If you've driven down Lower Greenville Avenue lately, you might have noticed the Muscle Maker Grill, a restaurant that quietly slid into the old Company Café spot. A bright red sign announcing the place was recently illuminated, and the "EST. 1995" caught my eye. It turns out the casual restauran ... More >>
There's more to life than The Big Rib.
Even now, legions of fans are descending on the State Fair for the legendary (and lopsided) match-up between the Big 12's bitterest rivals. But before the cries of "Texas Fight!" and the invalid moaning of "Boooomer" carom through the Cotton Bowl, the schools' respective editorial boards traded some ... More >>
You've done so well keeping that swimsuit physique sharp and toned for the entire summer, but it's all about to come crashing down like a mountain of thinly shaved potatoes fried to something resembling perfection. The State Fair of Texas is back. And you're all going to die. Remember, these are ... More >>
The weekend is here, which means many of you about about to fill your lives with beer. You should take it easy though, because there's going to be a lot of suds next week on CoA, and then BrewFest happens. Pace yourselves: Drink bourbon instead. This week I reviewed HG Sply Co. and was let down. A ... More >>
The Ricky Bobby Sports Saloon and Restaurant has opened on NE Loop 820 in Fort Worth. This NASCAR-themed restaurant is no Applebee's for darn sure, but it'll do. And since we all watch Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby each and every opportunity we get, we know the wonderful potential a re ... More >>
Many moons ago, I worked at an Applebee's Bar & Grill. It's been a while since I threw in the apron, but to this day I still cannot listen to a handful of songs that were on a torturous loop at the neighborhood bar and grill, including "Video Killed the Radio Star" by The Buggles, "Joy to the World" ... More >>
Each week (or thereabout) we ask a local chef three burning questions about their favorite culinary reads, food shames and best (or worst) meals. Front Burner's corporate chef, John Franke, is in charge of menu development for Whiskey Cake, Velvet Taco, The Ranch at Las Colinas, Red Dog Right and mo ... More >>
This story from The Smoking Gun is too good not to share. To keep it quick, a St. Louis pastor patronized Applebees and took issue with a mandated 18 percent tip for parties of eight or more. Alois Bell says she left a cash tip at the table, but it's the note she left on her receipt that's got the a ... More >>
On December 7, in the diminishing dusk light of the parking lot across the street from Wells Fargo on University Drive in Denton, Richard Haskins sat alone in a red, 1984 four-door Mercedes. Wearing a black Misfits t-shirt, khaki cargo shorts and a pair of low-top black Converse, he looked at the ba ... More >>
You see all those chain restaurants, Dallas? All those bright shiny lights, beckoning you in to eat products of a questionable providence at a price so reasonable there's no need to go home and time-consumingly construct a meal for your baying, hungry, ungrateful family? You grew up around them (the ... More >>
Sure, laugh if you want. Their wonton taco appetizers are the bomb. And I'll stab anyone in the knuckles if they try to take one off my plate. (Full disclosure: I just lied. I haven't eaten at an Applebee's in 15 years.) Yes, Club Applebee's is a real thing. It all started in a grass-roots sort of ... More >>
More easy bar food for the Uptown crowd.
