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Dallas (Texas)

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    October 16, 2014

    Five Awesome Food Events in Dallas This Weekend, October 16-19

    Every Thursday, the Dallas Farmers Market -- newly renovated and bustling with vendors -- stays open late. For vegetable lovers, these extended hours represent a rare opportunity to get their late-night-produce-groove on, while others see the combination of food trucks, an open-air market and beer a ... More >>

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    October 10, 2014

    Sorry, Dallas, but Your Favorite Puffy Taco Is Not a Puffy Taco at All

    Despite a modest campaign to right puffy-taco wrongs, there remains a great rift in Dallas' puffy-taco universe. The issue centers around an impostor, a sham, a fraudulent taco promising supple puffiness that never makes its way to the plate. You'll find this taco at many Tex-Mex restaurants, includ ... More >>

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    October 10, 2014

    Tickets On Sale for the Dallas Observer Music Awards Showcase

    It's been a little over a week now since voting opened, so we're just going to go ahead and ask: Have you filled out your Dallas Observer Music Awards ballot yet? If yes, congratulations. You're a champ. If not, it's okay; we understand what it's like to play the long game. In fact, voting will be o ... More >>

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    October 10, 2014

    Austin's Transmission Events, the Company Behind Fun Fun Fun Fest, is Coming to Dallas

    You may not know the the name Transmission Events, but you sure know the work that they do. Based in Austin, Transmission are the folks behind Fun Fun Fun Fest, the music festival held each fall at Auditorium Shores in the capitol city. They also do all the booking for prominent Austin venue Mohawk. ... More >>

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    October 9, 2014

    How Dallas' Young Chefs Are Remaking its Dining Scene, in Their Own Words

    The Dallas of 20 years ago exists only on the margins of the current culinary climate. There are more restaurants in this city than ever, and the focus of the chefs who run its best restaurants has shifted dramatically in the last five years. No longer is Dallas known for its decadent-but-boring ste ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2014

    Ebola Story Is All About Who, What, Where and Whether To Tell Anybody

    One great service Dallas could render to the rest of the country, should the dust ever settle on the local Ebola story, would be a thorough, no-holds-barred post mortem on information sharing. I am already hearing from people behind the scenes, speaking off the record, that there has been significan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2014

    THE COG! It Has a New Idea for the Trinity Toll Road. Be Very Very Afraid!

    The weird shadow government nobody knows about but that runs everything, called "THE COG!," headquartered near Six Flags amusement park in Arlington, is cooking up a plan to ram a new highway down the city's throat even if the city votes against it. Well, that would be my interpretation of a story ... More >>

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    October 8, 2014

    Fracking Company Makes Pink Drill Bits for Cancer ... to Fight It, We Mean

    Baker Hughes, a Houston-based fracking concern with three offices in Dallas, cares about breast cancer research. Just enough, in fact, that they've made 100 pink drill bits to increase awareness this month, according to New York magazine, which pointed some other interesting links between fracking a ... More >>

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    October 7, 2014

    Rifle-Toting Huey P. Newton Gun Club Delivers Report on Police Shootings to Feds

    In hopes of raising awareness of police brutality, two groups walked single-file together through downtown Dallas Monday afternoon with rifles slung over their shoulders. The Huey P. Newton Gun Club, which marched down Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in August, and the Indigenous People's Liberation Pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2014

    Chef Kyle McClelland Ditched Brooklyn for Dallas and Isn't Looking Back (Interview)

    The ascension of Dallas' culinary scene has been a curious thing to watch from the sidelines. As a diner, Dallasites have more restaurants to choose from than ever, helmed by some of the country's brightest up-and-coming chefs. At the same time, this progress has been slow-going, and Dallas has been ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2014

    The 10 Biggest Sins of Dallas Diners, in Honor of Yom Kippur

    The somber Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur begins at sundown, extending until precisely 7:44 p.m. tomorrow. So while you all are stuffing your faces with festival barbecue, Oktoberfest beers, fried fair fare and pumpkin-flavored everything, I, and millions of other Jewish folk, will be consuming absolu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2014

    Feds Allot $9 Million for Unaccompanied Kids' Attorney Fees, But How Far Can That Money Go?

    On Tuesday, the Obama administration announced an initiative to allot $9 million to help unaccompanied Central American kids pay for attorney fees. The money will be given to several cities with a high population of these kids, including Dallas, over the next two years. It's a powerful statement in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2014

    Six Great New Burgers in Dallas

    When talking food with other people that like food, it would be perfectly fine to say that Dallas has had an excellent year of making new burgers. You should feel free to clink your glass with your fork, or raise an index finger into the air, as if you are saying, I'm speaking now, and calmly let fl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

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    September 18, 2014
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    September 18, 2014
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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    September 11, 2014
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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    August 29, 2014

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

    To prepare for this fall's Best of DallasĀ® 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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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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