Dallas was long-protected from the ramen craze until Tanoshii Ramen Bar set up shop in Deep Ellum. Now a second is already on the way. Carol Shih at Sidedish reported that Teiichi Sakurai, the owner of Tei-An, planned to open a fish market at Sylvan|Thirty, but apparently he's pivoted. Instead he's ... More >>
A popular trend noodles its way into Dallas' dining scene. Watch out for undercurrents.
The North Texas Food Bank is heading into the holiday season with a novel event: the construction and consumption of a 100-yard-long sushi roll at AT&T Stadium. On November 20, Legends Hospitality and Chef Yutaka Yamato, of Yutaka Sushi Bistro and lead sushi chef of concessions at Legends, will ov ... More >>
On Saturday the Cotton Bowl converted to the 2013 Diwali Mela festival, and food booths flowed out from the stadium to the shimmery dreamscape of the Chinese Lantern Festival nearby. I arrived on a mission. Six years ago I went with two friends to Ahmedabad, in western India. For three weeks I ate ... More >>
Thai food is pretty ubiquitous now, and while a succulent pad see ew or a cozy tom kha gai are wonderful and mouth-watering, most Thai dishes have started to taste a little safe. Maybe it's the fact that you can find red curries every few blocks, or that pad thai has replaced fried rice as a go-to t ... More >>
The transformation of the old Village Marquee space will be completed with the opening of Toko V on Thursday. The renovation and re-branding marks the third attempt to open a successful restaurant in the space in less than three years. Earlier this August, the downstairs half of the renovation was ... More >>
A good bowl of Pho may be the most satisfying value play of all ethnic foods. You'll never pay more than $10 or so for one, and most places charge you closer to $5. But despite the low cost, good pho is satiating in every way that food can be. A big, hot bowl of savory broth will warm your insides a ... More >>
Dallas' first exclusive ramen restaurant, Tanoshii Ramen Bar (2724 Commerce), will open next Tuesday, September 24, its owners have announced. Joey and Chi Le also own Wicked Po'Boys in Richardson and in the Preston Center. Now they're turning their attention to house-made noodles and "late-nigh ... More >>
Takashi Soda's sushi restaurant isn't perfect, but it's seduced a lot of fans.
You like spicy, right? You'd better.
Jeana Johnson and Colleen O'Hare are the proprietors of the little hot spot in East Dallas, Mot Hai Ba, as wells as Good 2 Go Taco. Their culinary trail winds far and wide through the Dallas landscape. Collectively, the pins on their map include Ciudad, Daddy Jack's, The Standard in Deep Ellum, The ... More >>
Leading up to our annual Best of Dallas® issue, we're counting down the 50 most interesting restaurants in Dallas. These spots bring something unique or compelling to the city's dining scene, feeding both your appetite and soul. Find more interesting places on our all-new Best Of app for iTunes or ... More >>
By chance have you heard of Natto? The Japanese delicacy hasn't enjoyed much popularity in the States, possibly because the few people who tried it were so horrified they never spoke of the experience again. If you need evidence of the challenges of eating natto, just head over to YouTube and watch ... More >>
I've destroyed a lot of sashmi in the last year, and I've come to believe that Dallas is an exceptional city for sushi eaters. While I wish there was a bit more innovation and culinary artistry -- I've not had anything here in Dallas that tops the meal I had at Uchi last summer -- the quality of the ... More >>
Yesterday I found a great Indian spot in Lewisville near Vista Ridge Mall, Indigo Indian Bistro (500 East Roundgrove Road). I arrived a little after 2 p.m. and wasn't sure if the buffet was still going and since I needed to get it to go ... was generally confused on the best way to acquire my lunch. ... More >>
Dear Mot Hai Ba: You better bring it. There is a massive hole in Dallas' dining scene that you could exploit, and I know if you do this city will be all the better for it. The announcement of your coming existence in a Culture Map blog post was a welcome one, and your creators, Jeana Johnson and Co ... More >>
Now, let's say you want to combine the heavy, meat-based joys of barbecue with the relatively light, raw fish-based delights of sushi. You're clearly having a boring day. Nothing's gone right for you so far. You tried combining Vietnamese and Mexican food. That fell down at the pho burrito. Korean a ... More >>
Oh, Dallas. Something is fishy at our sushi restaurants. Katharine Shilcutt at the Houston Press has been digging through a new Oceana Study, and it doesn't say very nice things about the sushi we're eating. That snapper you covet, sumptuously draped over carefully seasoned and packed rice, may ve ... More >>
When I was sitting at the bar at Lucia, slurping down exceptional hand-made pasta dressed in a creamy sea urchin sauce and garnished with salty, toasted breadcrumbs, I asked chef David Uygur where he got the uni. The chef gave me a sort of surprised and sarcastic look as he told me Kazy's up in Rich ... More >>
Every once in a while someone mistakes Scott for a food expert and risks ruining dinner by trusting him to answer to a burning question. Got a question about food or restaurants? Send it via Twitter @scottreitz, email or in the comments. An email I received last week has me in a Christmas funk. A r ... More >>
Bulgogi meets tacos, and nachos, and hot dogs, and more.
A North Dallas Indian restaurant captures the spirit of home.
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 >>
We first told you about Monica Greene's departure from Aca y Alla to open up a restaurant in Oak Cliff just before summer. Now the restaurateur has released new details about the space on Cedar Springs Road that will have a soft opening this evening, with a grand opening scheduled August 7. Nueva ... More >>
A Korean grill's banchan offers an endless display of flavor.
