Consumer Non-Cyclicals

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2014

    Housemade Tortillas Are Rare in Dallas, but Find Them and You'll Find Great Tacos

    Want to find the best tacos possible in Dallas? Look for handmade tortillas. Sure, there are a handful of great taquerias around town that don't make their own meat hammocks, but chances are if someone is pressing or patting out masa within the confines of your chosen taqueria, the tacos you're abou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2014
  • Blogs

    February 6, 2014

    Deep Ellum Brewing Co. Is Fighting Big Beer, Hosting Fundraiser for John Carona's Opponent

    If you dabble in craft beer legislative issues, it might not surprise you that Deep Ellum Brewing Company is mixing beer and politics. And if you just enjoy craft beer, now might be a good time to start dabbling. Texas craft beer and lawmakers have a complicated relationship. To explain it all we'd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2013

    The Biggest Dallas Beer Stories of 2013

    This was certainly an exciting year for craft beer in North Texas. With a few more brewery openings, new laws and shiny awards, there was a lot to crow about in the local craft beer scene, and it's not all hangover related (although we have that too). As we complete another whirl around the sun, w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2013

    Interview with Josh Sepkowitz and Kyle Noonan on Talent Managment and Dogs as Conduits

    Kyle Noonan and Josh Sepkowitz first met while attending SMU. After graduating they took off in different directions and career paths, Noonan with the Pappas restaurant group and Sepkowitz as a financial analyst on Wall Street. After more than a decade in their perspective careers, both decided to c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2013

    Here Are the 60-Plus Breweries That Will Tap Kegs at Dallas Observer BrewFest

    Remember last year's BrewFest? Yeah, it's a little foggy for me, too. I do remember large quantities of humans drinking large quantities of good booze, though. Beer snobbery was in full effect, too: The lines for the craft breweries were significantly longer than those that lead to the conventional ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2013

    Governor Signed New Craft Beer Legislation That Allows Breweries to Expand Operations

    If you're a craft beer fan, you may want to charge up your cordless drill. On Friday Governor Rick Perry signed off on a five-pack of bills relating to the craft beer industry that will, in part, allow them to expand brewery operations. For over a decade the Texas craft beer industry has been push ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2013

    Texas Ranks Eighth in Total Breweries in the Country

    As Monday slowly, and possibly painfully, settles in around you, take a look at this map The New Yorker released last week on the growth of craft breweries across the U.S. The interactive map shows exactly where and by how much the craft brewing industry has exploded, based on the Brewers Associatio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2013

    Deep Ellum Brewing Co. Hosts Third Annual Brew-B-Que This Sunday

    Deep Ellum Brewing Co. will host its Third Annual Brew-B-Que this Sunday, an event that was a launch party of sorts back in 2011. It will a chance to pack the brewery and courtyard with hopheads, sip local beer and have Pecan Lodge barbecue, all while listening to tunes of Cody Foote (who hopefully ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2013

    Texas Lawmakers Vote to Lift Restrictions on Craft Breweries

    On Friday afternoon, at 4:07 p.m., a round of applause and cheers wafted down from the balcony seats in House of Representatives as a five-pack of craft beer bills were passed with five thick slams of the gavel. It was technically the second vote of three, and the third, as a matter of formality, sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2013

    Your Guide to American Craft Beer Week in Dallas (Updated)

    It's American Craft Beer Week. For many of you, this means it's business as usual. For some of you, it's an excuse to imbibe in some craft beers all week long. The Brewers Association, a national non-profit group, created this "Mother of all Beer Weeks" to advance the beer culture and give beer geek ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2013

    New Chip's to Join Matt's and The Mecca on La Vista Drive

    The cluster of restaurants around the intersection of La Vista Drive and Skillman Street is about to get a new addition. A second Chip's Old Fashioned Hamburgers is slated to open there by the end of this summer. If you've ever exited the Dallas North Tollway at Lovers Lane you've definitely seen t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2013

    State Senate Passes Craft Brewing Bills That Would Allow Expanded Sales

    Earlier this week, the Texas Senate approved a family of bills dear to the heart of Texas craft brewers. The legislation lets brewpubs sell a limited amount of beer through distributors, while craft breweries will get to sell their products to consumers on-site. See also: - Public Hearing Set for C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2013

    Could Craft Cider Join The Craft Beer Movement In Dallas?

    It's already started. Joel Malone is well on his way to open up a cidery right in the heart of the Bishop Arts District. His brewing operations and storefront, which he expects to open in May, will be right next to Cretia's on Bishop Street behind Lockhart Smokehouse. Malone tells me he's working t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2013

    Craft Brewers Say People Really Like Craft Brews. Especially Canadian People.

