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Dallas (Texas)

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    October 1, 2014

    Voting for the 2014 Dallas Observer Music Awards Is Now Open

    Hold onto your butts, Dallas; it's that time of year again. Dallas Observer Music Awards time. DOMA time has moved back to its latest time of year ever, but we couldn't be more excited about it. This year, our annual music awards showcase -- Chevy Music Showcase North Texas Presents the Dallas Obs ... More >>

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    October 1, 2014

    Komali Chef Abraham Salum Knows What Dallas Wants, Knows It Will Change Next Week

    When we talk about the burgeoning culinary scene that exists in Dallas today, it's sometimes easy to forget about the chefs who spent years trying to convince us that great food was worth a little extra cash. Abraham Salum's eponymous restaurant Salum has been a fixture of the Dallas food community ... More >>

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    October 1, 2014

    Four Awesome Food Events in Dallas This Weekend, October 2-5

    In case you missed last week's opportunity to hob-nob with John Tesar, fear not. Tesar will be joining a host of celebrity chefs for everyone's favorite alliterative meat and booze combo: the 6th Annual Burgers & Burgundy event. The chefs will "be rep-representin'" their slider and wine pairings whi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2014

    Does Dallas Really Have the Most Restaurants Per Capita? And If So, Who Cares?

    "Dallas has the most restaurants per capita of any city in the U.S." Have you heard this one before? The statement is as pervasive here as "Hey, where is the valet stand?" and "I'll have my steak well done." Usually, it's issued as a sort of bragging right. Dallasites who are proud of their city b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2014

    How I Picked the Best Burger in Dallas

    Best of Dallas has arrived, and in addition to arts, culture and music picks it's filled with more food than your stomach could ever hope hold for the rest of the year. I should know because I ate all of it. I love each one of those picks, much like parents say they love each and every one of thei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2014

    Drink Beer and Without Feeling (Quite as) Bad About It

    Beer is one of those paradoxical liquids that can make one feel both supremely good and devastatingly bad. In our never-ending effort to help them imbibers of Dallas maximize their good-vibes and justify their wrongdoing, we've compiled this list of local craft beer companies that make a point of gi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2014

    The Phuss Bounce Back from Recent Turmoil with On the Prowl

    Even if the Phuss "Don't Feel Good," they really ought to. You see, they've had to deal with some real emotional whiplash over the past few months. Early in the summer came the exciting news that they had signed to New York label Magnetic Eye Records, who would be releasing their third album, On the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2014

    Dallas Apartments and Hotels Are Terrible at Recycling

    It's really easy to recycle in Dallas if you live in a house. Just dump that unsorted mass of old newspapers, empty soda cans and milk cartons into a cavernous blue bin, drag it to the curb and let one the city's lumbering dump trucks haul it away. For those who live in apartments -- nearly half of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2014

    Few of Dallas' Cops Live in the City, and Chief Brown Says They Should Know More about It

    At the latest town hall meeting held by District Attorney Craig Watkins, Dallas Police Chief David Brown, speaking to a primarily black crowd, said a program to educate young officers about the police department's history with the city was in the works. He seemed to think it was badly needed. "I'm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2014

    Kitchen LTO Chef Blythe Beck on Global Culinary Domination and Sexism in the Kitchen

    In her relative short time as executive chef of the former Hotel Palomar's now-defunct restaurant Central 214, Blythe Beck quickly made a name for herself. Known as "The Naughty Chef" from both her Lifetime TV reality show and the combination of "booze, butter and bacon" that made her famous, Beck i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2014

    Big Old Grain of Salt on all Those Dallas Morning News DISD Stories

    Monday, I look at The Dallas Morning News, and I see a headline, "Dallas ISD likely breaking attendance law, former lawmaker says." So immediately right there in the same headline I see a lawmaker and a lawbreaker. I've already got a mental image of somebody at school headquarters in cuffs with his ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2014

    The Best Bar Staffs in Dallas

    When it comes to live music venues, Dallas has polychromatic shades of bar staffs, from its draft-pouring, quietly rustic bartenders to the sophisticated mixologists with novel ways of concocting a drink. When you frequent a venue often enough, it's nice to be remembered. This could very well mean y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2014

