Always Get Stuck In Well After a Show Ends

    Let's say you've paid really good money to see a show and, as such, you want to stay until the very end. You see the people who don't want to stay through the encore -- they're heading toward the exits so they can get out to their cars and beat the traffic home -- but you stay in your seat. You ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2011

    Watch: New Fumes -- "Millenium Crux"

    New Fumes​In a few week's time, we'll have a piece in the print edition in which we discuss with Tim DeLaughter all that he has in store -- not only with the Polyphonic Spree or with his solo and new band recordings, but also with his new business model at Good Records Recordings, which is finding ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2010

    Bite It, Big Apple

    ​Again, something with which to occupy your time while we wait on return calls ...This time, it's a New York Post piece that ran a couple of days back from a local scribe of note who writes that no way, no how would he move to New York City, even if they do have real bagels. It's been e-mailed and ... More >>

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    November 4, 2010
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    November 1, 2010

    A Crabby Date Spoils the Seafood at Trulucks

    Better on your plate than as your date​Truluck's could be a great date place, if you're there with a good date. Intimate, cozy lit booths make you feel comfortable talking to someone without worrying about other customers hearing your banter. It even has a special Date Night Menu for $35 per p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2010

    100 Favorite Dishes: Lomo Norteño
    At Veracruz Cafe

    Photo by Jesse HugheySomwhere in here is a dish Jesse swears is really good. (We think he's just angling for an iPhone.) Luckily, his sense of taste is better than his vision.​As a countdown to the Dallas Observer's "Best of Dallas" 2010, City of Ate is serving up 100 of the favorite dishes we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2010

    Riverboat Gamblers To Play Double Wide's Warped Tour After-Party on Saturday. Also: They're Running a Remix Contest. And They Played Daytrotter. And They Have An App.

    G-A-M-B-L-E-R!​In this week's paper, which is almost out (but not quite), Eric Grubbs talks to the Double Wide's Chelsea Callahan and Kim Finch about their venue's annual post-Warped Tour party, which, this year, will celebrate its fourth year of existence and second as an open-to-the-public affai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2010

    Rusty Taco vs. Fuzzy's Taco: The Fish Taco Foofaraw

    ​Baja is filled with great valleys, big sand and surf, rich volcanic soil, and even richer cuisine. It's also the home of Tecate beer and the ever popular fish taco. Although you can find what might be defined loosely as a fish taco throughout the pescado-loving world, and certainly in our fair ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2010

    Yet Another Reason to Avoid the Tollway

    As if the fear of wrong-way drivers, fiery crashes and wheelie-poppers wasn't enough to put you in the bike lane, the North Texas Tollway Authority has released video from a Wednesday-morning crash near the Belt Line Road exit in which no one, astoundingly, was seriously hurt. Yet one more reason n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2010

    Whitt's End: 1.22.10

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Been meaning to get to this, but The Ticket is so dominant in Metroplex sports talk radio that at this point it's like digging up Barbaro for another kick to the ribs. In December 1310 AM The Tick ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2010

    Whitt's End: 1.15.10

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Haven't gotten a chance to ask him about it yet, but did I miss something or is Babe Laufenberg leaving CBS 11? Maybe he was buying CBS 11. Did I get that wrong? UPDATE: Says Laufenberg in a text ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2009

    Mayor Tom Leppert: It Will Be "a Journey" to Lure Businesses to Downtown Dallas

    Photos by Kimberly ThorpeMayor Tom Leppert shows off an iPhones he's sending as move-to-Dallas enticements. But who's "Jeffrey"?​Speaking of Mayor Tom Leppert and his sales pitching ...Today at the Dallas Regional Chamber luncheon at the downtown Sheraton, the mayor gave his State of the City addr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2009

    Sure, There's QuakeCon in August. But Sure to Be All the Rage? Id's Long-Awaited Rage.

    For about a year, this is all folks have seen of id's new Rage, which will likely debut at QuakeCon.At last year's QuakeCon, held at the Hilton Anatole, id Software's John Carmack made a few announcements considered quite major at the time, among them word that the Mesquite-based developer was looki ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2009

    Today In Music News: Jamie Foxx Is Sorry, Diddy Is Bromantic With Arctic Monkeys and NIN Gets An App.

    Your daily dose of national music news for Thursday, April 16, 2009...Jamie Foxx got himself wrapped up in a big ol' case of open-mouth-insert-foot. He said on his satellite radio show that Miley Cyrus should do some drugs and make a sex tape. Well, now he's sorry he said such a thing.Sean Combs is ... More >>

  • Music

    January 29, 2009

    Submarines, Morning Benders

    Wednesday, February 4, at the House of Blues' Pontiac Garage

  • Music

    January 15, 2009

    Could Cell Phones Topple iPods?

    Could your cellphone's ability to stream music render the iPod obsolete? Quite possibly.

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2008

    My Photographic Farewell to Texas Stadium

    I never claimed to be a great writer. Even a worse photographer.Nonetheless, armed with an iPhone and a life's worth of memories, I'd be honored if you'd allow me to take you on a tour of Texas Stadium's final night. Follow me. Right this way. Here it is. The house that Tex Schramm built and Tom Lan ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 5, 2008

    Review: Cafe R&D

    Café R&D serves up pretty, tasty dishes, but where's the meow mix?

  • News

    December 27, 2007

    ...and Thank You for Tony Romo

    'Tis the season to thank those who helped stuff our stockings with Tony Romo

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2007

    You Betcha: Week 3

    Jack Hamm/Grace Bible Fellowship Need we remind you of what Tom Landry thought of gambling? Thought so. I know what you’re thinking: Hey, douchebag, what happened to Week 2? To which I retort, “What happens in Vegas haunts you all the way back to Dallas.” Find a comfy chair and cue the tiny v ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 26, 2007

    Dinos Amuck

    Welcome to Jurassic Park

  • Film

    July 5, 2007


    As giant robots transform all around us, it's good to know Michael Bay won't ever change

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    July 2, 2007
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