• Blogs

    April 16, 2013

    Spoonfed Tribe Prepares Their Eighth Genre-Exploding Album

    Spoonfed Tribe's music has served as a master class; a kind of Bob Villa-esque how-to in creating nebulous sounds within the infinite possible combinations of ethnomusicology and American pop genres from the last 15 years. Their sound throughout that timeframe has evolved and shifted, maturing and n ... More >>

  • Film

    March 14, 2013
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    January 8, 2013

    New Uptown Cocktail Den Boasts 3,000-Year-Old Ice

    Yesterday on the Eats Blog, Leslie Brenner published a blog post about an yet-to-be named bar to be opened by Michael Martensen and Brian Williams, who own Cedars Social. The duo made news last October when they announced a new oyster bar, dubbed the Establishment, which was slated to open this past ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2012

    Down the Hatch Chilies as Local Restaurants Trot Out the Seaonal Favorite

    Central Market's 17th annual Hatch Chile Festival is back in full swing and Dallas is still making a big deal about it. Are they worth the hype? Will they rearrange your culinary universe? That friends, is up to you and your palates. Go sample, enjoy. But if you're like us and too lazy to take Cen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2012

    Hatch Chile Pepper and Central Market Make-Out Session Starts Today

    Central Market has dusted off their huge black roasters for their 17th Annual Hatch Chile Festival. The scent of the sweet, acidic, charred peppers will waft through the air, as the Foodies roast the peppers in front of stores and wipe their sweaty foreheads with bandanas. Good times. Can't believe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2012

    Taste Addison 2012: The Food Porn

    One of the many events the weekend was Taste Addison. The fest, which celebrated its 20th birthday, served up bites from sixty-plus restaurants in the metroplex. Rhett Miller and his Hair was on hand, but photographer Jay Barker just grabbed a whole beef-truck full of food porn. Enjoy.

  • Music

    May 10, 2012
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    March 26, 2012

    The Sights and (Awful) Sounds of the Rock 'N' Roll Marathon

    I've had a bone to pick with the Rock 'N' Roll Marathon, and not because it blocks off streets in my neighborhood or benefits Susan G. Komen. It's because, unlike other marathons that happen throughout the year, there are awful cover bands playing at full volume on a fucking Sunday morning in my nei ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 4, 2011
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    May 18, 2011

    Nine Tips for Digging Through Local Farmers Markets

    ​It didn't take a study of Vermont farmers markets to tell us what we knew for a long time: Supermarkets aren't cheaper. That being said and this being spring, it's a good time to riff on farmers' markets, plus give you a few shopping tips on how to navigate them. 1. Find Your Market I always ass ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2011

    Scenes From a Controlled Fire Gone, Well, Out of Control

    Danny FulgencioPlenty of negative space here for your band and album name.​Regular Unfair Park contributor and not-so-long-ago photo intern Danny Fulgencio was passing through the town of Bowie last weekend, on his way back from a shoot, when he spotted some smoke on the horizon.When he pulled clo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2010

    Foodways Texas and Smoke Let You
    Step Out of Your Shell

    ​One of the best invitations I've received this year was an e-mail beckoning me to College Station for the founding of Foodways Texas. Now, you too have the opportunity to support the organization, as august a group of chefs, food writers, scholars, fishermen, pitmasters, chuckwagon cooks and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2010

    San Martino Tempranillo Reserve: Tasting an Up-and-Comer

    ​Along with malbec, Grenache, and cabernet franc, tempranillo is viewed by oenophiles as one of the up-and-coming red grapes in today's wine scene. It is often called the "noble grape" of Spain, and is used as the base for that country's magnificent Rioja reds. Almost black in color, temprani ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2010

    Tim Byres Big Reveal: How the Sausage Gets Made

    Photos by Robert Bostick​As we learned from Smoke's Tim Byres earlier this week, he enjoys making his own charcuterie. The day we visited the chef he had just finished carving up half a hog for use in the restaurant's various barbecue recipes. And that was just for a single day's use. We w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2010

    100 Favorite Dishes: Elvis Green Chile Fried Chicken at Chuy's

    ​To celebrate Dallas Observer's "Best of Dallas" 2010, available this week, 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 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2010

    Hash Over: Hatch Green Chile Season is Here; Sprinkles Fights Childhood Hunger; Pappas Bros. Steakhouse's Jason Huerta Wins Texas Best Sommelier, and more

    ​We know you've been waiting for it. We've seen your tweets and Facebook posts stating that you've been dying to get your hands on them. And now it's here--it's the peak of the Hatch green chile season! We thought we would be helpful and recommend a few places at which chile lovers could celebrat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2010

    Hatching a Chile Celebration at Central Market

    Photos by Elaine Liner​Second only to Christmas holidays for bringing in customers, the 15th annual Hatch Chile Festival at Central Market stores, going on now through August 31, creates shopping cart gridlock. What is it about the smoky vegetable from the nightshade family that earns such dev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2010

    Praise the Lord and Pass the Hatch Chile

    Batch of Hatch​"Praise God, the 2010 Chile Season is here," says the banner headline on Hatch Chile Express' homepage. Hatch Chile Express, a New Mexico distributor with a three-generation long history of chile farming, is planning to begin shipping its Big Jims, Sandias and Lumbre chiles on Mon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2010

    Guess Where I'm Eating: Tex-Mex, Burlesque and Star Wars All in One Place

    ​Like burlesque, this pedigreed Tex-Mex establishment has a storied history. They each serve seductive layers of flavor. The former has smoky performances. The latter has smoky dishes. Both are hot!