    Six Stops to Make at the New and Improved Dallas Farmers Market

    After the City of Dallas sold the Dallas Farmers Market off to a private entity, market goers were promised big changes. When the market reopened on September 1, it was a little difficult to tell what exactly had changed. Shed 2, the former home of Pecan Lodge, is completely closed as the group reno ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2014

    Dallas' Six Best Breakfast Spots

    For the longest time, we've been told breakfast was the most important meal of the day. Without two eggs and a square of toast before 9 a.m., we'd be doomed to walk around like reverse-negative sun zombies, drooling, chewing on pencil erasers and unable to form complete sentences. Recently, though, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2014

    What We Drank at Dallas Observer Brewfest

    Ed SteeleSteven Harrell is a Dallas freelancer. He writes about beer for the Observer. On Saturday night, more than 4,000 Dallasites descended on the Farmer's Market for Dallas Observer Brewfest. The event made for great people watching if you want to get to know all of the different kinds of awkwa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2014

    Dallas Broke Its Own Rules to Get Dirt for Its Golf Course. Now, It Wants a Free Pass.

    To understand just how badly City Hall has bungled its stewardship of the section of the Great Trinity Forest sandwiched between the Trinity Forest Golf Course and the Texas Horse Park, you can visit the delicate wetland pond the city illegally let a contractor drain last month for "dust control." F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2014

    Dallas City Hall's 10 Best Bads (Not Necessarily in Order of Egregiousness)

    We're busy wrapping up our Best of Dallas 2014 issue, so we're in a stop-and-smell-the-roses state of mind. No wait. Those aren't roses. 1. Hiring a horse-abuser to run the city's new horse park. See: The Cruel and Unusual Making of the Texas Horse Park. 2. Sucking all the water out of natural ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2014

    Six Awesome Food Events in Dallas This Weekend, September 11-14

    We hear you, DFW. No more screaming, "WHAT'S HAPPENING? AND IF THERE IS ANYTHING HAPPENING, ARE THERE CHILDRENS' TICKETS?" into the void. Starting this week, and every week forever after, we present you with a down-and-dirty schedule of food and drink-related events. You can always find more event ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2014

    An Interview with Dee Lincoln Chef Andrew Powers, Who Makes Steak in Steaktown, USA

    Ask anyone who's involved in the Dallas food scene what our signature dish is, and they'll pretty unanimously come up with one answer: steak. Even though Dallas restaurants have been throttling toward lighter, more produce-focused offerings, beef is still king. Or maybe, in the case of Dee Lincoln's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2014

    7 North Texas Bands Shaping American Hardcore Music

    With all of the space given by the local press to the nationwide impact of North Texas musicians on a variety of genres, it's shocking that so little has been written about the area's influence on the American hardcore scene. For a musical style that's all too often written off as one-dimensional, i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2014

    A Passionate Plea for More Tiki Bars in Dallas

    There are exotic plants at the Sunset Lounge on Ross Avenue, but they're in the wallpaper -- giant, two-dimensional green leaves layered geometrically over beige paint as you look left from the bar. I'm looking at them as my attentive bartender, Rodney, who's wearing a stylish Duck Dynasty shirt, te ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2014

    10 North Texas Albums You Should Be Excited About This Fall

    Fall may be a sad time for some folks. For instance, those who have to go back to school. There are also those who relish the oppressive heat of the summer (we swear, it was milder than normal this year!). But for the rest of us, the fall is something to be excited about. It's especially true for mu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2014

    The Best Dallas Electronic Concerts in September

    As the summer winds down, September usually sees the kick-off of proper concert touring season for the fall. When it comes to electronic music, this month is no exception. With a big-name indie dance act like Hercules and Love Affair rolling through town alongside a Chicago house veteran like Gene F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2014

    The Best Dallas Punk and Metal Concerts in September

    A quick glance at our comprehensive Dallas concert guide might give you the impression that this month is stuffed with some real crap, metal-wise. Linkin Park, Limp Bizkit, Godsmack, Seether; it's like an endless parade of nightmares that has no place in 2014. So we here at DC9 thought we'd take a q ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 27: The Cuban at the Whistling Pig

    To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2014 issue, we're counting down (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes. If there's a dish you think we need to try, leave it in the comments, or email me. Based on the output from the kitchen of Cock and Bull, it was expected. The East Dallas ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2014

    Would Texas' Stand Your Ground Law Protect The Dallas Officers Who Shot Unarmed Suspects?