    Beer-drinkers across the globe are growing ever more thirsty for American craft brews, and more craft breweries are opening as a result, according to two not-remotely-unbiased reports from a craft-brew trade group. On Monday, the Brewers Association, which represents small and independent crafter b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2013

    Craft Beer Bills On Their Way to Senate Floor, The Good and The Bad

    Craft brewers had one week to reach a compromise with the Wholesale Beer Distributors of Texas (WBDT) regarding five pieces of legislation recently introduced through Senate Committee on Business and Commerce. Senate bills 515, 516, 517 and 518 were a set of bills carefully crafted after a year of w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2013

    Senator John Carona's Bill Could Raise Cost of Beer Across State

    On Tuesday morning the Business and Commerce Committee convened at the capitol in Austin to discuss, among other things, the future of beer in the state of Texas. In the front of the room, some of Texas' most powerful state senators sat behind their nameplates at a long curved table. Facing them in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2013

    State Senator John Carona is Walking Back His Support for Craft Brewers

    Dallas Republican state Senator John Carona wormed his way into beer lovers' good graces two weeks ago when he cosponsored a quartet of bills aimed at making things easier on craft brewers in Texas. The legislation, which has the support of both an impressive roster of lawmakers from both sides of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2013

    Sen. John Carona Responds to Backlash; Didn't Bring Up Craft Beer Issue to Craft Beer Group

    On Friday, when we wrote about a bill introduced by Dallas state Senator John Carona that would prohibit breweries from earning money by selling distribution rights to wholesalers -- undercutting an important source of revenue for the state's fledgling craft breweries -- his office jumped into our c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2013

    Dallas Senator John Carona Files Bill that Would Close a Tap for Craft Brewers

    Recently we wrote about four bills Republican state Senator Kevin Eltife of Tyler introduced that would open new revenue opportunities for craft breweries around the state. As the law stands now, Texas requires a clear separation between those who make, distribute and retail beer in Texas. None of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2013

    A Texas Lawmaker Filed Four Bills Yesterday to Make Life Easier on the State's Craft Brewers

    State senator Kevin Eltife, a Republican from Tyler, filed four bills yesterday that could breath new life into the craft beer industry in Texas. The legislation "will modernize laws that unfairly advantage out-of-state beer producers over Texas' small businesses of the beer industry -- craft brewer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2012

    From Silverware Theft to Fights in Bars, The Legal Low-Down for Restaurant Owners

    OK team, huddle 'round and take a knee. We realize we cover a lot of topics pertaining to burgers, beer and tacos here at the City of Ate. And that's all fun and games until someone gets an eye poked out. And by that we mean jabbed in the eye socket with a lawsuit. Suppose an errant knife or deep- ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 25, 2012

    The Rise of the DFW Brew

    Free from the hangover of the '90s craft beer bust, Dallas' small brewers cheer another round of growth.

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2012

    Chocoholics Beware: The Chocolate Conference & Festival Comes to Town this Saturday

    I've called this emergency meeting of the Dallas Area Chocoholics Anonymous to prepare for the onslaught of chocolate temptation coming our way this Saturday at the Chocolate Conference & Festival.

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2012

    City Inches Forward With Beer-Friendly Zoning Rules

    Wouldn't it be nice if you had a magic wand you could wave and -- voila -- a keg or three of small-batch craft beer from a local microbrewery. The city of Dallas is working on its own version of the trick which, this being the city, happens in slow motion as it requires approval from several layers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2011

    Here's How Dallas is Celebrating American Cheese Month

    Most food holidays start with "National." National Tequila Day and National Rum Day have both been marked on City of Ate in recent months. Tomorrow is National Taco Day, and if you're inclined you can refer to this calendar, which demonstrates nearly every day of the year is devoted to a specific fo ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 11, 2011
  • Blogs

    August 3, 2011

    Calais Winery Launches Recycling Program. Not Convinced? It Involves Free Wine.

    ​On Saturday, Calais Winery will launch its new wine-bottle recycling program with the first rendition of what will become semi-annual event. From its rustic little shop on Commerce, the winery will accept empty bottles from any Texas winery. In exchange, generous winos will receive free tas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2011

    World Beer Company Bottle Shop Pub and Store Soft-Opens Saturday, and More Local Beer News

    No word on whether Obama beer is among the 500 available at World Beer Company Bottle Shop.​A hat tip, along with a couple of corrections, to UrbanDaddy, which scooped us on this beer bar and package store, but must have spent a little too much time coming up with a trademark story-ending zinger t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    Why Texas' Craft Beer Bills Are Doomed, And Why They Would've Been Baby Steps Anyway

    Daniel KramerMaybe it's a good thing HB 602 is doomed. Think how much longer the line for this Saint Arnold tour would be if guests could take beer home.​If you're a passionate beer drinker or state-legislation fetishist, you've probably read by now  that two of the House bills favoring Texas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2011

    What Would Happen if the Proposed Beer Legislation Becomes Law?