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2010

    AFI: Chimayo Market Corn at Blue Mesa Grill

    Photos by Sarah Johnson ​Chimayo Market Corn Demonstrated by Cosme Alcantar of Blue Mesa Grill During the months of May and June, Blue Mesa Grill has been celebrating seasonal fruits and vegetables by hosting the Corn and Peach Festival. The Southwestern-inspired restaurant chose two local fa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2010

    Texas Chile

    ​One has a lone white star on a blue background, flanked by large swaths of white and red. It represents a state whose football conference was saved yesterday. One has a lone white star on a blue background, flanked by large swaths of white and red. It represents a country whose soccer team p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2010

    Staff Trax: Roadside Graves, Goo Goo Dolls, Jimi Hendrix, Little Dragon, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Alice in Chains, Fan Death and Beth Orton

    Welcome to Staff Trax, the weekly feature here on DC9 where we shed some light on the music we've been enjoying of late, regardless of the touring or album release schedules that tend to bear the focus of most of our coverage. Consider it a chance for you readers to get some more insight into ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2010

    There's Light at the End of the Tunnel - Swear

    ​The month of February definitely saw more restaurant closings than openings, with a few scheduled debuts pushed back to March. A new Italian restaurant opened in Coppell (Maurizio's), while another one will be opening shortly in North Dallas (Ristorante Nicola). The masterminds behind Nandina a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2010

    Appetite For Instruction: Seared Scallops With Garlic, Chile And Cilantro

    Recipe Demonstrated by Chef Anthony Bombaci of Nana ​I'm not too familiar with the feeling of winning a prestigious award, unless you count a participation ribbon in every sport I've ever played or beating out all the other 5th graders in my English class to win the weekly spelling bee. It's pro ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 28, 2010
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    January 14, 2010
  • Blogs

    January 13, 2010

    On The Range: Habaneros

    ​On The Range is a weekly exploration of the history and lore of Texas menu items.Mad Cat, Insanity, Hogs Ass, Snake Bite, Idiot Boys. No, this is not the Granada's line up for February. Rather, they are names of hot sauces featuring the dreaded habanero chile, as listed by Chris McCarthy, food ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2009

    On The Range: Hatch Green Chiles

    ​On The Range is a weekly exploration of the history and lore of Texas menu items.As the song says, deep in December it's nice to remember...Every Labor Day, the tiny town of Hatch, New Mexico springs to life with the Hatch Valley Chile Festival. Thousands of Chileheads from all across the countr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2009

    Pairing Off: Campbell's Tomato Soup

    Patrick Michels​Matching wine to tomato soup wouldn't seem all that difficult. Fine dining restaurants routinely piece together bisques and fresh purees, after all--and their sommeliers can generally cope. But in this column we don't bother to make fresh, upscale, herb infused soups. That wou ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 5, 2009
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    November 4, 2009

    On The Range: Milanesa

    A chicken fried steak, by any other name...​On The Range is a weekly exploration of the history and lore of Texas menu items.Let's suppose a job offer landed in your lap that's just too good to be true. The money is a significant upgrade from your present position.Only one problem: You'd have to ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 20, 2009
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    December 11, 2008

    Brown Christmas

    Latin groups ring in the season

  • Calendar

    November 6, 2008

    Hot Mouth

    Chile Pepperama means it's really fall now

  • Dining

    June 12, 2008
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    December 20, 2007

    Joy to the World

    DFW International offers a Feliz Navidad

  • Dining

    November 22, 2007
  • Calendar

    November 8, 2007

    Sweet Chile o' Yours

    Oldtown gets its taste buds peppered and cranked

  • Calendar

    December 14, 2006

    Carols Caliente

    Who says winter has to be cold?

  • Calendar

    November 9, 2006

    This Chili's Just Right

    Be a judge at the red hot Chile Pepperama

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2006
  • Calendar

    September 22, 2005
  • Dining

    May 26, 2005

    Portrait of the Art Cafe

    Kathleen's Plano location is no work of art

  • Calendar

    October 21, 2004

    Falling Stars

    The Next Generation of sci-fi

  • Best of Dallas

    September 26, 2002

    Best Fishmonger

    TJ's Seafood Market

  • Dining

    March 28, 2002

    Lights Out

    The food at Bistro Latino rises above the darkness

  • Calendar

    August 23, 2001

    Spice Girls

    Filmmakers document the latest dance craze and the normal people who are a part of it

  • Culture

    June 7, 2001

    Low Flame

    Burning Patience needs a touch more heat

  • Music

    March 2, 2000

    Viva Sandinista!

    Is the Clash still the only band that matters?

  • Dining

    January 25, 1996

    Evolving idiom

    El Nuevo Leon offers subtle, delicious Mex-Mex mutations

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