The words "Desi-style pizza" beckoned me with a neon glow from the front window of India Chaat Café, a small, brightly lit restaurant tucked into a strip mall at Preston and Frankford. I walked in expecting Americanized, watered-down food, or maybe the Bollywood version of Pizza Hut, and was surpr ... More >>
A new Vietnamese restaurant enters the after-hours game.
Khanh Nguyen had a successful career as a local attorney when he decided to take a little time off, a sabbatical of sorts, between projects. During that time, he immersed himself in traditional Vietnamese cooking, spending months trying to perfect various recipes, mainly concentrating on pho, which ... More >>
With blacked-out windows and a big sign with an ambiguous name that could be a front for anything, Mr. Max may not look like much from the outside, but step through the doors and you're transported to the other side of the globe.
China Mex Grill 8367 Park Lane 214-468-4645 Times I shook my fist at the China Mex menu: 25.4 Number of shrimp I ate (out of a possible 500): 2 When China Mex opened in the old Taco King location on Park Lane, I was optimistic. I have giant-lazy-Susan love for Chinese food, and Mexican food knows ... More >>
Creepy business dudes drooling on servers count: 8 Bard count: 0 Chaucer's Sushi & Grill came up several times when I internetted "cheap sushi Dallas." So I checked out their website, and let me tell you, the Chaucer's website is more amazing than any website I have ever seen or will ever see. It i ... More >>
She says she wanted to try the food, but we think Cheap Bastard stopped by Moon Wok just to have an excuse to break out her fedora, single white glove and sequined ruby dancing shoes. You can find the place at 8670 Skillman St., 214-221-8888. Times I drove by and said to myself, "Ha. Moon Wok," bef ... More >>
Dear Potential Food Truck Entrepreneurs of Dallas,Please, for the love of Krishna, start an Indian food truck. Please park outside my favorite bars late at night (Deep Ellum would be a good spot) so I can fill my neglected belly with your spicy flavorful goodness. There's just something about the wa ... More >>
"Always strive to master your craft." The closing words of Jiro Dreams of Sushi, which opens today at the Magnolia and Angelika Theaters, would make sound advice for any trade. But thrust upon the shokunin, the master sushi chef, they invoke a certain umami for the soul that's as inspiring as it is ... More >>
When it comes to pho, that glorious Vietnamese noodle soup perfect for curing hangovers and head colds, I'm almost religiously devoted to the huge steaming bowls served up at Vietnam Restaurant on Bryan Street. However, when I heard that the semi-recently opened Pho is for Lovers on Upper Greenville ... More >>
My first run-in with Private Social came just after the restaurant, helmed by Top Chef alum Tiffany Derry released its lunch menu. I noticed the noodles right away. Leslie Brenner and I had been begging Dallas for a proper Japanese noodle house, but it has never materialized. Perhaps a decent hot bo ... More >>
Weary of soy protein and veggie burgers from Meatless Mondays gone by, I had set my sights this go around on exotic flavors and spices. My search for bargain vegetarian nirvana took me to Mumtaz, an Indian restaurant located in a generic Richardson strip mall at Campbell and Central. I'm typically ... More >>
Vietnam in East Dallas is the quintessential hole-in-the-wall spot that serves up amazing, traditional pho. And when Chef Matt McCallister mentioned this 16-year-old eatery as one of his favorites in a recent interview, it was time to revisit. The particular pho in the photo above is No. 79 from V ... More >>
A Washington, DC-based sushi chain recently released a promotional video about shooting a sushi roll into space. Getting sushi into the stratosphere should be easy enough. A weather balloon was used to take a chair into space for a very similar commercial. Still, the video seemed a little fishy. ... More >>
Each week, the Cheap Bastard goes looking for a new place to eat a meal for less than nine million dollars. This week, she rolls the dice at Royal Wok, 2560 Royal Lane, 972-488-8282, and doesn't crap out. At least not right away. Massage parlors nearby count: 18 Waterfall mural count: 1 The news a ... More >>
If Greenville Avenue's latest wants to conjure Korea, it needs to turn up the heat.
Lauren Drewes DanielsCrimson Asian Cuisine opened last week at corner of Blackburn and McKinney in the West Village, serving pho and other Vietnamese dishes such as stir-fries, rice noodles and spring roles. The atmosphere is on the casual side. Not fancy, but nice. There's a decent size pati ... More >>
Lesson No. 1: Show up hungry.
Sushi & Rice Express 8131 Forest Lane 214-575-7090 Other cars in the drive-through count: 0 Wet towels air-drying right next to the drive-through menu count: 50 Drive-throughs? Good. Sushi? Goooood. Put them together and you have Sushi & Rice Express. I slow-clap my chopsticks at you, Sushi ... More >>
Last minute invitations often result in accidental food discoveries. Last night a friend asked me to join her for dinner, which turned out to be the "soft opening" of a new restaurant in her downtown neighborhood. As City of Ate reported back in January, the creator of Steel is bringing a Vi ... More >>
After months of drooling over the hedonistically obscene images of burgers, tacos and other meat and carb pornography my friends had been sending me, I finally had the chance to check out the source of their obsession: LA Burger.Along with a whimsical selection of traditionally western burgers, ... More >>
Photo by Kristy YangPho is for Lovers bahn mi: Tasty pig, great bread.Pho is for Lovers. I'm still on the fence about that name. Given the restaurant's location at Lovers Lane and Greenville Avenue, it's clever and cute. On the other hand, I normally associate pho with Vietnamese mothers, nas ... More >>
Pho Bang and I have a sliding doors sort of relationship. My mom tells me I ate there with her as a permed tot, but of course I don't remember that. (The perm part is more of an intentional denial.) When I moved back to Dallas a few years ago, I would make concerted efforts to drive to Ga ... More >>