    ​Three bills bouncing around the Texas Legislature are being trumpeted as game-changers for the state's beer industry. In quick review: HB 660 would permit brewpubs to sell directly to wholesalers and distributors; HB 2436 would allow small breweries to sell their product for on- or off-site c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    Sigel's Discounts Mysterious Cheap Wines

    Sigel's is readying to put its 90 Cellars wines on sale, making the label Time recently described as a "magical combo" of good wine and cheap prices an even better deal. ​90 Cellars, the subject of a feature story in The Boston Globe this week, has been garnering attention for its unique bu ... More >>

  • News

    March 17, 2011
  • Blogs

    March 9, 2011

    Texas Wineries Ask "What Do Hispanic Wine Drinkers Want?"

    ​Hispanics represent a growing share of Texas' wine drinking population, but wineries are still grappling with how to pitch their products to them. "No information is available about the Hispanic wine market," Natalia Kolyesnikova, assistant director of the Texas Wine Marketing Research Insti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    Texas Wine Industry Considers Identifying Best of the Bunch

    ​Texas wine enthusiasts seeking a better way to convey to consumers which local wines deserve their attentions are broaching the possibility of creating a wine quality program. Russ Kane, a wine writer who's moderating a panel on wine quality at this week's Texas Wine and Grape Growers Associ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2011

    Beef Producers Tout Veal's Charms

    This was not the meat conference. ​Veal producers who worried their meat was bound to go the way of once-fashionable dishes like turtle soup say the future's suddenly looking brighter for the embattled protein. The veal industry, which made a point of being omnipresent at the 2011 Meat Confer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2011

    Houston Beer Lovers Plan Dallas Extravaganza

    ​The organizers of Dallas' first-ever Beer Week say the city's lack of microbreweries has proven to be a selling point in luring leading craft brewers here for the November event. "Because there aren't a lot of local breweries here, other breweries stand a chance," Cathy Clark explains. "Brew ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2011

    If You Think It Sucks Dallas Can't Buy Liquor on Sundays (And Especially This Sunday) ...

    Via.​... imagine how the people who sell it feel. Actually, no need to imagine it: The D.C.-based Distilled Spirits Council of the United States issued a press release today demanding the state of Texas drop its "outdated law banning Sunday liquor sales," especially considering the many millions i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2011

    Get Epically Stoned Tonight At The Common Table, Meet Jim Koch Friday At Ginger Man

    ​Paul Hightower at Dallas Craft Beer Examiner has a good round-up of the month's beer events on his January Craft Beer Calendar, and Brian Brown of Plano Craft Beer Examiner has a more thorough run-down of the week's area beer events. Both of them mention something I've had penciled on my calendar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2010

    Slaughterhouse Ban Could Hurt
    Small-Scale Producers

    Just your typical suburbanites, enjoying the "country" life of Collin County.​Small-scale meat producers say a proposal to limit slaughterhouse construction could harm farm-to-table eating statewide. According to a front-page story in today's Dallas Morning News, State Representative Jodie La ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2009

    Update: Beer And Cheese Pairing Canceled

    The Mozzarella Company's beer and cheese pairing mentioned in yesterday's Hash Over post and scheduled for this evening has been canceled in anticipation of tonight's Chicago-like weather forecast.

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2008

    Good Times Are in the Bag! Or Not, As Ice Investigation Continues.

    For those concerned about the fate of Dallas-based Reddy Ice, which had its offices raided by in March by Department of Justice officials looking for evidence of price fixing, this morning The Wall Street Journal provides an update. Looks like the FBI discovered, via wiretapping, that some ice indus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2008

    Pizza Inn to Make it Bahrain

    Pizza Inn The first Pizza Inn, which opened across the street from SMU in 1958 Fifty years ago, Pizza Inn opened its first eatery right across the street from the SMU campus; and, far as I was concerned 'round about the time I was about 8, the long-gone location at Forest and Marsh lanes proffered ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2008

    On the Brinker

    Headline from The Dallas Morning News, posted at 7:50 a.m.: "Brinker predicts 40% gain in earnings." Lead paragraph: "Brinker International Inc. Monday predicted its second-quarter earnings per share from continuing operations will be up nearly 40 percent, despite falling customer traffic at some of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2007

    Expect a Marlboro Snus Infection

    Says here Philip Morris USA will debut "a new, spitless, smokeless tobacco product" in a couple of months, to jumpstart its declining cigarette biz. And, lucky us, the DFW will be the petri dish in which Philip Morris tests its new product, which bears a most appetizing moniker: Marlboro Snus, descr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2007

    Whole Bull?

    What will the new Whole Foods -- which is to say the Park Lane edition, reportedly to sprawl more than 80,000 square feet when it opens spring 2008 -- be like? Will it be the chain's largest? Will it have a spa? Will it have an organic hybrid-car wash? The Austin-based company is releasing few detai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2006

    Statute Stomp

    A front page story in the Wall Street Journal this morning explored how Prohibition-era state and local regulations-- originally constructed to keep single brokers from controlling the booze trade much as mobsters did during Prohibition—are crumbing under the force of court challenges on const ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 10, 2005

    Sour Grapes

    At Tony's Wine Warehouse, there's a sucker born every minute

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    September 12, 1996
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    November 17, 1994
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