    Since August 10, Dallas police officers have shot six people, killing four of them. Most were armed and a threat to others. One, Andrew Scott Gaynier, was unarmed, though police say he lunged at the off-duty officer who shot him. The events surrounding the shooting of an unarmed teen in Ferguson, M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2014

    Dallas' Rat Problem Is Getting Worse

    If a pest control guy is making you feel terrified about rats invading your home, he's probably just trying to sell you on his ability to kill all those rats. That's the lesson, anyway, from another guy who sells rat-killing services. "If it feels like they're trying to scare you, they probably are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2014

    Proof Pantry's Michael Martensen Is Battling the "Pretentious Asshole Bartender" (Interview)

    It's Drinking Week at City of Ate, which means even more stories than usual about our favorite pastime. Check back for more stories about craft beer, killer bartenders and more. Even though it's been a relatively enduring trend in bars across the country for nearly a decade, Dallas has only recentl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2014

    The Best Texas Music Venues for Road Trippin'

    As you might have noticed, we're a bit obsessed with traveling here at the Observer. We've given you weekend getaways, food centered trips, and hidden road trips. So it was only a matter of time before we got in on the fun here at DC9. Being that we live and breathe Texas music, here are the 12 musi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2014

    Dallas Pays More for Electricity than Austin or San Antonio. Thanks, Deregulation.

    There exist, floating around the Internet and stuffed into the filing cabinets of public-interest watchdogs, an trove of eminently credible reports and white papers explaining in painstaking detail why and how Texas' decade-old experiment with electricity deregulation has failed. But there's an easi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2014

    Earthquake Versus Hot Weather in Dallas

    Sunday it was 7 a.m. California time when I called my brother in the Bay Area to ask if he had died in the quake. He said no. I thought he sounded sleepy, but he could have been serene. It's hard to tell with those people. I asked if he would be moving out of California soon. He said serenely that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2014

    Dallas' Libraries, Among the Nation's Worst Funded, May Actually Get Some More Money

    On Wednesday, book lovers from across the city showed up in force at the Dallas City Council meeting. It was the first time council members were able to throw amendments at the proposed city budget for the next fiscal year. And supporters of Dallas Public Libraries wanted them to carefully consider ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2014

    Ten Great Food Road Trips from Dallas

    You've had Velvet Taco nine times this year. Your kid's peed himself in the Klyde Warren fountains another seven. You're in a rut. You need a change-up, and you need it covered in sauce, and you need it now. We've got you covered, in sauce, with these 10 food road trips. Charge the iPads, gas the m ... More >>

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    August 21, 2014
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    August 20, 2014

    The 10 Best Blues Clubs in Dallas-Fort Worth

    Texas music bleeds the blues, but finding a place to enjoy them in Dallas-Fort Worth area seems nearly impossible these days. A younger generation of rising starts like Jason Elmore and Larry Lampkin make their guitars moan the blues like masters Lance Lopez and Stevie Ray Vaughan once did. They wer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2014

    Young People Still Hate Dallas

    You may have seen some of the breathless headlines. "In the heat of summer, Forbes says Dallas is cool." "No surprise that Texas has some of the coolest cities in America." "Dallas Among Top 10 'Coolest Cities in America'." But here's the deal, Dallas: Houston and Austin have both outcooled us. ... More >>

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    August 13, 2014

    Dallas Is One of the Few Cities in America Where a Young Person Can Buy a House

    Dallas is among the 10 best cities in the country for young people to buy a home, according to a new National Association of Realtors report. "Buying a home," if you're under 35, is an old-timey activity practiced mostly by your parents and grandparents, sort of like using a rotary phone or having a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2014

    Michael Morris Is the King of DFW Politics, and the King Says the Highways Stay

    Michael Morris, the Dallas Forth Worth area's No. 1 regional transportation planner, guru and playuh, was back in the news over the weekend and today for his decree that knocking down an overhead freeway in Dallas ain't gonna happen, no matter what the hippie wingdings think (not his precise words). ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2014

