• Blogs

    June 9, 2014

    At Havana Cafe, Dessert Can Be an Event All its Own, and Should Be

    In Happy Endings, food critic Scott Reitz travels part of the globe that says "Dallas" in search of great desserts and great places to eat them. This is the sixth in an occasional series. "Did you save some room for dessert?" A preposterous question, yet one always posed, including by servers who h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2013

    At Dallas' Guava Tree Truck, a Gorgeous Cuban Sandwich and Yuca Fries Await

    If we're going to talk about sandwiches, which, we promise we will, then we'd be negligent to exclude the Cuban. And in a land where there's a lot of chatter about proper sandwiches, we just don't hear enough about the sandwiches from the island a-skip-and-a-hop south of Florida. See Also: - CBD ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2013

    Sorry, Texas, but Jamaican Jerk Is the Best Barbecue in the World

    In honor of Sunday's sold-out Meat Fight, we're celebrating smoked animal flesh all week long in our inaugural Meat Week, in which we celebrate the procuring, cooking and face-stuffing of dead-animal flesh. The term "barbecue" holds a lot of different meanings to those who have tasted meat worked b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2013

    The Latin Pig is Open in Plano and Here to Serve Your Cuban-Sandwich Needs

    If you were to throw together a list of cuisines that are underrepresented in the population of Dallas restaurants, Cuban would have to be near the top of that list. There are a couple joints scattered about, but only to the effect that they leave a tiny fingerprint in a city capable of accommodati ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2013

    Ted Cruz's Dad Says Obama Wants to Make Government Your God and Kill Your Grandma

    Early in Ted Cruz's campaign for the U.S. Senate, he released a campaign ad featuring an idyllic shot of him and his father walking on a sun-dappled path shaded by live oaks. His father, young Cruz explains in a voiceover, escaped torture in Cuba by fleeing to Texas, where he came to embody the Amer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2013

    At an SMU Student's Rape Trial, Glimpses of the School's Secretive Justice System

    Last fall, 20-year-old SMU junior Donald Cuba was indicted on charges of raping a fellow student in a dorm room. He was one of two SMU students charged with sexual assault that year (both in the same month, in fact). The other student, J.D. Mahaffey, saw his charges dropped by the state back in Marc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2013

    SMU Student Donald Cuba Found Not Guilty of Rape

    A Dallas County jury has found Donald Cuba not guilty of rape, The Dallas Morning News' Melissa Repko is reporting. Cuba, a 20-year-old junior, was accused of raping a fellow student in a dorm room early on the morning of February 10, 2012. As we wrote this morning, the trial has offered a few glim ... More >>

  • News

    October 18, 2012
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    October 1, 2012

    Havana Cafe in Casa Linda Plaza is Now Open

    A new Cuban restaurant, Havana Café, has opened at 1152 Buckner Blvd. in the Casa Linda Plaza. This small, family run spot affords only enough space for about 10 tables, which is quite unfortunate considering the crowd they're already drawing. Amidst the downpour Saturday night, it was standing roo ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 6, 2012

    Good Jerk

    With a Little Love from Mom, Island Spot's Spicy Chicken Sings.

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2012

    Jammin' at Jamaica Gates

    Did you know there's a reggae remix of Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On"? Neither did I, until I went to Arlington's Jamaica Gates to eat jerk chicken. The skanked-up Titanic anthem poured out of crackling speakers as I sipped my Jamaican lemonade -- thirst-quenching and not too sweet, it's made ... More >>

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    July 5, 2012
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    May 24, 2012
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    March 15, 2012
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    October 13, 2011

    Get To Know Your DOMAXXIII Nominees: Best Indie Act, Best Jazz Act, Best Latin/Tejano Act

    ​Welcome to our 2011 Dallas Observer Music Awards breakdown, wherein we'll use the weeks leading up to the DOMA showcases on Saturday, October 15 (which is also when voting ends), to explain the nominees in each category Today, we look at the nominees in the Best Indie Act, Best Jazz ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2011

    In Dallas Federal Court, Passengers of AA Flight That Crash-Landed in Jamaica in '09 File Suit

    Via.​Perhaps you recall: On the night of December 22, 2009, American Airlines Flight 331 crash-landed in Kingston, Jamaica. The Boeing 737-800, inbound from Miami during a storm, overshot the runaway and came within feet of sinking in the Caribbean. The feds told Channel 8 that "the plane may have ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2011

    Aguas Fail: Tasting Nestle's Aguas Frescas

    ​Elotes. My new friend. I loved the street food, but it left me thirsty. Thankfully, aguas frescas were available just inside the Oak Lawn grocery store. El Rio Grande Supermercado offered at least 10 versions while I was visiting, ranging from the simple and refreshing lime and cucumber, to a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2011

    Dallas Reggae Festival: Get Your Munchies​The second annual Dallas Reggae Festival at Fair Park Band Shell (1465 First Ave.) takes place on Saturday, July 23, from 3 p.m. until 11 p.m. The festival features live entertainment, arts and crafts and Caribbean food. Local eateries participating in the festival ... More >>

  • News

    May 19, 2011

    Leonys Martin's Long Ride to Center

    The Rangers' newest prospect fled communism in Cuba for center field in Frisco. He won't be there for long.