Imagine walking into a restaurant as management dotes on your every move out of fear you might blog about the greasy thumbprint on your plate. Imagine cooking and plating a fabulous meal for 10 friends only to not let them eat while you snap 700 photos of your accomplishment. Imagine all the ... More >>
Maybe you've noticed the suggestive ads we've been running in the paper that feature a lady fondling a fork with her lips, but we figured it was time to remind you once again about our upcoming Iron Fork competition, happening on Wednesday, April 27 at Fashion Industry Gallery (1807 Ross Ave. ... More >>
A year-old project to encourage workers to "commit to a lunch hour of renewal" has found a new fan base in restaurant owners, who are enthusiastically backing The Energy Project's call for people to leave their offices at lunchtime. Tony Schwartz, founder of The Energy Project and author of ... More >>
Ritz Hey Guy, how 'bout never driving your exhaust spewing Ritz truck near our food. Capeesh? It's been a long day. You're at home watching Top Chef. After three-to-four minutes of actual show, you get an ad blitz (Yes, this scenario implies you don't have TiVo).There's the ad where Burger King's ... More >>
Photos by Patrick MichelsFirst thing this morning, a Friend of Unfair Park directed our attention to a chat, with photos, currently taking place over at the Dallas Fort Worth Urban Forum, where posters are trying to decide of this new venue in the old Boardroom spot: permanent or temporary? One ... More >>
Corporate kitchens are continuing to add wine and spirits to their dishes, apparently angling for sophistication and increased perceived value. Olive Garden is now pushing a pasta dish with shellfish "sautéed in white wine" and a stew "simmered in light white wine." Red Lobster's developed ... More >>
Locally owned restaurants are typically hip to holidays. Any sort of celebration is an excuse for a scrappy restaurant to promote a thematic tie-in, as the Rangers' run for a World Series ring proved. But on Veterans' Day, the major chains have the mom-and-pops beat. The only local restauran ... More >>
Since news about Texas food tends to find its way to my inbox, I know way more than I should about Texas Roadhouse happenings. I don't usually find too much in the Roadhouse oeuvre that's worth sharing, but I was oddly riveted by a recent announcement regarding the restaurant chain's partici ... More >>
Cowboy ChowThese buffalo tacos sure are awful fancy.Cowboy Chow 2801 Commerce St. 214-742-2469 Dude Factor: 7, or "The Cowboy," Mulholland Drive, on a scale of 1 ("The Cowboy," Innerspace) to 10 ("The Stranger," The Big Lebowski) Cowboy Chow's slick 'n' quirky take on upscale trail grub -- what t ... More >>
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 be eaten on the ... More >>
Photos by Patrick MichelsI once at a fish this big.Flying Fish6126 Luther Ln.214-696-FISHDude Factor: 8, or Don Knotts, on a scale of 1 (Kevin Costner) to 10 (Ernest Borgnine) I'd been too long on the turf, dudes, and got the hunger for a little surf. Fish Shack would have done nicely, but no way ... More >>
A Nick Too Far?Last we we asked about chains. This time around, we were wondering about small-scale expansion. Word came recently that Nick Badovinus, chef and owner of Neighborhood Services, would soon open a second and third branch of the restaurant. Nothing wrong with this--expansion is someti ... More >>
Patrick Michels/Flickr user Photos8.comOh, no--the artist is entering a new and darker phase.Each week, Pairing Off attempts to find just the right bottle of wine to go with ordinary food.National restaurant chains know how to stretch the limits of almost any word. Olive Garden tries to sell us o ... More >>
Sure, Houston's is better than, say, Applebee's or Red Lobster, but it's still a nationwide chain. And if you admit to dining at Mi Cocina or Taco Diner because of the quality of their cooking, you might also like Chili's.So what's going on? If we love one and hate another, doesn't that suggest t ... More >>
In its own way, Al Amir is smokin
Tie to flip-flop ratio at the cafe: 1:3
At Kitchen Dog, Man From Nebraska offers a muted vision of midlife angst
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So, Sunday, my partner in dining and I were about to tuck into some deliciously bad for us brunch at our neighborhood's pride, the Gold Rush Cafe. As is the case for most meals at the Gold Rush, we ran into five people we knew, including our own Jim Schutze in to pick up some bites as well as Tania ... More >>
Catalina Room is like a California Applebee's
Girl leaves the grind behind for a li'l two-stepping where the dry turns wet
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Do expensive salts really make a difference?
Why do restaurants decorate with junk?
Todd Deatherage's newest up for grabs; Buzz-Oven reheats; New info on Centro-matic and Polyphonic Spree discs
A computer glitch has some Dallasites predicting an apocalyptic meltdown. They may not be that crazy.
At theme-choked Canyon Cafe, a few things actually rise above the kitsch