    A.Dd Chronicle Their Nawfside Love on New Nawf EP

    Dallas 'Nawfsiders' Paris Pershun and Slim Gravy, known together as A.Dd (pronounced 'ay-dee-dee'), have had the local hip-hop scene on lock for years now. Today, North Texas' favorite hip-hop duo will drop their first release since DiveHiFlyLo, a five-song EP titled Nawf. The project started co ... More >>

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    August 11, 2014

    Why You Should Be Excited That Buc-ee's Might Come to DFW

    It's probably surprising to everyone outside of Texas that people here get excited about a convenience store. But Buc-ee's isn't your average convenience store. Sure, other states have their truck stops and plain old gas stations, but Buc-ee's is like an oasis in the middle of otherwise desperately ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2014

    AraabMuzik Cancels Thursday Appearance at Trees

    We'll give AraabMuzik this much: At least he didn't wait till the fans were already inside the door at Trees to cancel his concert. (Sorry, Young Thug, but not sorry.) In all seriousness, though, word came out this afternoon that the East Coast producer, who was scheduled to headline Trees this comi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2014

    Urban Orchard Market, Downtown Dallas' Only Grocer Folds After Less Than a Year

    When Urban Orchard Market opened to moderate fanfare last October, there was hope that maybe, finally, Downtown Dallas was grown up enough to support a grocery store. It's not. Ten months after opening, the jaunty "Now Open" banner still hanging above the door, the market has quietly closed. A down ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2014

    Dallas Pedestrian Deaths Are Concentrated in High-Poverty Areas, New Data Says

    It may be surprising to hear, with as much as North Texas has been deservedly trashed for being a car-dependent, unwalkable hellscape, but DFW fails to crack even the top 50 of a recent Governing.com study measuring pedestrian deaths per capita. Between 2008 and 2012 the region has averaged 6.5 pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2014

    The Dallas Farmers Market's Extreme Makeover Is Almost Complete

    Foodies in Dallas have long lamented the problems of the Dallas Farmers Market. A lack of consistent local vendors and general disinterest from the city of Dallas resulted in a lackluster farmer's market that did not accurately represent the bounty produced by local farmers. In many cases, it just w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2014

    Amazon Same-Day Delivery Begins in Dallas Today. Couch Potatoes Rejoice.

    The highly anticipated Amazon same-day delivery service begins today in Dallas, Baltimore, Indianapolis, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. It's an extension of the delivery service that was launched in four West Coast cities earlier this year. And with this official announcement, couc ... More >>

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    August 4, 2014

    New Transit Data Makes DFW Look Extra Bad, Until You Realize It Includes Arlington

    In honor of the opening of Washington Metropolitan Area Transit's new Silver Line, which connects previously unserved areas of Northern Virginia to the capitol's sprawling public transportation network, Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight data journalism project has released an interactive chart of per ca ... More >>

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    August 4, 2014

    State Health Services Says Dallas Bag Ban Must Exempt Poor People from Five-Cent Fee

    If the point of a plastic bag fee is get people to stop using plastic bags, then it may not make sense to give the bags away to people who can't afford the fee, though the Texas Department of State Health Services says poor people on federal aid shouldn't have to pay for grocery bags. A few weeks ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2014

    The Best North Texas Country Shows in August

    Be warned, fans of country, folk and Americana music: you're going to be rather busy in August. Narrowing down the list of worthy country-ish concerts to catch to only five is almost futile, as the list for August could've easily been far more. But we're here to have some fun and lists that we can a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2014

    Morning News Denies Its Own Sorry History in Price-Inland Port Story

    Oh, I swore I wasn't going to respond to the stuff yesterday by Tod Robberson on The Dallas Morning News opinion blog yesterday, but now "Wylie H Dallas," the scarily well-informed omnipresent pseudonymous blog commenter, has got me all stirred up. This morning he posted an old Steve Blow column f ... More >>

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    July 30, 2014

    Bribe-Payers, Bribe-Takers, Who Walks and Who Gets Slammed

    This is an addendum to a thing I wrote yesterday about the recent indictment of Dallas' most powerful county officials on bribery and tax charges. One thing we all have to do in order to figure this out is the math. We can talk all day about collective guilt -- I think I just did -- but we also n ... More >>

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