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2011

    Asador's Dean James Max: What a Lucky Man

    Asador's Dean James Max​Some people just end up doing the things they are meant to do, and the lucky ones end up being successful at it. Dean James Max, concept chef at the new Asador Restaurant in the Renaissance Dallas Hotel, is one of the lucky ones. What he's dreamed up for Asador is what ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2011

    Dallas, You Are Now Free(-ish) to Fly to Cuba

    ​So says this just-posted AP piece, which notes that U.S. Customs and Border Protection has decided to allow charter flights to Cuba from eight new airports -- among them Baltimore, New Orleans, Atlanta, San Juan ... and Dallas-Fort Worth International! Till now, you could only fly out of New York ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2011

    Tonight, Tonight: Thrift Store Cowboys at Lochrann's, Trey Johnson at The Kessler, Haiti Benefit Concert at The Lyceum and Empress Hotel at Lola's

    Pretty busy musical Thursday evening we have here, highlighted by three shows at venues that all begin with the letter "L." What are the odds?

  • Calendar

    November 4, 2010
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    October 15, 2010

    The Tacos of the State Fair of Texas

    Hello there, crispy taco​Novel and atrocious fried foods aren't the only foodstuffs available at the State Fair of Texas. Among the alternatives are tacos, one of which threw me for a loop. To begin my hunt, I searched the State Fair's Food Finder web page for tacos. With the search results in han ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2010

    Cuban Sandwich Crisis: Taste of Cuba vs. Caribbean Cafe

    Photos by Steven DoyleTaste of Cuba was the fairest of them all.​ Many people, when they consider Cuba, think of Fidel, Guantanamo Bay, the Bay of Pigs and cigars. City of Ate thinks sandwiches. Taking their cue from Caribbean, African and Spanish cuisine, Cubans have developed a flavor of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2010

    100 Favorite Dishes: Shredded Pork Sandwich at Mojitos

    ​ 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 th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2010

    Remedy for a Jalapeno Overdose: Aguas Frescas

    From Wikipedia​Walk into your favorite taqueria or torteria, and chances are good you'll notice a couple of large, beehive-shaped glass jars standing sentinel atop a shelf or counter. Stepping to the counter, you place your food order, then scanning the menu under bebidas (beverages), you notice ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2010

    At Toreria Insurgentes, The Food is No Hit but the Agues Frescas' The Bomb

    ​In a typical bar, it's not at all uncommon for the drinks to surpass the food in quality. A bartender or mixologist is a true artisan, carefully blending and infusing his potions until he creates a stellar concoction, the best of which will wow his patrons and result in tips aplenty. But if the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2010

    For an Authentic Cuban Sandwich, Stay Away from Cuba

    Flickr user jasonlam​"Original Cuban sandwiches come from Ybor City; everything else is just a sub." This rather controversial statement comes to us courtesy of Andy Huse, Assistant Librarian at the University of South Florida, as quoted in Cigar City Magazine. Immediately, most readers are prob ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2010

    Into the Origins of Carne Deshebrada, the Meat that Makes the Taqueria

    Flickr user El Gran DeeTacos de carne deshebradaIn Venezuela, it's called Carne Mechada. In the Caribbean, it's known as Ropa Vieja. The Mexican version goes by the name Carne Deshebrada. In any case, shredded beef is an important component of the cuisines of several south-of-the-border countries. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2009

    Handle The Proof: Mint Juleps

    Few bartenders know how to make a decent mint julep and few people order the bourbon cocktail. There must be a connection.But which came first? It's a perfect cooler for blazing summer days (which seem unlikely to arrive anytime soon)--icy fresh, with a wicked punch--and one closely tied to the Amer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2009

    Like A Baseball Movie, Minus the Sap: Half Nelson Filmmakers Pour Out Some Sugar

    Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden's debut Half Nelson was one of the highlights of 2006, a nuanced look at a young teacher in an inner-city school who dismantled the inspirational teacher-movie cliches with just a toke of his crack pipe.The writer-director team's next film, Sugar, gives the same hard-nosed, ... More >>

  • Music

    January 18, 2007

    Monday Nite Fights

    Monday, January 22, at the Caribbean Grill

  • Calendar

    December 21, 2006
  • Calendar

    December 14, 2006

    Carols Caliente

    Who says winter has to be cold?

  • Music

    November 9, 2006

    Forget Friday

    Check out hip-hop, indie rock and superstar secret shows--all before Hump Day.

  • Dining

    July 6, 2006

    Flip It

    Farmer's Grill goes out the Backdoor

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2006

    USA Film Fest Gets the Shaft

    The USA Film Festival has just announced some of its bigger guests and screenings for this year's shindig, which is set to take place April 28-May 4 at the brand-spankin'-new AMC NorthPark 15 between Foley's and Nordstrom at the revamped NorthPark Center. Gotta say, it's a pretty decent-looking line ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 14, 2005

    Little Havoc

    Little Havana will drive you to drink

  • Best of Dallas

    October 14, 2004

    Best Wings

    Buffalo Wild Wings

  • Dining

    April 18, 2002

    Rough Road

    Noodles Ave. is a trip through Asian fast food with a few bumps along the way

  • Dining

    April 4, 2002

    Lovely 'Rita

    The neat, clean Margarita Ranch needs to let loose a little

  • Dining

    May 10, 2001

    Go West for Wine

    There are plenty of surprises at Sapristi!

  • Dining

    February 22, 2001

    Nutty Fun

    Sometimes you feel like a lawsuit...

  • Dining

    February 15, 2001

    Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

    And your hair, your clothes, and your skin as the Big Smoke blows through Dallas

  • Dining

    January 4, 2001

    Code Red

    Caribbean Red

  • Dining

    May 28, 1998

    A fine mess

    Hyper-casual Rockfish rocks

  • Music

    August 14, 1997
  • Dining

    August 14, 1997

    Bungle in the jungle

    This tangled tropical adventure might make you turn green

  • Dining

    May 1, 1997

    At sea

    Clive & Stuart's island cuisine needs a culinary compass or a boardwalk

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