Urban Vineyard is not finished yet. The new downtown liquor store opened Friday with shelves sparsely filled and refrigerators not yet cold enough to chill the beer. But: It's open. See also: This Week in Downtown Dallas, Urban Vineyard Begins its Quest to Keep You Fed and Buzzed Located at 1500 J ... More >>
Lakewood Brewing Company's first anniversary party started just after noon, but at 7 p.m., when the sun had given up punishing everything beneath it, owner Wim Bens' event felt like it was just getting started. Cars filed behind the building where auxiliary parking had been set up for the day, and ... More >>
Father's Day may have been a few weeks ago, but walking around Gexa Energy Pavilion on Sunday gave a whole new perspective on what lengths some fathers will go to support their children's choice of music. So, presented with marginal comment, a small photo essay called "The 11 Best Dads at Ke$ha/Pitb ... More >>
1. When you're the rebellious band all the kids listen to so they can annoy their parents, forty years on after those kids grow up you're going to be playing family-friendly sets to them and their kids. And so it was with Blue Oyster Cult, still remarkably retaining two (almost) original members fro ... More >>
A three-day fest like Wildflower - the biggest party Richardson throws -- isn't the full on marathon something like Bonnaroo is, but you've still got to pace yourself. With that in mind I decided to take it easy and catch just a set or two on Friday in an effort to be ready for Saturday's early day ... More >>
Here's the thing about Ted Nugent -- it doesn't matter what you think about him. Yeah, his insane political statements are moronic at best, but his shtick is so thoroughly thought out that he manages to be a punchline and ideologue and a hero, to some all at the same time. This is brilliant. He's bu ... More >>
On the off chance that you're one of those NASCAR types, you should know there's some interesting new menu items that will be available at the Texas Motor Speedway this weekend. Joel Pena, the executive chef at the race track is planning on doling out some serious bacon abuse. Cotton candy will be ... More >>
1. Channeling Sam Sifton. The former New York Times restaurant critic is on a roll. In addition to a career in food writing and 25 years of cooking holiday dinners, he twice manned the Thanksgiving Help Line at the Times, where he guided overwhelmed (drunk) hosts through frozen birds and flambé dis ... More >>
The North Texas Beer Festival is coming to that far- off convention center in Las Colinas. More than 200 beers will be available for tasting, organizers say, and 50 brewers will be featured at the event, including large-market brewers Samuel Adams, New Belgium and Magic Hat, and smaller breweries li ... More >>
The Yu Dog at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington has created a food media circus. But he's not the only DFW sports icon worthy of his own dish at The Ballpark in Arlington, Jerryland and the AAC. Here are some others. 1. Tom Landry Enormous fedora filled with chili. Feather garnish optional. 2. Nolan ... More >>
This year, like most years, the multi-million-dollar-slinging advertising competition known as the Super Bowl was largely dominated by those in the motor vehicle category. But if you were paying close attention, somewhere between the David Beckham ogling, flipping back and forth from the Super Bowl ... More >>
NOOOOOO!Citing lack of advance ticket sales and overcommitment with the simultaneous Dallas and Houston Beer Weeks, Cathy Clark Rascoe confirms that Saturday's Beer Festival was canceled Tuesday afternoon. "It was a really hard call," she said about an hour after making the decision. "We tr ... More >>
Pete FreedmanThe sweet, sweet ACL crowd.Before this weekend, I'd never been to Austin City Limits Music Festival. Actually, I'd never been to any outdoor music festivals the scale of ACL. I've probably been to eight or nine South By Southwests, and, before heading down to Austin this weekend, I h ... More >>
Patrick MichelsLifehouse kicked things off at the Bud Light Hotel last night.List the things you might expect to see in the front row at a show by The Fray, and a fistfight would probably be one of the last things you'd come up with -- lower, even, than a "Presented by KXT..." banner. But there i ... More >>
Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *If Bill Parcells fit too snug and Wade Phillips was a size too loose, Jason Garrett fits juuuuust right. *Maybe I'm naive and gullible and biased in favor of Garrett, but until otherwise I'm ... More >>
Last week was spent building tolerance: It was the annual week of the Dallas Observer Music Awards. The tolerance of which I speak really has nothing to do with music, but of crowds, heat and hooch.Allow me to elaborate: The DOMAXXII (the 22nd year of the DOMAs) showcase took place down in fair D ... More >>
Angus Wynne Jr. is credited for many things in his long life and illustrious career. Besides developing a major portion of Oak Cliff in a post WWII building frenzy, he also played a major role in saving Love Field from the clutches of a monopoly that gripped the airport tightly in the hands ... More >>
A couple weeks back, we announced the initial, tentative lineup for this year's Dallas Observer Music Awards showcase, which will run from 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 17, until the wee hours of Sunday, July 18, at six venues--not to mention an outdoor stage--in Deep Ellum. We really couldn't be more ... More >>
Photos by Melissa AloufOpening nights for restaurants are replete with the see-and-be-seen crowd, curious onlookers who want to be part of the first buzz about a new place, shapers of the "Was it good? Did it suck? Pan or Rave?"conversation. Opening night at The Common Table on June 2 gave th ... More >>
Patrick MichelsAre you buying what he's selling? Or are you waiting for the cart?Seattle has ballpark sushi, San Francisco spawned a garlic fry renaissance, and the world can thank St. Louis' Gateway Grizzlies for the Krispy Kreme burger. But there was a time when Dallas ran on the cutting edge o ... More >>
Last weekend, I set off on my bike. I would save gas, stay close to home, and kill like three birds with one stone by brunching at the promising-sounding Garden Café, on Junius Street in Lakewood. I'd been there as a pre-vegan, and I remembered a lovely garden in the back. The garden, as it tur ... More >>
When faced with a drinking column that pops up every other week, what does one do when the infamous flu rears its ugly head? In my case, I made the required couch bed and slept for approximately three days. I also watched two unfortunate episodes of WifeSwap in there somewhere...which will make anyo ... More >>
Photo: Patrick Michels There are, essentially, two rules to Thanksgiving—well, three if you include football: turkey and lots of it. Of course, not everyone makes it to the big family gathering. Police and firefighters must remain on duty, truck drivers and…um…others, may find themselves s ... More >>
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